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Alexandria rejoices in passing 10K population mark

Officials in Alexandria, Minn., feel like they’ve hit the big time, now that population in the city tops 10,000.
Exceeding that 10K mark — it’s actually up 25 percent in 10 years to 11,070, according to new Census figures — means the city will be “

Officials in Alexandria, Minn., feel like they’ve hit the big time, now that population in the city tops 10,000.

Exceeding that 10K mark — it’s actually up 25 percent in 10 years to 11,070, according to new Census figures — means the city will be “on the radar” for many companies looking at demographics as they look for locations to locate new business, says the Echo Press in Alexandria.

Alexandria City Planner Mike Weber called it an impressive sign of growth.

“We’re excited about our population. Anybody who lives here knows our population has certainly expanded quite a bit in our service area, which includes not just the city but the urbanization of our townships as well,” Weber said.

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“We’re one of the few communities, not just cities, but counties and townships as well, that are experiencing that kind of growth.”

Even with the big jump, city officials think they’ve been under-counted, pointing to an April 2009 projection from the state demographer’s office that estimated Alexandria’s population at 12,441.

“We think that’s more accurate,” Weber said. 

So the city plans to file an an official  “Count Question Resolution” with the Census Bureau this summer.