Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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Population in 2019: 9,288 (90% urban, 10% rural).
Population change since 2000: +26.4%
 
Males: 4,185  (45.1%)
Females: 5,103  (54.9%)
Median resident age:

40.7 years
Minnesota median age:

38.4 years

Zip codes: 56501.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $51,440 (it was $29,264 in 2000)
Detroit Lakes:

$51,440
MN:

$74,593

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $35,178 (it was $18,509 in 2000)

Detroit Lakes city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $210,009 (it was $79,600 in 2000)
Detroit Lakes:

$210,009
MN:

$246,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $263,673; detached houses: $283,724; townhouses or other attached units: $294,100; in 2-unit structures: $133,639; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $165,899; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $296,124; mobile homes: $69,404; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $142,793

Median gross rent in 2019: $771.

March 2019 cost of living index in Detroit Lakes: 78.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 14.2%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.6% for Black residents, 50.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.8% for American Indian residents, 41.1% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Detroit Lakes, MN (2019)
    • 8,27588.8%White alone
    • 3623.9%Two or more races
    • 3083.3%American Indian alone
    • 1301.4%Asian alone
    • 921.0%Black alone
    • 971.0%Hispanic

Races in Detroit Lakes detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Crime rates in Detroit Lakes by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A4
(45.0)
5
(55.7)
0
(0.0)
5
(55.1)
2
(21.6)
10
(107.7)
3
(32.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3
(37.7)
1
(12.3)
1
(12.4)
1
(12.2)
1
(12.0)
2
(23.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(21.6)
2
(21.5)
3
(32.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
15
(188.3)
14
(172.6)
12
(148.3)
7
(85.3)
9
(108.1)
8
(92.6)
9
(101.3)
6
(66.8)
7
(77.4)
6
(66.1)
10
(108.2)
7
(75.4)
8
(85.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
22
(276.1)
39
(480.8)
35
(432.4)
19
(231.5)
25
(300.2)
27
(312.7)
43
(483.9)
18
(200.5)
23
(254.4)
12
(132.2)
37
(400.3)
32
(344.5)
18
(192.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
344
(4,318)
339
(4,180)
260
(3,212)
331
(4,032)
380
(4,562)
371
(4,296)
374
(4,208)
300
(3,342)
233
(2,577)
150
(1,653)
262
(2,835)
231
(2,487)
243
(2,596)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
19
(238.5)
23
(283.6)
13
(160.6)
5
(60.9)
14
(168.1)
9
(104.2)
24
(270.1)
15
(167.1)
11
(121.7)
9
(99.2)
24
(259.7)
7
(75.4)
8
(85.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(37.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index290.2291.3234.6232.3271.0255.4302.6219.0149.4140.6207.6237.3176.5

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Detroit Lakes, MN

Crime rate in Detroit Lakes detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 19 (17 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.82
Minnesota average:

1.71
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Ancestries: German (27.8%), Norwegian (23.5%), Scandinavian (6.2%), American (5.7%), Swedish (2.9%), Polish (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1330 feet

Land area: 7.50 square miles.

Population density: 1,239 people per square mile   (low).

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota map

117 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.3%
Minnesota:

8.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,731 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,075 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (45.8 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (178.1 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (530.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Audubon, MN (2.7 miles ),
Frazee, MN (3.0 miles ),
Vergas, MN (3.3 miles ),
Callaway, MN (3.5 miles),
Lake Park, MN (3.6 miles ),
Dent, MN (4.3 miles),
White Earth, MN (4.4 miles ),
Perham, MN (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 46.81 N, Longitude: 95.84 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,046 (+54.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,267 (73.5%)

Area code: 218

Distribution of median household income in Detroit Lakes, MN in 2019
Distribution of house value in Detroit Lakes, MN in 2019
Detroit Lakes satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 22 buildings, average cost: $95,000
  • 1998: 24 buildings, average cost: $95,000
  • 1999: 25 buildings, average cost: $121,800
  • 2000: 17 buildings, average cost: $228,200
  • 2001: 19 buildings, average cost: $127,300
  • 2002: 55 buildings, average cost: $111,900
  • 2003: 36 buildings, average cost: $112,700
  • 2004: 53 buildings, average cost: $151,000
  • 2005: 63 buildings, average cost: $146,200
  • 2006: 57 buildings, average cost: $161,000
  • 2007: 64 buildings, average cost: $160,800
  • 2008: 32 buildings, average cost: $159,100
  • 2009: 30 buildings, average cost: $152,900
  • 2010: 20 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 2011: 20 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 2012: 33 buildings, average cost: $217,100
  • 2013: 34 buildings, average cost: $217,100
  • 2014: 35 buildings, average cost: $217,100
  • 2015: 40 buildings, average cost: $217,100
  • 2016: 40 buildings, average cost: $217,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Detroit Lakes, MN residents
Average permit cost in Detroit Lakes, MN
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.8%
Minnesota:

3.9%
Historical population in Detroit Lakes, MN
Historical housing units in Detroit Lakes, MN
Most common industries in Detroit Lakes, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Health care (9.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.0%)
  • Construction (5.9%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (10.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Educational services (6.3%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (17.8%)
  • Educational services (16.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.4%)
  • Public administration (5.9%)
  • Social assistance (5.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.7%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Detroit Lakes, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.5%)
  • Cashiers (5.3%)
  • Child care workers (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.4%)

Average climate in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 61.2. This is better than average.

City:

61.2
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 31.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.1
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.68. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.68
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Detroit Lakes-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 17% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/20/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 18.7 miles away from the Detroit Lakes city center killed 10 people and injured 103 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1975, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 40.6 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Detroit Lakes-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 31% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 81.7 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 249.3 miles away from Detroit Lakes center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 86.0 miles away from Detroit Lakes center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 731.1 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 244.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Becker County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 5, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Detroit Lakes topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Detroit Lakes:

  • ESSENTIA HEALTH ST MARYS (Voluntary non-profit - Church, 1027 WASHINGTON AVE)
  • WEST HOME ("1118 WEST AVE, PO BOX 1355")
  • EMMANUEL NURSING HOME (1415 MADISON AVENUE)
  • ESSENTIA HEALTH OAK CROSSING (1040 LINCOLN AVENUE)
  • SANFORD DIALYSIS DETROIT LAKES (114 EAST FRAZEE STREET)
  • ST MARYS HOME HEALTH (114 FRAZEE STREET EAST)

Airports located in Detroit Lakes:

Amtrak station:

DETROIT LAKES (116 PIONEER ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Detroit Lakes:

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 39 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 4,863)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 44 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 44 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 46 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 52 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Bemidji State University (about 65 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 70 miles; Alexandria, MN; FT enrollment: 2,324)

Public high schools in Detroit Lakes:

Public elementary/middle schools in Detroit Lakes:

Private elementary/middle schools in Detroit Lakes:

  • HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 107, Location: 1043 LAKE AVE, Grades: PK-8)
  • FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 19, Location: 24688 COUNTY HIGHWAY 6, Grades: PK-5)
See full list of schools located in Detroit Lakes

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Callaway Elementary School, in Callaway MN, is also a part of the Detroit Lakes MN School Distrist. There are 85 students in grades K-5.
  • Callaway Elementary School, in Callaway MN, is also a part of the Detroit Lakes MN School Distrist. There are 85 students in grades K-5.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Detroit Lakes: Shorewood Campgrounds (A), Detroit Lakes Station (B), Becker County Fairgrounds (C), American Legion Campgrounds (D), Becker County Courthouse (E), Becker County Sheriff's Office (F), Detroit Lakes Fire Department (G), Becker County Museum (H), Detroit Lakes City Police Department (I), Detroit Lakes Sports Arena (J), Detroit Lakes Public Library (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Washington Square Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Detroit Lakes include: First Lutheran Church (A), Congregational Church (B), Berean Baptist Church (C), Holy Rosary Catholic Church (D), Zion Lutheran Church (E), Seventh Day Adventist Church (F), First Baptist Church (G), Mount Olive Lutheran Church (H), Jehovahs Witnesses (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oak Grove Cemetery (1), Holy Rosary Catholic Church (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Detroit Lake (A), Deadshot Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Sucker Creek Number Two (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Becker County Historical Society (Museums; 714 Summit Avenue), Charlie's Ottertail Tubing (Amusement & Theme Parks; 38789 State Highway 34), Go-Putt N Bump (Amusement & Theme Parks; 15802 US Highway 59), Laabs Art Studio (Tours & Charters; 21168 Klein Road).

Hotels: Castaway Inn & Resort (1226 South Shore Drive), Budget Host Inn (895 Highway 10 East), Pine To Palm Motel (702 West Lake Drive), Holland House Best Western Suites (Highway 10 East), Country Inn-Stes Detroit Lakes (1330 Highway 10 East), Best Western Holland House (615 US Highway 10 East), Detroit Lakes Lodge (1334 Washington Avenue), Americinn - Detroit Lakes- Mn (777 Highway 10 E), Super 8 Motel (400 Morrow Avenue).

Court: Minnesota State Offices - Court 7th Judicial District (1000 Highway 10 West).

Birthplace of: Dave Reichert - Politician, Janet Benshoof - Lawyer, Garrett Raboin - Ice hockey player, Jim Chivers - College basketball player (Loyola MD Greyhounds), Kathryn Knuttila - Beauty pageant winner.

Becker County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Detroit Lakes and their reported violations in the past:

BRANDY LAKE ESTATES (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUN-16-2009 and JUN-15-2019, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUL-16-2009), St Compliance Meeting conducted (JUL-16-2009), St Public Notif requested (2 times from JUL-16-2009 to NOV-13-2009), St Public Notif received (DEC-17-2009), St Public Notif requested (3 times from APR-06-2010 to NOV-10-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-18-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JAN-10-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-31-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from SEP-05-2007 to SEP-13-2007), St Public Notif requested (NOV-01-2007), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-01-2007), St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2008)
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Detroit Lakes that have no violations reported:

  • DETROIT LAKES (Population served: 8,500, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

54.2%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.6%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Detroit Lakes in 2010:

  • 209 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 66 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 57 people in group homes intended for adults
225 people in nursing homes in 2000
45 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with branches in Detroit Lakes (2011 data):

  • Midwest Bank: at 613 Highway 10 East, branch established on 1917/06/01; Detroit Lakes Wal-Mart Branch at 1583 Highway 10 West, branch established on 2001/02/28. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $299.8 mil, Deposits: $265.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Midwest Bank Group, Inc.
  • BREMER BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION: Detroit Lakes Branch at 115 East Holmes Street, branch established on 1919/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,562.1 mil, Deposits: $1,223.3 mil, headquarters in Fargo, ND, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Otto Bremer Foundation
  • State Bank & Trust: Detroit Lakes Branch at 920 Lake Avenue, branch established on 1896/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,226.6 mil, Deposits: $1,916.5 mil, headquarters in Fargo, ND, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 16 total offices, Holding Company: State Bankshares, Inc.
  • First Security Bank - Sleepy Eye: Detroit Lakes Branch at 611 Summitt Avenue, branch established on 1990/03/16. Info updated 2011/03/15: Bank assets: $184.1 mil, Deposits: $157.6 mil, headquarters in Sleepy Eye, MN, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: First Sleepy Eye Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Detroit Lakes Branch at 211 West Holmes, branch established on 1929/03/25. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • American National Bank of Minnesota: Detroit Lakes Branch at 1325 Highway 10 West, branch established on 1988/12/27. Info updated 2006/05/05: Bank assets: $278.8 mil, Deposits: $227.6 mil, headquarters in Baxter, MN, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: American Bancorporation Of Minnesota, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Detroit Lakes:

Marital status in Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Never married: 29.4%
  • Now married: 46.3%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 12.8%

For population 25 years and over in Detroit Lakes:

  • High school or higher: 93.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.8%
  • Unemployed: 5.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.1
Minnesota average:

10.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Detroit Lakes
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Detroit Lakes, MN (based on Becker County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7,47421
Catholic7,40015
Evangelical Protestant6,73231
Other2182
None10,680-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Here:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.63 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 24
Here:

7.53 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 24
This county:

7.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Becker County:

8.0%
State:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Becker County:

28.9%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Becker County:

13.3%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

55.7%
State:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

55.5%
Minnesota:

48.4%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.2
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Detroit Lakes:

18.1%
State:

21.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

8.3%
State:

9.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Detroit Lakes:

34.9%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Detroit Lakes:

60.6%
State:

57.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Detroit Lakes:

78.9%
Minnesota:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Detroit Lakes, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 20$131,601$78,9610$0
Police Protection - Officers 17$96,760$68,3010$0
Streets and Highways 17$86,014$60,7160$0
Other Government Administration 17$20,694$14,6080$0
Financial Administration 7$42,123$72,2110$0
Water Supply 7$43,672$74,8660$0
Other and Unallocable 7$33,378$57,21917$6,683
Parks and Recreation 3$15,545$62,1805$7,962
Police - Other 2$8,662$51,9720$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$11,700$70,2000$0
Firefighters 0$0 1$300
Totals for Government 99$490,149$59,41223$14,946

Detroit Lakes government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,135,000 ($122.20)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $15,778,000 ($1698.75)
    Liquor Stores: $5,754,000 ($619.51)
    Regular Highways: $2,133,000 ($229.65)
    Police Protection: $2,098,000 ($225.88)
    General - Other: $1,687,000 ($181.63)
    Sewerage: $1,676,000 ($180.45)
    Water Utilities: $1,271,000 ($136.84)
    Parks and Recreation: $888,000 ($95.61)
    Financial Administration: $486,000 ($52.33)
    Local Fire Protection: $339,000 ($36.50)
    Libraries: $274,000 ($29.50)
    Air Transportation: $128,000 ($13.78)
    Solid Waste Management: $116,000 ($12.49)
    Central Staff Services: $110,000 ($11.84)
    Natural Resources - Other: $33,000 ($3.55)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $940,000 ($101.21)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Air Transportation: $2,667,000 ($287.14)
    Sewerage: $2,044,000 ($220.07)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,381,000 ($148.69)
    Electric Utilities: $1,297,000 ($139.64)
    Water Utilities: $978,000 ($105.30)
    Regular Highways: $178,000 ($19.16)
    General - Other: $161,000 ($17.33)
    Police Protection: $60,000 ($6.46)
    Liquor Stores: $30,000 ($3.23)
    Local Fire Protection: $11,000 ($1.18)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $72,000 ($7.75)

Detroit Lakes government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $4,457,000 ($479.87)
    Regular Highways: $705,000 ($75.90)
    Other: $350,000 ($37.68)
    Parks and Recreation: $290,000 ($31.22)
    Air Transportation: $219,000 ($23.58)
    Solid Waste Management: $14,000 ($1.51)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,342,000 ($252.15)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $624,000 ($67.18)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $1,546,000 ($166.45)
    General Revenue - Other: $1,413,000 ($152.13)
    Interest Earnings: $146,000 ($15.72)
    Fines and Forfeits: $85,000 ($9.15)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $21,646,000 ($2330.53)
    Liquor Stores: $7,455,000 ($802.65)
    Water Utilities: $1,608,000 ($173.13)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,044,000 ($112.40)
    General Local Government Support: $792,000 ($85.27)
    Highways: $668,000 ($71.92)
    Electric Utilities: $124,000 ($13.35)
  • Tax - Property: $4,852,000 ($522.39)
    Other License: $433,000 ($46.62)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $429,000 ($46.19)
    Other Selective Sales: $237,000 ($25.52)
    Public Utilities Sales: $175,000 ($18.84)

Detroit Lakes government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $37,455,000 ($4032.62)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,471,000 ($3711.35)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,444,000 ($586.13)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,460,000 ($264.86)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,296,000 ($139.53)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,226,000 ($132.00)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $70,000 ($7.54)

Detroit Lakes government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $20,483,000 ($2205.32)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,399,000 ($150.62)

5.78% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($47,500 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.78%
Minnesota average:

7.17%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Otter Tail County, MN  0.88% ($42,211 average AGI)
to Clay County, MN  0.64% ($37,759)
to Cass County, ND  0.63% ($45,293)
Businesses in Detroit Lakes, MN
NameCountNameCount
AmericInn1McDonald's1
Best Western1Menards1
Burger King1Payless1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Curves1Quiznos1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
FedEx2Sprint Nextel1
Ford1Subaru1
H&R Block1T-Mobile1
Holiday Inn1True Value1
JCPenney1U-Haul2
KFC1UPS4
Kmart1Vans1
La-Z-Boy1Verizon Wireless1
MasterBrand Cabinets5Walmart1
Maurices1

Strongest AM radio stations in Detroit Lakes:

  • KDLM (1340 AM; 1 kW; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: LEIGHTON ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KQWB (1660 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KFGO (790 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WDAY (970 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: FORUM COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY)
  • KVOX (1280 AM; 5 kW; MOORHEAD, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KKCQ (1480 AM; 5 kW; FOSSTON, MN; Owner: PINE TO PRAIRIE BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Detroit Lakes:

  • KRCQ (102.3 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: DETROIT LAKES BROADCASTING COMPANY,)
  • KRVI (95.1 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KZCR (103.3 FM; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC)
  • KBOT (104.1 FM; PELICAN RAPIDS, MN; Owner: WASHINGTON RADIO, INC,)
  • KVOX-FM (99.9 FM; MOORHEAD, MN; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KCCM-FM (91.1 FM; MOORHEAD, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around Detroit Lakes:

  • K49FA (Channel 49; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA ED. TV CORP.)
Detroit Lakes fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Detroit Lakes fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 20Number of bridges
  • 187ft / 57.1mTotal length
  • $748,000,000Total costs
  • 101,604Total average daily traffic
  • 7,167Total average daily truck traffic
  • 85,795Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic
New bridges in Detroit Lakes, MN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 21970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 72000-2009
  • 52010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Detroit Lakes, MN

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 55. The highest number of fire incidents - 96 took place in 2003, and the least - 8 in 2010. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Detroit Lakes, MN When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (46.0%), and Outside Fires (35.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Detroit Lakes, MN
    • 43146.0%Structure Fires
    • 33035.2%Outside Fires
    • 12213.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 545.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Detroit Lakes, MN

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota:

  • Best Western Holland House & Suites, 615 Hwy 10 E, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 , Phone: (218) 847-4483, Fax: (218) 847-1770
  • The Lodge On Lake Detroit, 1200 E Shore Dr, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 , Phone: (218) 847-8439
  • Holiday Inn On The Lake, 1155 Hwy 10 E, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 , Phone: (218) 847-2121, Fax: (218) 847-2121
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 102 W Lake Dr, Detroit lakes, Minnesota 56501 , Phone: (218) 844-0001, Fax: (218) 844-0002
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 102 W Lake Dr, Detroit lakes, Minnesota 56501 , Phone: (218) 844-0001
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Most common first names in Detroit Lakes, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John11176.2 years
Mary7679.6 years
Robert7067.5 years
Charles6176.1 years
Ruth5983.1 years
William5878.1 years
Carl5481.3 years
George5479.0 years
James4973.0 years
Albert4776.9 years
Most common last names in Detroit Lakes, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson17180.4 years
Anderson9978.4 years
Olson9278.5 years
Nelson7777.3 years
Hanson5879.6 years
Peterson5579.8 years
Erickson5079.4 years
Larson4175.6 years
Thompson2379.6 years
Carlson2274.2 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Detroit Lakes, MN
  • 67.2%Utility gas
  • 25.3%Electricity
  • 4.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Detroit Lakes, MN
  • 53.0%Electricity
  • 32.4%Utility gas
  • 7.2%Other fuel
  • 3.2%No fuel used
  • 2.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Detroit Lakes compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Detroit Lakes on our top lists:

  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health technologists and technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #26 (56501) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Norwegian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
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