Fosston, MN 56542 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 56542: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Fosston, MN 56542

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 144
  • Single Family Addresses: 1,094
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 122
  • County: Polk County
  • Centroid: Latitude 47.579, Longitude -95.752
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 56542 has segments in 2 Counties (Mahnomen, Polk).

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Fosston, MN 56542 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,811
Daytime Population: Workers 1,506
Daytime Population: Residents 1,563
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,069
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 2,724
Population in Familes 2,152
Population in Group Qrtrs 87
Population Density2 15
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $42,007
Average Household Income $56,518
Per Capita Income $23,861


Total Housing Units 1,386 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 820 (59.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 336 (24.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 230 (16.6%)
Median Home Value $109,064
Average Home Value $148,841


Total Households 1,156
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 718
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.11% -0.01%
Households -0.22% -0.12%
Families -0.36% -0.25%
Median Household Income   1.55%
Per Capita Income   2.49%

Fosston, MN 56542 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 56542 to the other 883 ZIP Codes in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 354 60th
Population Density # 582 34th
Diversity Index # 314 65th
Median Household Income # 817 8th
Per Capita Income # 806 9th

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