by Mike Knaak
Newly released data from the 2020 Census shows that while some towns in central Minnesota such as Waite Park and St. Cloud have seen dramatic increases in their non-white populations, Sartell still remains predominantly white.
For example, white residents of St. Cloud have grown from 85% to 68% of the total population over the past 10 years, and Waite Park has gone from 84% white to 60% white. Meanwhile, Sartell’s population was 89% white in 2020 compared to 95% in 2010.
Statewide, Minnesota is diversifying, with the number of white residents declining for the first time. Minnesota’s population has grown by more than 400,000 people over the past 10 years to reach 5,706,494, an increase of 7.6 percent, with residents who identified themselves as black, Asian, Hispanic, or two-race. or more at the origin of growth.
Sartell’s population has grown 22% over the past decade, according to 2020 census data. Sartell has 19,351 people as of April 1, 2020, up from 15,876 in 2010.
The population of Stearns County grew 5.1% to 158,292. Benton County had 41,379 people in 2020, up 7.6%.
Percentage of white population in cities in the region
City 2010 2020
Sartell 95.5 89.2
Sauk Rapids 94.9 88.0
Saint-Joseph 93.7 86.8
Saint-Cloud 84.6 68.8
Waite Park 83.6 59.6
Census data will be used to redraw local, state, and national political boundaries, including the state legislature and United States House of Representatives districts.
The data was collected in the spring and summer of 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and officials were concerned that these conditions would affect participation and the accuracy of the results. Minnesota led the country with a spontaneous response rate, meaning no enumerator had to visit the residence, of 75.1%. In Sartell, 83.3% of people declared themselves by mail or online.
Minnesota’s population has grown just enough to retain its eight congressional districts. If the census had counted 89 more New Yorkers, or just 26 fewer Minnesotans, Minnesota would have lost one seat to New York. Congressional district boundaries will need to be redrawn to balance districts that have added people with those that have fewer. The seventh district has added more than 20,600 people since 2010, which means it will need to shrink geographically.
The same balance will have to take place in the State House and Senate. District 13B, represented by Tim O’Driscoll, added population while surrounding areas, including the rest of Senate District 13, lost people. District 13B has a population of 44,067, while District 13A has 39,749 inhabitants.