Updated census numbers for Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids’ population has increased a little since the 2010 U.S. Census.

Latest projections from the Metropolitan Council peg the city’s population as of April 1, 2012, at 61,850.

The 2010 U.S. Census placed the number of Coon Rapids residents at 61,476, which was down from the 2000 U.S. Census figure of 61,607.

The new numbers from the Metropolitan Council also estimate that Coon Rapids had 23,680 households as of April 1, 2012, and 2.59 persons per household.

The estimates show that from April 1, 2010, to April 1, 2012, 30 single-family homes and 12 townhomes were built in Coon Rapids.

Housing stock in Coon Rapids as of April 1, 2012, was 15,620 single-family; 4,366 townhomes; 374 duplexes, three- and four-plex units; 3,895 multi-family units and 240 manufactured homes.

Of the estimated 61,850 population, 41,044 were living in single-family homes, 11,473 in townhomes and 7,455 in multi-family units.

Occupancy rate was estimated at 96.67 percent by the Metropolitan Council.

According to Todd Graham, Metropolitan Council principal demographer, the Metropolitan Council prepares population and household estimates for Twin Cities area communities as of April 1 the previous year.

The council will certify the final estimates by July 15 to the state for its use in allocating local government aid and street aid, Graham said.

The council estimates current population and households based on changes in housing stock, occupancy rates and persons per household, he said.

Sources used include housing stock, manufactured home parks and group quarters data maintained by Metropolitan Council Research as well as the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data, according to Graham.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]