Wolf Lake, Minnesota

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Population in 2017: 56 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +80.6%
Males: 27  (48.4%)
Females: 29  (51.6%)
Median resident age:

34.4 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years

Zip code: 56593

Estimated median household income in 2017: $32,056 (it was $22,083 in 2000)
Wolf Lake:

$32,056
MN:

$68,388

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $21,148 (it was $13,569 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $72,644 (it was $38,300 in 2000)
Wolf Lake:

$72,644
MN:

$224,000

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $84,338; detached houses: $83,346

Median gross rent in 2017: $489.

March 2019 cost of living index in Wolf Lake: 84.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 0.0%
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  • Races in Wolf Lake, MN (2010)
    • 5596.5%White alone
    • 23.5%Two or more races
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Ancestries: Norwegian (28.6%), Scotch-Irish (28.6%), Finnish (21.4%), Swedish (21.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1570 feet

Land area: 0.14 square miles.

Population density: 395 people per square mile   (very low).

Wolf Lake, Minnesota map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $549 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $374 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (69.1 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (162.0 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (511.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Osage, MN (3.0 miles ),
Menahga, MN (3.5 miles ),
Pine Point, MN (3.6 miles ),
Park Rapids, MN (4.0 miles ),
Sebeka, MN (4.2 miles ),
Frazee, MN (4.2 miles ),
Perham, MN (4.2 miles ),
New York Mills, MN (4.4 miles )

Latitude: 46.80 N, Longitude: 95.35 W

Area code: 218

Distribution of median household income in Wolf Lake, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Wolf Lake, MN in 2017

Wolf Lake satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 5 buildings, average cost: $32,000
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.1%
Minnesota:

4.1%

Average climate in Wolf Lake, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 23.6 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 18.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.68
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Wolf Lake-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 28% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/20/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 41.8 miles away from the Wolf Lake city center killed 10 people and injured 103 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/6/2008, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 19.9 miles away from the city center .

Earthquake activity:

Wolf Lake-area historical earthquake activity is near Minnesota state average. It is 87% 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 85.1 miles away from Wolf Lake center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 90.1 miles away from Wolf Lake center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 265.9 miles away from Wolf Lake 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 100.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 754.2 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 257.5 miles away from Wolf Lake 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 (17) is greater than the US average (13).
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 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wolf Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Wolf Lake:

  • GREEN PINE ACRES NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; MENAHGA, MN)
  • ST JOSEPHS AREA HEALTH SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; PARK RAPIDS, MN)
  • ST JOSEPHS AREA HEALTH SERVICES Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; PARK RAPIDS, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wolf Lake:

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 51 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 4,863)
  • Bemidji State University (about 53 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 63 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 65 miles; Alexandria, MN; FT enrollment: 2,324)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 67 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 67 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 70 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Wolf Lake Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Wolf Lake Community Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Becker 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:

2.6 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.1%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.5%
Whole state:

6.9%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Wolf Lake:

Marital status in Wolf Lake, MN
  • Never married: 21.8%
  • Now married: 53.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.4%
  • Divorced: 21.7%

For population 25 years and over in Wolf Lake:

  • High school or higher: 93.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.0
Minnesota average:

10.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Wolf Lake, 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
Becker County:

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
Becker County:

0.63 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

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%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.9%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.3%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 1$14,238$170,8568$25,532
Sewerage 0$0 2$3,071
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$13,809
Totals for Government 1$14,238$170,85611$42,412

Wolf Lake government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $389,000 ($6946.43)
    Local Fire Protection: $92,000 ($1642.86)
    Parks and Recreation: $27,000 ($482.14)
    General - Other: $19,000 ($339.29)
    Sewerage: $17,000 ($303.57)
    Financial Administration: $13,000 ($232.14)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($142.86)
    Regular Highways: $5,000 ($89.29)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($71.43)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $667,000 ($11910.71)

Wolf Lake government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $163,000 ($2910.71)
    Sewerage: $27,000 ($482.14)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000 ($71.43)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,000 ($53.57)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $39,000 ($696.43)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $428,000 ($7642.86)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $17,000 ($303.57)
    General Local Government Support: $9,000 ($160.71)
  • Tax - Property: $11,000 ($196.43)

Wolf Lake government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $66,000 ($1178.57)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $47,000 ($839.29)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,000 ($339.29)

Wolf Lake government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,000 ($428.57)

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)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wolf Lake:

  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KQWB (1660 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KKBJ (1360 AM; 5 kW; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: R.P. BROADCASTING)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KDLM (1340 AM; 1 kW; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: LEIGHTON ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • KFGO (790 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wolf Lake:

  • KDKK (97.5 FM; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DELAHUNT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KXKK (92.5 FM; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: BERNADINE A. SCHUMACHER)
  • KRVI (95.1 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRCQ (102.3 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: DETROIT LAKES BROADCASTING COMPANY,)
  • KKWS (105.9 FM; WADENA, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • KPRW (99.5 FM; PERHAM, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KBLB (93.3 FM; NISSWA, MN; Owner: BL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSKK (94.7 FM; STAPLES, MN; Owner: NORMIN BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around Wolf Lake:

  • K32FY (Channel 32; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K05IV (Channel 5; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • / 0.1mTotal length
  • $64,000,000Total costs
  • 700Total average daily traffic
  • 28Total average daily truck traffic
  • 680Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • Wolf Lake, 2.5 Miles South Of Th 34 On Cr 121 (Lat: 46.856889 Lon: -95.358361), Type: Tower, Structure height: 46 m, Overall height: 51.8 m, Call Sign: WPYG228,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6256.54 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, Grant Date: 05/09/2013, Expiration Date: 08/05/2023, 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:
  • WOLF LAKE, Smokey Hills State Forest (Lat: 46.856889 Lon: -95.358361), Overall height: 47.2 m, Call Sign: WHT447,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2112.00 MHz, 2120.00 MHz, Grant Date: 04/17/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001, Registrant: East Otter Tail Telephone Company, 160 Second Avenue S.W., Perham, MN 56573

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KB0EXG, Grant Date: 12/19/1989, Expiration Date: 12/19/1999, Cancellation Date: 03/07/2002, Registrant: Gregory A Hillukka, Box 322, Wolf Lake, MN 56593
  • Call Sign: N0LWR, Previous Call Sign: KB0EZF, Grant Date: 05/08/1990, Expiration Date: 05/08/2000, Cancellation Date: 05/09/2002, Registrant: Gary E Hillukka, Box 322, Wolf Lake, MN 56593

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Wolf Lake, MN
  • 60.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 30.0%Electricity
  • 10.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Wolf Lake, MN
  • 85.7%Electricity
  • 14.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Wolf Lake compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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