Detroit Lakes, MN Profile: Facts & Data


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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Detroit Lakes had a population of 9,365 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Detroit Lakes, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 9,365
Population in Households 9,032
Population in Familes 6,464
Population in Group Qrtrs 333
Population Density2 883
Diversity Index3 26


Median Household Income $46,802
Average Household Income $61,799
Per Capita Income $27,564


Total Housing Units 4,942 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,686 (54.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,504 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 752 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $172,714
Average Home Value $214,724


Total Households 4,190
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 2,285
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.07% 0.88%
Households 0.98% 0.83%
Families 1.06% 0.73%
Median Household Income   0.89%
Per Capita Income   1.27%

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, 2018 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 # 103 89th
Population Density # 332 63rd
Diversity Index # 204 78th
Median Household Income # 709 22nd
Per Capita Income # 587 35th

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