By Kristen Miller
In the past decade, the city of Dassel has seen a significant increase in population, while neighboring Cokato has seen a decrease.
In the past decade, Dassel has grown by 19.14 percent, from 1,233 to 1,469, according to recently released 2010 US Census data.
Cokato’s 2010 population has declined by 1.2 percent, or from 2,727 to 2,694 since 2000. Cokato’s growth spurt was actually seen a decade prior with a 25.09 percent increase from 1990 to 2000, when Dassel only grew by 13.96 percent during that same period.
The cities of Darwin and Kingston have also seen a little bit of growth in the past decade.
Darwin grew by 26.8 percent, from a population of 276 in 2000, to 350 in 2010.
There was a 34.16 percent growth in Kingston, from 120 people in 2000, to 161 reported in 2010.
Comparing counties, Wright County has grown 38.6 percent since 2000, while Meeker County only grew by 2.9 percent.