Ely, MN Profile: Facts & Data


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Ely, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Ely had a population of 3,529 as of July 1, 2018. Ely ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ely is located at latitude 47.9056 and longitude -91.8507 in St. Louis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ely (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. St. Louis County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,430 feet.

The City of Ely (GNIS ID: 2394682) 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 Ely: City of Ely.

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


Total Population 3,529
Population in Households 3,314
Population in Familes 2,171
Population in Group Qrtrs 215
Population Density2 1,215
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $39,058
Average Household Income $56,872
Per Capita Income $28,705


Total Housing Units 2,073 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,149 (55.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 556 (26.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 369 (17.8%)
Median Home Value $107,528
Average Home Value $174,456


Total Households 1,704
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 812
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 0.24% 0.31%
Households 0.16% 0.29%
Families -0.03% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   3.69%

Ely, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ely 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 # 191 79th
Population Density # 204 78th
Diversity Index # 537 40th
Median Household Income # 848 6th
Per Capita Income # 507 44th

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