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MARSHALL — The population of Lyon County and the City of Marshall have both declined over the past 10 years, but not as much in Marshall, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.
Lyon County had a population of 25,259 at the 2020 census, a decrease of 588 people from 2010. Marshall’s census results remained relatively stable, but were still declining – the 2020 census showed a population of 13,628, a decrease of 52 people compared to the 2010 count.
“I think we were all unsure of what the census would be. It happened at a very unusual time in history,” said Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes.
“In Marshall, the census was taken at a time when the population was on the move” due to COVID-19 closures, he said. Having fewer students on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus in April could have influenced the city’s census results, he said.
Data released Thursday by the US Census Bureau showed a more detailed look at the population and demographic changes in each state, including information on individual counties and cities. Figures released earlier this year showed Minnesota’s population grew to 5.7 million in 2020, an increase of 7.6%, which was barely enough to allow the state to retain its eight districts. of Congress.
Census data showed growth in some southwestern Minnesota cities over the past decade. Worthington’s population grew to 13,947, an increase of more than 1,100 people from 2010. The town of New Ulm grew by nearly 600, to a population of 14,120. The town of Willmar had 21 015 inhabitants, an increase of more than 1,400 people compared to the 2010 census.
Byrnes said it seemed likely last year’s census had fewer SMSU students living on campus than normal. Last spring, the university switched to distance learning due to COVID-19 concerns, and having fewer students living in Marshall would impact the census count, it said. -he declares.
While it’s disappointing to have 52 fewer residents in Marshall, Byrnes said there’s been a declining population trend in rural Minnesota.
In the future, he said, “We will really have to look at where our strengths are” as well as growth opportunities at Marshall.
Thursday’s data release also included race, age and other demographic information for Minnesotans in the 2020 census. Minnesota remains predominantly white, but not nearly as much.
The population identifying as white has increased from 83.1% in 2010 to 76.3% in 2020. But the population identifying as black has increased from 5.1% to 6.9%. Whites remain the largest racial group in all Minnesota counties. The most diverse county in the state is Mahnomen, where Native Americans make up 41.7% of the population.
Minnesotans age 18 and older make up 76.9% of the population. The population aged 18 and over increased by 9.2% from 2010 to 2020, while the growth of the population under 18 was less than 2.6%.
One of the main issues with the new census figures is the state’s political map, which needs to be redrawn to reflect changes in population. The data shows a shift from greater Minnesota to the Twin Cities area, particularly the suburbs. Redistricting usually ends up in court.
Byrnes and Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer EJ Moberg said redistricting data will also be important at the local level. Census data is used to determine where Marshall draws the boundaries of his three electoral wards. In turn, the demographics of Marshall wards impact Lyon County Commissioner’s Districts.
If there is enough population change in county commissioner districts, those seats may be up for re-election in 2022, Moberg said.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report