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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