Population surpasses 100,000
The United States Census Bureau recently released the 2016 population estimate for Carver County. For the first time, the County has surpassed the 100,000 population mark! The 2016 population for Carver County was estimated at 100,262. While Carver County continues to have the lowest population total of the 7-County Metro Area, the County now has the 11th largest population of all counties in the State of Minnesota.
Historically, Carver County has had a relatively small population reflective of agriculture being the primary land use compared to the other counties within the 7-county metro. During the late 1860s, Carver County’s population first exceeded 10,000. From that point, it took almost 100 years for the population to exceed 25,000. It wasn’t until 1991 that Carver County surpassed a population of 50,000. As the twin cities metro region has grown, it has led to an increased growth rate for Carver County.
Carver County now is experiencing one of the fastest growth rates for all counties in the State of Minnesota. This trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. The majority of the population growth continues to occur at the eastern cities of Carver County, such as Chanhassen, Chaska, and Victoria. The western cities of Carver County are also experiencing growth but at a steadier rate.
The increase in population will present Carver County with both challenges and opportunities for the future. The Metropolitan Council projects the population of Carver County to exceed 160,000 by the year 2040. The County is currently in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan and resident input will play an important role in the planning process for land use, transportation, parks, and water resources.
Additional information regarding Carver County demographics can be found on the United States Census Bureau website. For any questions regarding Carver County demographics, please contact the Planning department at (952) 361-1800.