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This map shows a total population of 27,489 for the city of Bemidji and its six adjacent townships. The 204 residents of the city of Wilton also are included in the total.

What is Bemidj's 'real' population? Census shows 27,489 for Bemidji, Wilton and six adjacent townships

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Dennis Zeto is the chairman of the fastest-growing Beltrami County township, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Eckles Township, northwest of Bemidji, grew by more than 46 percent in the last 10 years.


Zeto himself lives outside of the official Bemidji city limits.

But he still considers himself a Bemidjian.

And he is not alone.

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