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Census Data for Medina ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Medina a population of 6,601 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Medina a population of 4,892 people.

The city of Medina is located in Hennepin County. The 2010 Census gave Hennepin County a population of 1,152,425 people. This means that Medina had 0.42% of the county's total population, making it Hennepin's 25th most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that Medina had 0.09% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 147th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Medina, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Medina reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Medina might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Medina has a total area of 27 square miles [69.9 km²]. Of this total, 25.45 square miles [65.9 km²] is land, with the balance (5.74%) being water (1.55 square miles [4 km²]).

Hennepin County has a land area of 553 square miles [1,433.8 km²]. At 25.45 square miles [65.9 km²], Medina has 4.6% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   45° 2' 3"   (or 45.03°)             [Map]

Lon:   -93° 34' 32"   (or -93.58°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (4,892 people) and land area (25.45 square miles [65.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Medina had a population density of 181.2 people per square mile [69.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Medina had a population of 4,005 people and a land area of 25.57 square miles [66.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 148.9 people per square mile [57.5 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Medina. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Medina had 1,780 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 4,892 people, this averages 2.75 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Medina had a land area of 25.45 square miles [65.9 km²]. This translates to 65.9 Housing Units per square mile [25.45 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Medina had 1,337 Housing Units, a population of 4,005 people and a land area of 25.57 square miles [66.2 km²]. This gives a density of 3 people per Housing Unit and 49.71 Housing Units per square mile [19.19 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Medina and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Hennepin County ...

The community of Medina is located in Hennepin County.

The county had a population of 1,152,425 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 4,892 people, Medina represented 0.42% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Medina has a population density of 181.2 people per square mile [69.9 people/km²], Hennepin County averages 2,081 people per square mile [803 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Hennepin County.

Population Rings for Medina ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Medina and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Medina. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]8109,326+13.69%
10 mi   [16 km]29340,403+11.47%
15 mi   [24 km]491,254,904+10.35%
20 mi   [32 km]761,846,091+9.5%
25 mi   [40 km]1032,509,518+8.96%
30 mi   [48 km]1322,880,049+8.89%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Medina, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Medina. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Medina was 27 square miles [69.9 km²]. Of this total, 25.45 square miles [65.9 km²] is land, with the balance (5.74%) being water (1.55 square miles [4 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 26.9 square miles [69.7 km²]. Of this total, 25.57 square miles [66.2 km²] is land, with the balance (4.93%) being water (1.33 square miles [3.4 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Medina, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Medina.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   45.034318°   (or 45°2'3" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.575648°   (or -93°34'32" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   45.044734°   (or 45°2'41" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.573000°   (or -93°34'22" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,858 feet to the south<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2395084) to Medina. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Medina. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   45.032665°   (or 45°1'57" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.583176°   (or -93°34'59" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,031 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Medina. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Medina.

Miscellaneous Information for Medina ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Hennepin County or the city of Medina:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Medina:

GNIS ID for Medina: 2395084

GNIS ID for Hennepin County: 659472

GNIS ID for Minnesota: 662849

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 27 (Minnesota)

County Code: 053 (Hennepin County)

Place Code: 41480 (Medina)

State & County Code: 27/053 (Minnesota / Hennepin County)

State & Place Code: 27/41480 (Minnesota / Medina)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Medina is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Medina.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Medina:

The official website for Hennepin County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2018.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 169 degrees and a distance of 3,858 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 287 degrees and a distance of 2,031 feet.

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