MARSHALL — The US Census Bureau has updated population estimates for Marshall, MN, reflecting changes from the Count Question Resolution (CQR) and Post-Census Group Quarters Review (PCGQR) programs. The revised figures show Marshall’s population in April 2020 as 13,890, up from 13,628, with a July 2023 estimate of 13,906. 

In late 2022, Marshall requested a PCGQR review to address a 2020 Census undercount caused by decreased student populations at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This request aimed to correct counts for group quarters such as college dorms and nursing homes. 

The Census Bureau approved the CQR request in January 2023, but the updated figures were delayed due to privacy concerns. The new estimates were finally released in late 2023, following intervention by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Michelle Fischbach. 

The Census Bureau’s May 16, 2024, report noted that small and midsize cities, including Marshall, saw higher growth rates in 2023 compared to pre-pandemic 2019.