A new Census Bureau estimate from Thursday shows the number of people of Somali ancestry in Minnesota has raised from last year's update of 27,000 to more than 32,000 Somalis.
The Pioneer Press reported that the estimate includes a margin of error because it is taken from a survey, so the calculated population could be as high as 36,000 or as low as 29,000 Somalis.
"The (Somali) community has long felt it is a bit larger than the Census Bureau estimate," Tom Gillaspy, a demographer for the state told the Pioneer Press, "but this number doesn't feel uncomfortable to me."
The Star Tribune stated that according to the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, the state's Somalis report their population number at about 70,000.
The survey data, which includes people born in Somalia and their descendants, is the Census Bureau's best guess of the population because those of Somali descent are not specifically asked about their ancestry during the census reports the Pioneer Press.
According to new estimates, other states that have large Somali populations include Ohio with 12,300, Washington with 9,300, and California with 7,500 according to the Star Tribune.