Suburban population stays steady


A 30-year (1980-2010) population analysis of the suburbs surrounding Northeast Minneapolis shows little change in the number of people living in St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop (a decline of 330 people or a little more than 1 percent, from a 1980 total of almost 29,000).

Within that total, however, and within individual cities, significant changes were found:

  • Over the 30 years, Columbia Heights and Hilltop decreased in population, while St. Anthony gained in population.
  • Ethnic diversity has grown, especially in Columbia Heights. In 1980, Columbia Heights’ population was 97 percent White; in 2010, White people make up 65 percent of the population. St. Anthony’s population was 97 percent White in 1980, 84 percent White in 2010.
  • The strongest gains in non-White population occurred in the most recent 20 years, and mostly among Black and Hispanic people (note that percentages might not appear to total 100; the Census data notes that Hispanic people can be of any race).

More on population, ethnicity

Early data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Metropolitan Council and the City of Minneapolis provide 2010 figures for general population, for race and ethnicity, and for housing occupancy. This article tracks some of the population and race/ethnicity numbers from the 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 Census data for St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop. Northeast Minneapolis numbers are included for reference. For detailed and neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of the Northeast Minneapolis Census data, see the Northeaster Current News section at

St. Anthony’s population declined slightly between 1980 and 1990, but increased more over the next 20 years, to post an overall gain of about 3 percent in 30 years.

Columbia Heights’ population declined by more than 1,000 between 1980 and 1990, and by about 400 between 1990 and 2000, In the past 10 years, Heights gained almost 1,000, so the 30-year decrease is about 2 percent.

Hilltop has shown the most dramatic population decrease based on percentage (a 9 percent decline over 30 years). The overall population of Hilltop is very low compared with the other suburbs (817 in 1990, 744 in 2010), which allows a small number of people (in this case, 73) to create an unusually high percentage figure.

In 1980, 138 Hispanic people and 48 Black people lived in Columbia Heights. By 1990, those numbers had grown to 273 and 221. Between 1990 and 2000 the number of Hispanic people more than doubled to 583, and the number of Black people tripled in 10 years, to 667. In the next 10 years, both groups almost quadrupled in population, reaching 2,319 and 2,596 in 2010.

Between 1980 and 2010, the Asian population in St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop grew from 450 to 1,428.

A total of 60 Native Americans lived in St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop in 1980; that number grew to 360 by 2000, and declined to 289 by 2010.


10-, 20-, 30-Year Trends