Written by James Warden and Zac Farber.
St. Louis Park could see its population surge over the next three decades.
Preliminary Met Council estimates released Wednesday predict that St. Louis Park's population will grow by 51 percent between 2010 and 2040—from 45,250 all the way up to 68,200 people.
How big is that? Right now, just five cities in the Twin Cities have that many people—Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park and Plymouth. In fact, present-day Plymouth, with a 2010 population of 70,576 is not too much more than where forecasters expect St. Louis Park to end up.
If that happens, population density will climb from 4,167 people per square mile in 2010 to 6,280 in 2040.
Meanwhile, Hennepin County as a whole is expected to grow 34 percent.
The Met Council releases long-range, 30-year forecasts at least once a decade. It released a regional forecast in April 2012 and published the preliminary local forecasts Wednesday. Forecasters assume that housing demand and supply and transportation availability are the primary drivers—although those factors are influenced by regional land use policies and local plans.