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Austin continues to lose population, according to census

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Some communities in southeastern Minnesota, including Austin, continue to lose population, according to the latest population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city’s population dropped 0.4 percent, to 22,800, from 2007 to 2008 and has decreased by about 2 percent since 2000, according to the census.

Other southeastern Minnesota cities that have experienced population losses include Winona. Red Wing grew from 2007 to 2008 but remains smaller than it was in 2000.

In Rochester, the census estimate puts the city’s population at 100,413, the first time an official federal estimate put the city’s population in the six figures. City officials believe the city’s population hit 100,000 in early 2008.

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In Minnesota the top 10 list looks about the same as it has for the past few years. The Twin Cities continue to grow as do a number of suburbs.

The following list shows the state’s most populous cities and how much they’ve grown from 2007 to 2008. It also includes the new populations for several other notable cities. The population of the state as a whole increased in 2008 by about 38,000 to 5.22 million.

The list shows population rank, city, 2008 population, percent increase from 2007, and percent increase from 2000.

1. Minneapolis, 382,605, 0.8 percent since 2007, 0 percent since 2000

2. St. Paul, 279,590, 0.6 percent, -2.63 percent

3. Rochester, 100,413, 1.8 percent, 17.02 percent

4. Duluth, 84,284, 0 percent, -3.03 percent

5. Bloomington, 81,280, 0.3 percent, -4.57 percent

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6. Plymouth, 71,486, 1 percent, 8.49 percent

7. Brooklyn Park, 71,308, 1.1 percent, 5.82 percent

8. St. Cloud, 66,948, 0.4 percent, 13.27 percent

9. Eagan, 63,985, 0.4 percent, 0.67 percent

10. Coon Rapids, 61,832, 0.0 percent ,0.37 percent

Others:

33. Winona, 26,785, -0.2 percent, -1.05 percent

44. Austin, 22,800, -0.4 percent, -2.2 percent

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46. Faribault, 22,009, 0.7 percent, 5.72 percent

65. Red Wing, 15,687, 0.2 percent, -2.66 percent

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