Detroit Lakes, MN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The City of Detroit Lakes had a population of 9,172 as of July 1, 2016. Detroit Lakes ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Detroit Lakes is located at latitude 46.8066 and longitude -95.8448 in Becker County. The formal boundaries for the City of Detroit Lakes (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.61 sq. miles and a water area of 5 sq. miles. Becker County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,371 feet.

The City of Detroit Lakes (GNIS ID: 2394527) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Detroit Lakes population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Detroit Lakes: City of Detroit Lakes.

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Detroit Lakes, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,172
Population in Households 8,839
Population in Familes 6,372
Population in Group Qrtrs 333
Population Density1 864
Diversity Index2 26


Total Households 4,139
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 2,263
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,850 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,509 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,630 (33.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 711 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $166,930
Average Home Value $205,020


Median Household Income $43,295
Average Household Income $60,412
Per Capita Income $27,204
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.08% 0.81%
Households 1.1% 0.84%
Families 1.25% 0.77%
Median Household Income   2.04%
Per Capita Income   1.04%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Detroit Lakes, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Detroit Lakes to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 102 89th
Population Density1 # 338 63rd
Diversity Index2 # 194 79th
Median Household Income # 702 23rd
Per Capita Income # 476 48th

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