ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Metropolitan Council projects nearly another million people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area by 2040, with much of the growth concentrating in the core cities and inner-ring suburbs. Planners say they expect so-called millennials and others to choose smaller, more convenient housing over big but far-flung suburban dwellings. Meanwhile, growth is expected to continue in the less-developed edges, but more slowly than previously thought. The Met Council on Wednesday released preliminary population figures that forecast the metro growing by 893,000 residents by 2040. Minneapolis is expected to add about 105,000 residents and grow about 27 percent by 2040.
St. Paul's population is forecast to grow by 54,000, or about 19 percent. The Met Council will spend the next year refining the information.