Growing economy put Saint Paul’s population back above 300,000

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The City of Saint Paul has surpassed a population of 300,000 for the first time since the 1970s. That’s among the findings from the Metropolitan Council’s city-level preliminary population estimates for 2015. The preliminary estimates confirm U.S. Census Bureau findings that the seven-county region has surpassed the 3 million mark.

The preliminary estimates show growth continues to occur across the region, with the strongest growth occurring in urban and suburban areas. As population growth outpaces residential construction, however, the region’s housing vacancy rate has gone down, making for a competitive rental market and higher housing prices.

“The region’s steady growth reflects our diversified, competitive economy, and low unemployment,” said Council Chair Adam Duininck. “It’s great to see this growth shared across all corners of our region.

Read more of this story at Metropolitan Council. Photo courtesy of City of Saint Paul.

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