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Ely, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Ely had a population of 3,558 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ely population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 3,558
Daytime Population: Workers 1,868
Daytime Population: Residents 1,910
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,778
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 3,336
Population in Familes 2,206
Population in Group Qrtrs 222
Population Density2 1,225
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $38,305
Average Household Income $54,732
Per Capita Income $27,715


Total Housing Units 2,082 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,082 (52.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 638 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 363 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $98,008
Average Home Value $151,340


Total Households 1,719
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 821
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 0.38% 0.45%
Households 0.3% 0.37%
Families 0.12% 0.24%
Median Household Income   1.05%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

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, 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 # 186 80th
Population Density # 200 78th
Diversity Index # 503 45th
Median Household Income # 848 6th
Per Capita Income # 507 44th

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