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Census shows Rosemount has grown

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Anyone who has lived in or around Rosemount long knows the city has grown. It didn't take a fancy cCensus to figure that out. But knowing just how big Rosemount is proves helpful.

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The 2010 U. S. Census results released late last week counted 21,874 people in Rosemount. That's nearly a 50 percent increase from the 2000 census.

"We've had substantial growth, much of it in the first part of the decade," said Rosemount mayor Bill Droste.

The census also counted 7,853 households in Rosemount a 66 percent increase from 10 years ago.

While the information isn't surprising, city administrator Dwight Johnson said it confirms numbers the city has received from other agencies such as the Metropolitan Council.

"It gives us more detailed information," said Johnson.

The most significant impact the Census could have for the city is the redistricting of polling places for voting. Johnson said staff hasn't reviewed the information yet to see if redistricting is necessary but it's a possibility. Otherwise, Johnson said, the information is used mostly for planning purposes.

The numbers will be important for planning, though, said Droste. The census shows that Rosemount's population of people over 65 has grown and will continue to expand in the future. According to the data the population of people over 65 in Dakota County will double by 2030.

Droste said the city can use that information to plan projects to provide for seniors down the road.

On the other end of the spectrum, the data shows that fewer households in Dakota County have children. In 2000, 54 percent of households had children whereas in 2010 only 46 percent do.

As with most cities in Dakota County, the Census showed that Rosemount's non-white population has grown. According to the Census numbers 87.3 percent of Rosemount residents are white while 12.7 percent are non-white.

School District 196 is a little more diverse with 24.8 percent of student classified as non-white. In the school district 74 languages are spoken in the home.

Rosemount has the second highest median income level in the county with $84,651. Lakeville topped the list with a median income level of $90,803 while West St. Paul had the lowest number with $50,929.

Rosemount had an 88 percent mail participation rate for the Census, which was one of the highest in Dakota County. Dakota County had an 84 percent return rate and Minnesota had an 81 percent mail in rate.

For more information about the census visit http://2010.census.gov.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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