Mpls: Small Population Growth from 2000 to ’09

In the past decade, Minneapolis experienced a slight population growth while St. Paul's population declined.

Between 2000 and 2009, Minneapolis' population increased by only 2,631 people-or about 0.7 percent-to 385,378, according to revised U.S. Census figures released earlier this month.

Minneapolis shed residents between 2000 and 2004, but the city began to see a steady increase during the next few years.

St. Paul saw a decline of 5,495 residents during the decade, leaving it with 281,253 people in July of 2009.

Bloomington, Minnesota's third-largest city, lost 2,250 residents-or about 2.6 percent of its population-between April 2000 and July 2009.

The U.S. Census Bureau originally released 2009 population figures for cities and incorporated towns in June. Changes in the estimated number of homes in about 6,000 communities led to the release of this month's revisions.

-Liala Helal