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Population and Housing:

The MN Department of Administration State Demographic Center estimated that the City of Belle Plaine's population as of April 1, 2009 the population for Belle Plaine was 7,148. As of April 1, 2005 was 6,037, an increase of 13.9% from the April 1, 2004 estimate of 5,300 persons and 2,094 households. This was up from 5,002 persons and 1,959 households in 2003; 4,550 persons and 1,754 households in 2002; and, 4,124 persons and 1,530 households in 2001. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated a census population of 3, 789 in 2000 (1,424 housing units) an increase from a population of 3, 149 in 1990, representing a 20% increase over the ten-year period.

Age distribution:

Statistics indicate the City of Belle Plaine had a median age of 34.9 years (2000 Census), increasing from 32.2 years in the 1990 Census. This is slightly higher than Scott County's median age of 32.7 years. The median age in Minnesota was 35.4 years and the U.S. median age in 2000 was 35.3 years. 28.1% of Belle Plain's population in 2000 was under the age of 18 and 12.4% of the population 65 years or older.


2000 Census information identifies a gender distribution of 50.6% female to 49.4% male within the City of Belle Plaine, illustrating a slightly higher female to male ratio than Scott County (49.5% to 50.5%). The ratio is similar to Minnesota (50.5% female to 49.5% male) and nation (50.9% to 49.1%).


2000 Census statistics indicate 3, 690 of the 3,754 residents (97.4%) of Belle Plaine residents classify themselves as white or Caucasian. 43 residents (1.1%) are Hispanic or Latino, 0.7% of the population (27) is Asian, 0.4% (15) of the population are American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.1% of the population is Black or African American (5), with various other races or more also present (0.3% of the population).

Educational Attainment:

According to the 2000 Census, the City of Belle Plaine has 1,016 people aged three years and older who were currently enrolled in school. Of these students, 81 or 8% were enrolled in college or graduate school. 282 or 27.8% were enrolled in high school (grades 9-12), 523 or 51.5% were enrolled in middle or elementary school (grades 1-8), 59 or 5.8% were in kindergarten and 71 or 7.0% were in nursery school or preschool.

According to the 2000 Census, there were 2,461 people in Belle Plaine 25 years of age and older. Of these, 81.5% graduated from high school. Of those not graduating from high school, 11.6% (286) completed less than 9 years of education and 6.9% (170) completed between 9 and 12 years of education but did not obtain a diploma. 17.3% or 426 individuals of the population 25 years and over obtained bachelors degree or higher. Belle Plaine residents fall mid-range for the number of residents with high school diplomas or bachelors degree (or higher) as their maximum level of education attained.


The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 Income Guidelines places the 2002 Median Family Income in Scott County at $76,700. The 2000 Census reports a median family income in the City of Belle Plaine at $59,539. It is estimated that a total of 206 individuals in the City of Belle Plaine are below the poverty level (2000 Census).


The Minnesota Work Force Center estimates 65,037 people in the labor force in Scott County in April 2005, with 52,808 employed, resulting in a 3.4% unemployment rate. During this same time period Minnesota had an unemployment rate of 4.1% and the United States unemployment rate was 4.9%.

Travel Time to Work:

According to the 2000 Census, workers in Belle Plaine traveled in average of 24.5 minutes to their place of employment. This is comparable to workers within Scott County which reported an average of 24.3 minutes for a commute time. The national mean travel time to work reported as part of the 2000 Census was 25.5. minutes.