Wayzata population declines 10% in Census, Mayor Willcox "Mystified"

The Strib has got a piece out on the suburbs lack of growth that is worth a read. Within the article, Mary Jane Smetanka singles out Wayzata for it’s 10 percent decline from the 2000 census to the 2010 census:

“Most of those cities were still gaining population 10 years ago. Wayzata, for example, grew by 8 percent in the 2000 census but dropped by more than 10 percent in the 2010 count.

Mayor Ken Willcox said he was mystified by the decline, which amounted to 425 people in the city of 3,688 residents. He theorized it could be linked to a larger population of snowbirds who were in Arizona or Florida when the census forms came, or to the departure of young residents who have grown up and left.

That makes sense to State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. Wayzata and suburbs like it, he said, are getting old, part of a demographic wave that hit first-ring suburbs in 2000 and now is creeping further into suburbia.”

Do you agree with Mayor Ken Willcox’s assessment of a larger portion of snowbirds? Do you buy that young people are leaving the community? What do housing prices have to do with growth, given that Wayzata has been significantly higher priced than neighboring areas like Plymouth?
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2 responses to “Wayzata population declines 10% in Census, Mayor Willcox "Mystified"”

  1. Wayzata has become a city for and of snowbirds. Of course the youth are growing up and leaving. The city holds nothing for us. Wayzata has made no attempt at retaining the young population.

  2. Wayzata has priced themselves out of many residents and businesses. I think it has got to be at least part of the reason. I can see the snowbirds idea but you can't account for the entire 10% because of that. Wayzata is as beautiful of a town as I have ever seen. It's sad that even long term businesses like the foursome and ski hut struggled to find, keep, and/or afford their locations. I dont have a clue what the answer is but think that there may be something to learn by looking at Excelsior. Just my theory. Its sad to see the increase in empty store fronts for lease in this town and the thought of developing the east end of Lake Street to add even more commercial properties is a bit scary in my book.

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