In the latest United States Census Bureau findings the city of Rochester came in first in growth with a whopping 9.8%. Brainerd fell into 2nd place with 9.5% of growth from 2000 to 2006 out of what the Bureau terms metro areas. Areas such as the Twin Cities, areas around St. Cloud and into eastern Wisconsin continue to show growth. These "metro" areas often included the surrounding communities for the purposes of this census.
Brainerd is now listed with a population of 90,045 residents compared to the 2000 recorded population count of 82,252 which is a change of 7, 793.
According to Brent Gunsbury in the Chamber Connection , our region was recently named a "micropolitan" and ranks as the 28th fastest growing non-metro area in the U.S. We are growing at two times the statewide rate and by 2030 we will have 50.000 more people living in the Brainerd Lakes area.
As it is, our summer population swells to around 600,00 on weekends and much higher for the 4th of July
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