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Hudson and county continue to be among fastest growing in Wisconsin

As the Hudson School Board prepares to launch a $100 million referendum to build a new high school and remodel existing buildings, some demographic information compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Administration seems to confirm that the Hudson School District will continue to grow.

According to the report presented by district administrator Dave Grambow at last week’s school board meeting, St. Croix County is identified by the DOA as “fastest growing county in the state based on a 30-year study to the year 2040.”

The report also says that Hudson is ranked 12th among the top 15 fastest growing municipalities in the state. The report predicts that the city’s population will increase by more than 7,500 by 2040. According to the report, St. Croix County’s population will increase by 41 percent as compared to the population estimate made in 2010.

The DOA report was compiled in December 2013.

Grambow also cited information from the 2013 St. Croix County Workforce Profile compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. “The city of Hudson is the largest population center in St. Croix County with 13,187 residents.

Hudson’s population grew by 3.7 percent from 2010-2013, the fastest growth in the county…Other border townships that haven’t reached the level of development of Hudson are also growing rapidly.”

From a report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the birth rate at Hudson Hospital has grown significantly even through the recession with 437 in 2008 to 644 in 2012. St. Croix County maintains the second highest natural growth in the state.

Grambow noted that all children born in Hudson do not necessarily attend Hudson schools but enrollment is impacted by residents who move to Hudson with their families from the Twin Cities and other areas. The report estimated that about half of St. Croix County’s workforce commutes to jobs in Minnesota.

Grambow also reported on new home construction in the district which showed a significant uptick in the city in residential and multi-family homes as well as new construction in Hudson Township in recent years.

The information included in the report can be found on the district’s website at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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