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The City of Detroit Lakes had a population of 9,650 as of July 1, 2021. 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 46.8172 and longitude -95.8453 in Becker County. The formal boundaries for the City of Detroit Lakes 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 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, 2021)


Total Population 9,650 (100%)
Population in Households 9,317 (96.5%)
Population in Families 6,693 (69.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 333 ( 3.5%)
Population Density 868
Diversity Index2 28


Median Household Income $50,019
Average Household Income $65,432
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $28,868
Wealth Index5 63


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,102 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,764 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,544 (30.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 794 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $195,282
Average Home Value $257,281
Housing Affordability Index3 153


Total Households 4,308
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 2,342
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 1.05% 0.85%
Households 0.96% 0.83%
Families 1.0% 0.72%
Median Household Income   0.31%
Per Capita Income   1.01%
Owner Occupied HU   1.36%

Detroit Lakes, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Detroit Lakes to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 337 63rd
Median Household Income # 790 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 294 33rd
Per Capita Income # 648 28th
Diversity Index # 215 76th

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