In the years between Census periods, official population numbers are determined by the State Demographer and become the official population statistics used in determining funding based on population.
Wright County’s continued growth is reflected in the State Demographer’s official statistics for 2021. As a state, the population of Minnesota grew by 0.6 percent – approximately 37,500 people. Only four counties grew by more than 2 percent with Wright County being one of them. The other three counties – Crow Wing, Hubbard and Cass – are small counties whose combined population is less than Wright County. These are the population increases by county in 2021:
Crow Wing County up 2.7 percent (66,123 in 2020 Census to 67,887 as of Dec. 31, 2021)
Wright County up 2.6 percent (141,337 in 2020, 144,948 in 2021)
Hubbard County up 2.6 percent (21,344 in 2020, 21,909 in 2021)
Cass County up 2.4 percent (30,066 in 2020, 30,784 in 2021)
If those numbers continue, by the end of the decade, Wright County will have grown by more than 36,000 residents – a 26 percent increase of the population for the 2020 Census.