Trail, Minnesota

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Population in 2019: 47 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -24.2%
Males: 24  (52.5%)
Females: 23  (47.5%)
Median resident age:

39.8 years
Minnesota median age:

38.4 years

Zip code: 56684

Estimated median household income in 2019: $27,273 (it was $30,000 in 2000)
Trail:

$27,273
MN:

$74,593

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $13,949 (it was $16,211 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $48,260 (it was $11,900 in 2000)
Trail:

$48,260
MN:

$246,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $83,846; detached houses: $81,511; mobile homes: $86,510

Median gross rent in 2019: $531.

March 2019 cost of living index in Trail: 84.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 21.3%

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Ancestries: Norwegian (33.3%), German (25.0%), Scandinavian (16.7%), Swedish (16.7%), Polish (8.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1205 feet

Land area: 0.99 square miles.

Population density: 47 people per square mile   (very low).

Trail, Minnesota map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $431 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (81.7 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (226.6 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (568.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Gully, MN (1.8 miles),
Oklee, MN (2.9 miles ),
Gonvick, MN (3.0 miles ),
McIntosh, MN (3.7 miles ),
Clearbrook, MN (3.7 miles ),
Fosston, MN (3.8 miles ),
Brooks, MN (3.8 miles),
Erskine, MN (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 47.78 N, Longitude: 95.70 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 218

Distribution of median household income in Trail, MN in 2019
Distribution of house value in Trail, MN in 2019

Trail satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.9%
Minnesota:

3.9%

Average climate in Trail, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Trail, Minnesota average temperatures Trail, Minnesota average precipitation Trail, Minnesota humidity Trail, Minnesota wind speed Trail, Minnesota snowfall Trail, Minnesota sunshine Trail, Minnesota clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Trail-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 51% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/25/1960, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 14.0 miles away from the Trail city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 6/20/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 67.8 miles away from the city center killed 10 people and injured 103 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Trail-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 37% 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 147.0 miles away from Trail center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 148.4 miles away from Trail center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 304.4 miles away from the city 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 148.5 miles away from Trail center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 748.8 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 2/7/2020 at 18:30:28, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 ML) earthquake occurred 140.0 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 Polk County (28) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 21
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 24, Storms: 13, Tornadoes: 7, Heavy Rains: 2, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Trail:

  • MCINTOSH SENIOR LIVING (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; MCINTOSH, MN)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - CLEARBROOK (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; CLEARBROOK, MN)
  • JOHNSON REST HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; FOSSTON, MN)
  • FIRST CARE LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; FOSSTON, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Trail:

  • Northland Community and Technical College (about 33 miles; Thief River Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,717)
  • Bemidji State University (about 44 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • University of North Dakota (about 65 miles; Grand Forks, ND; FT enrollment: 12,858)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 81 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 81 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 82 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 105 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)

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Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

1.8 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

46.2%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

11.5%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 3.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Trail:

Marital status in Trail, MN
  • Never married: 62.4%
  • Now married: 31.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.8%
  • Divorced: 2.0%

For population 25 years and over in Trail:

  • High school or higher: 77.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 29.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 40.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.6
Minnesota average:

10.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Trail, MN (based on Polk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant9,58235
Catholic6,50013
Evangelical Protestant3,31139
Other2926
None11,915-
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: 7
This county:

2.28 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

5.20 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Here:

5.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.5%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

27.6%
State:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.9%
Minnesota:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

43.9%
Minnesota:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Trail:

46.2%
Minnesota:

48.4%

Average BMI:
Trail:

27.8
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Trail:

18.8%
State:

21.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.7%
Minnesota:

9.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Trail:

6.5
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Trail:

30.1%
Minnesota:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

56.0%
State:

57.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.4%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Trail, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$140
Totals for Government 0$0 6$140

Trail government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $6,000 ($127.66)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($85.11)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($85.11)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000 ($42.55)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,000 ($21.28)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($21.28)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($21.28)

Trail government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $2,000 ($42.55)
  • Tax - Property: $11,000 ($234.04)
    Other License: $2,000 ($42.55)

6.27% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($41,336 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.27%
Minnesota average:

7.10%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Grand Forks County, ND  1.99% ($43,242 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.28% ($31,265)
from Cass County, ND  0.25% ($45,581)


6.87% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,617 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.87%
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 Grand Forks County, ND  2.18% ($41,974 average AGI)
to Cass County, ND  0.41% ($37,700)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.28% ($40,200)

Strongest AM radio stations in Trail:

  • KKCQ (1480 AM; 5 kW; FOSSTON, MN; Owner: PINE TO PRAIRIE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KKBJ (1360 AM; 5 kW; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: R.P. BROADCASTING)
  • KKAQ (1460 AM; 3 kW; THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KQWB (1660 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KNOX (1310 AM; 5 kW; GRAND FORKS, ND; Owner: LEIGHTON ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WNMT (650 AM; 10 kW; NASHWAUK, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, L.L.C.)
  • KCNN (1590 AM; 5 kW; EAST GRAND FORKS, MN; Owner: KRAD, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Trail:

  • KNTN (102.7 FM; THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KKEQ (107.1 FM; FOSSTON, MN; Owner: PINE TO PRAIRIE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKCQ-FM (96.7 FM; BAGLEY, MN; Owner: PINE TO PRAIRIE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSNR (100.3 FM; THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Trail fatal accident list:

Apr 14, 1978 08:00 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 3.1mTotal length
  • 219Total average daily traffic
  • 220Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • (Trail) 33268 290th Street Se (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 90 m, Overall height: 93 m, Call Sign: KNKA735
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, Grant Date: 12/19/2017, Expiration Date: 01/22/2028, Certifier: Gregory M RomanoRegistrant: Verizon, 1300 I St Nw - Suite 500 East, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: (202) 515-2453, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

6
  • Dave J Cavaliere, 33268 290th Street Se (Mn-06004 Trail) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Skyway Towers, Operations@skywaytowers.Com, , Tampa, Phone: (813) 960-6200
  • Dave J Cavaliere, 33268 290th Street Se (Mn-06004 Trail) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Skyway Towers, Operations@skywaytowers.Com, , Tampa, Phone: (813) 960-6200
  • Carissa L Bick, 33268 290th Street Se (Mn-06004 Trail) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Structure height: 27119 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: American Towers Iris 1, LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (678) 265-6730
  • Katie Miller, 33268 290th Street Se (311721 / Trail Gully Mn) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Structure height: 27119 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: American Towers Iris 1, LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (678) 265-6730
  • Katie Miller, 33268 290th Street Se (311721 / Trail Gully Mn) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Structure height: 27119 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: American Towers Iris 1, LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (678) 265-6730
  • Bridget Carter, 33268 290th Street Se (311721 / Trail Gully Mn) (Lat: 47.747250 Lon: -95.782583), Type: 93.0, Structure height: 27119 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: American Towers LLC, Faa-Fcc@americantower.Com, , Wobur-n, Phone: (781) 926-4500

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • TRAIL REPEATER, 1/2 Mi East Of Trail, 2/3 Mi South Of Hwy 92 (Lat: 47.768000 Lon: -95.665278), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 54.9 m, Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: KZX237,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.265 MHz, Grant Date: 10/26/2012, Expiration Date: 01/15/2023, Registrant: Department Of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Saint Paul, MN 55155, Phone: (651) 259-5513, Fax: (651) 234-7960, Email:
  • Nw .25 Of Sw .25 Sec 33 Twp 150 Range 39 (Lat: 47.768000 Lon: -95.665306), Call Sign: KNFQ665, Licensee ID: L00001677,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.390 MHz, Grant Date: 04/02/2002, Expiration Date: 06/18/2012, Cancellation Date: 11/14/2011, Registrant: Otter Tail Power Company, 215 S Cascade St, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, Phone: (218) 739-8531

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • Trail, 1 Mile East Of Trail .6 Mile South Of Hwy 92 (Lat: 47.768000 Lon: -95.665278), Type: Tower, Structure height: 57.9 m, Call Sign: WPYG655,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6543.75 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, Grant Date: 05/15/2013, Expiration Date: 08/07/2023, Certifier: James R Mohn, Registrant: Minnesota Department Of Transportation, 1500 West County Road B2 Ms730, Roseville, MN 55113, Phone: (651) 234-7973, Fax: (651) 234-7960, Email:
  • STATION, Nw 1/4 Of Sw 1/4 Sec 33 Twn 150 Range 39 (Lat: 47.768000 Lon: -95.665278), Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: WHI555,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2186.40 MHz, Grant Date: 10/10/2007, Expiration Date: 01/07/2018, Cancellation Date: 08/26/2008, Registrant: Minnesota Department Of Transportation, 395 John Ireland Blvd Ms730, St Paul, MN 55155, Phone: (651) 234-7973, Fax: (651) 234-7960, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KD0PKR, Licensee ID: L01657518, Grant Date: 08/23/2011, Expiration Date: 08/23/2021, Certifier: Lawrence P Vettleson Jr, Registrant: Lawrence P Vettleson Jr, 38041 State Hwy 92 Se, Trail, MN 56684

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 98 mph), Engine: P&W R-985 SERIES (450 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 600T, N600T, N-600T, Serial Number: 600, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 04/14/1969, Certificate Issue Date: 02/28/2012
    Registrant (Individual): Cory R Carlson, 26701 380th Ave Se, Trail, MN 56684
  • Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G-164B (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 80 mph), Engine: P&W R-985 SERIES (450 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6723Q, N6723Q, N-6723Q, Serial Number: 234B, Year manufactured: 1977, Airworthiness Date: 04/06/1977, Certificate Issue Date: 08/28/2014
    Registrant (Individual): Cory R Carlson, 26701 380th Ave Se, Trail, MN 56684
  • Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-235 SERIES (115 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8547, N8547, N-8547, Serial Number: 914-73, Year manufactured: 1973, Airworthiness Date: 02/06/1973, Certificate Issue Date: 08/15/2002
    Registrant (Individual): Cory R Carlson, 26701 380th Ave Se, Trail, MN 56684

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Trail, MN
  • 39.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 30.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.7%Electricity
  • 8.7%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Trail, MN
  • 100.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Trail compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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