In recent years, rural Minnesota has seen modest population growth as Twin Cities residents gain more freedom to move about. (KLGR photo)

For the second year in a row, rural Minnesota counties had modest population increases from in-migration while Twin Cities urban counties saw out-migration. That’s according to the latest report from Mankato-based Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Researcher Kelly Asche says the pandemic disrupted long-standing migration patterns. He says, “more folks working from home and giving them the ability to live wherever they wanted.”

Asche notes the “really high” housing costs in the Twin Cities and significantly cheaper housing in Greater Minnesota and rural areas.

(Learfield News Service)