Stjørdalen was once a municipality of its own. It was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt), but in 1850 it was split to create the two new municipalities of Øvre Stjørdal and Nedre Stjørdal. At that time Stjørdalen had a population of 11,642.
On 1 January 1874, Øvre Stjørdal was split into the two municipalities of almost equal size: Hegra and Meråker. On 1 January 1901, Nedre Stjørdal was split into three municipalities of nearly equal sizes: Skatval, Stjørdal, and Lånke. On 1 January 1962, Hegra, Skatval, Stjørdal, and Lånke were merged to form the new Stjørdal municipality. On 1 June 1997, Stjørdal gained status as a city. Currently, the combined population of the municipalities of Stjørdal and Meråker is 21,738.
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