2010 Census Geography in Minneapolis

Census geography within the City of Minneapolis includes Census Blocks, Block Groups, and Tracts. Within the City, Census blocks are normally equivalent to city blocks. In the 2010 Census, there were 5,914 Census blocks within the City. Block Groups are collections of Census Blocks, usually 2-7 blocks. Census Tracts are collections of up to nine Census Block Groups. For the 2010 Census, there were 378 Census block groups and 116 Census Tracts within the city.

2010 Census Maps

The official source for Minneapolis Census Blocks, Block Groups, and Tracts is the Census Bureau, via the TIGER files at the link provided at left. Unofficial pdf versions of Minneapolis Census maps are available here:

2010 Census Block Groups and Tracts (pdf)

2010 Census Block Groups and Tracts, overlaid with Minneapolis neighborhood boundaries (pdf)

A more detailed definition of Census tracts and Census block groups can be found in the official Federal Register announcements:

Census Tract

Summary: Census tracts are relatively permanent small-area geographic divisions of a county or statistically equivalent entity defined for the tabulation and presentation of data from the decennial census and selected other statistical programs. Census tracts will also be used to tabulate and publish estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) after 2010. The primary goal of the census tract program is to provide a set of nationally consistent small, statistical geographic units, with stable boundaries, that facilitate analysis of data across time.

Census Block Group

Summary: Block groups are statistical geographic divisions of a census tract, defined for the tabulation and presentation of decennial census data. Block groups also will be used to tabulate and present period estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) 1 after 2010. Block groups provide the geographic framework within which the Census Bureau defines census blocks. Each block group comprises a reasonably compact and contiguous cluster of census blocks; up to nine block groups can be contained within a single census tract.

Not all Census data is available at all levels of Census geography; a summary is as follows:


Census geography

Number in City
[2010 Census]

Approximate Size

Data Available at this level


Decennial Census Data

(100% Count)

Annual American Community Survey (ACS)

Five Year Average ACS Results



One city block



Block Group


2-7 blocks






2-9 block groups


X after 2010







Last updated Nov 4, 2013



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