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, 2016)


Total Population 2,907
Population in Households 2,812
Population in Familes 2,226
Population in Group Qrtrs 95
Population Density1 15
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 1,200
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 749
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,487 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 859 (57.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 341 (22.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 287 (19.3%)
Median Home Value $93,503
Average Home Value $134,255


Median Household Income $41,418
Average Household Income $54,079
Per Capita Income $22,978
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.13% -0.08%
Households -0.21% -0.13%
Families -0.36% -0.21%
Median Household Income   -0.93%
Per Capita Income   1.02%
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.

Fosston, MN 56542 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 56542 to the other 880 ZIP Codes 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 # 350 60th
Population Density1 # 579 34th
Diversity Index2 # 272 69th
Median Household Income # 800 9th
Per Capita Income # 807 8th

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