by Joni Astrup
Sherburne County’s population has climbed 37 percent in the last decade, according to the 2010 census.
The county’s population now stands at 88,499, up from 64,417 in 2000.
“We were pretty vital in the first half of the decade,” Sherburne County Deputy Administrator Luci Botzek said of the county’s growth since the 2000 census. “We were one of the fastest-growing counties in the country.”
But, like what everybody else has experienced, the last couple of years have been more difficult and the growth has slowed down, she said.
The county continues to do all it can to promote economic development and be business-friendly, she said.
As for the redistricting process, which involves redrawing political boundaries to reflect population changes, Botzek said it’s too early to say how the census figures may affect boundaries. Sherburne County has five commissioner districts.
Botzek said counties are the last in the process to redistrict. Congressional districts, legislative districts, cities and so forth must redistrict first.
“It’s a very long, convoluted process,” she said.
Sherburne remains 12th most populous
Sherburne remains the 12th most populous county in Minnesota, out of 87 counties.
That rank is the same as in 2000. By contrast, in 1990 Sherburne was the state’s 18th most populous county.
Between 2000 and 2010, Wright County dropped from ninth to 10th on the list of most populous Minnesota counties
Wright’s population increased 39 percent in the last decade, from 89,986 to 124,700.
Most populous counties in Minnesota
Rank County 2010 population
1 Hennepin 1,152,425
2 Ramsey 508,640
3 Dakota 398,552
4 Anoka 330,844
5 Washington 238,136
6 St. Louis 200,226
7 Stearns 150,642
8 Olmsted 144,248
9 Scott 129,928
10 Wright 124,700
11 Carver 91,042
12 Sherburne 88,499
13 Rice 64,142
14 Blue Earth 64,013
15 Crow Wing 62,500
Source: U.S. Census Bureau