Detroit Lakes, MN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - Basic Facts

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The City of Detroit Lakes had a population of 9,317 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Detroit Lakes, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 9,317
Daytime Population: Workers 9,875
Daytime Population: Residents 4,852
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,727
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.58
Population in Households 8,984
Population in Familes 6,498
Population in Group Qrtrs 333
Population Density2 878
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $49,147
Average Household Income $63,236
Per Capita Income $28,262


Total Housing Units 4,891 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,516 (51.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,659 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 715 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $170,704
Average Home Value $206,602


Total Households 4,176
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 2,295
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 1.15% 0.78%
Households 1.07% 0.76%
Families 1.27% 0.71%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.89%

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, 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 # 101 89th
Population Density # 337 63rd
Diversity Index # 218 76th
Median Household Income # 615 32nd
Per Capita Income # 463 49th

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