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The City of Fosston had a population of 1,488 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Fosston is located at latitude 47.5851 and longitude -95.7527 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fosston (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,296 feet.

The City of Fosston (GNIS ID: 2394799) 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 Fosston 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 Fosston: City of Fosston.

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


Total Population 1,488
Daytime Population: Workers 1,314
Daytime Population: Residents 874
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,188
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.47
Population in Households 1,413
Population in Familes 1,056
Population in Group Qrtrs 75
Population Density2 815
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $37,458
Average Household Income $52,774
Per Capita Income $23,663


Total Housing Units 750 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 395 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 254 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 101 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $91,114
Average Home Value $126,456


Total Households 649
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 365
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 -0.36% -0.16%
Households -0.44% -0.25%
Families -0.08% -0.39%
Median Household Income   0.82%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

Fosston, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fosston 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 # 301 67th
Population Density # 358 61st
Diversity Index # 313 66th
Median Household Income # 856 6th
Per Capita Income # 784 13th

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