Census data: Rochester's population grew to 111,402 in 2014
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Rochester added 689 people in 2014, according to new estimates released Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 0.6 percent increase was the highest of any Minnesota city outside of the Twin Cities metro. The population now stands at 111,402, making it the 249th largest city in the country.
While many rural counties in southeast Minnesota lost residents or stayed neutral, places within commuting distance of Rochester — like Byron and Oronoco — showed strong growth.
The Rochester area is expected to undergo significant population growth over the next 50 years. The population of Olmsted County alone is expected to reach 241,000 by 2060, an increase of 97,000 people.
Overall, the state's population is up 2.9 percent from the 2010 U.S. Census. In July 2014, there were an estimated 5,457,173 people living in the state.
Minneapolis grew by 6,560 residents for a total population of 407,207, while St. Paul added 2,200 people for a total of 297,640. Population growth in Minnesota's two largest urban areas is coming after decades of decline, which started with the white flight of the 1960s and 70s.
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(Cover graphic: U.S. Census Bureau)