By Joe Wicklund
The City of Hermantown has learned that its population has moved above the 10,000 mark for the first time in history per initial information from the 2020 Census.
Census information, which was delayed significantly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, places Hermantown with a population of 10,221 in 2020. This is an increase of more than 800 residents from the 2010 Census, which set a population mark of 9,414.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program, which is updated annually, listed Hermantown’s estimated population at 9,637 in 2019.
“The latest census results mark a new milestone for the City of Hermantown. The population of our community has effectively doubled in the 45 years since we were the Town of Herman,” said Wayne Boucher, Hermantown’s Mayor. “Reaching the 10,000-population mark signals a change in our status. Our rise to a population of 10,221 changes our classification from 4th Class to 3rd Class as a Minnesota city, which could change the way some state laws are applied and possibly open opportunities for aid and funding.”
Growth has been continuous in Hermantown over the last several decades, including 51% growth since a 6,761 population in the 1990 Census.
“We strive to be a community which attracts people to join in and make Hermantown their hometown,” said John Mulder, Hermantown’s City Administrator. “We continue to have that proven track record as a City, and that has pushed our population over this important mark.”