Small Towns In Southern Minnesota Continue To Get Smaller

The long-time trend of people moving out of small towns in the region and into cities like Mankato and Eagle Lake continues.

According to a breakdown of the latest figures by Greater Mankato Growth, the local city with the largest percentage rise in population between 2015 and 2016 was Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake’s population rose by 4.6%. Mankato was next at 2.58%.

For Minnesota cities with a population of at least 500, Eagle Lake’s growth rate was the 2nd highest in the state. Eagle Lake also had the state’s 2nd highest growth rate between 2014 and 2015.

The other area cities that saw their population grow were Madison Lake (1.11), Courtland (.94), North Mankato (.91) and St. Peter (.20).

The town with the largest decline in population from 2015 to 2016 was Pemberton, which dropped by 2.51%.

Also seeing a drop in residents were Skyline (-2.08), Good Thunder (-2.00), Vernon Center (-1.89), Amboy (-1.52), St. Clair (-.82), Mapleton (-.74) Lake Crystal (-.47), Le Sueur (-.27) and Nicollet (-.27).

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