Minnesota lost residents to other parts of the United States again in 2023

The Census Bureau released its estimates for State Population Totals and Components of Change: 2020-2023 today and they show that, once again, Minnesota lost residents, on net, to other states from 2022 to 2023. In “good” news, the loss was 4,686 residents, down from the record numbers of the last couple of years.

The Census Bureau has also made revisions to some of the previous year’s numbers. Previously, Minnesota’s net loss of residents to other states totaled 16,312 and 19,400 in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 respectively for a total net loss over the two years of 35,712. These have now been revised down to 10,887 in 2020-2021 and up to 28,893 for 2021-2022 for a total net loss of residents to other states over the two years of 39,780.

Minnesota’s population grew overall. This is thanks, in part, to a boost from international migration. In 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, our state’s net international migration totaled gains of 295 and 5,523 respectively. In 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, this rose to gains of 14,231 and 14,575 respectively.

These numbers show that, so far, Governor Walz’ gamble of hoping that the “pull” factor of “progressive” social policies will more than offset the “push” factor of “progressive” economic policies is not paying off.