16 County Metro
Our 16-county metro offers unique opportunities for your business. With the average commute being #1 in the country at less than 21 minutes, the Greater MSP region has been a driving force for growth in the state.
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Over the last two decades, Greater MSP has enjoyed tremendous population growth. From 1990 to 2010 the 16-county region welcomed more than 205,000 new people, making it the fastest-growing region in the state. In fact, the region's population increased twice as fast as the state, jumping 43.1 percent compared with 21.2 percent statewide.
All but one county in the region saw population growth during that period, with the fastest increases occurring in the counties surrounding the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Sherburne County doubled in population (up 111 percent) over the last 20 years, followed by Wright County (up 81.5 percent) and Chisago County (up 76.6 percent). Isanti (up 45.9 percent), Pine (up 39.9 percent), and Mille Lacs (up 39.8 percent) all saw rapid growth as well. Those six counties were among the 11 fastest-growing counties in the state.