Community Profiles

County Seat: Aitkin

Aitkin County is strategically located between the northern Minnesota urban centers of Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Duluth.  Its largest Industries are tourism, forest products, and agriculture, but there is a growing base of metal fabrication and other manufacturing.

The county has excellent public schools, well-developed transportation systems, and modern community health care facilities.  Long famous for its recreational assets, it boasts an abundance of trails and lakes, including Mille Lacs, one of Minnesota’s most popular and prolific fishing destinations. The Mississippi River runs through the county seat.

Year Population Households Average Household Size Average Household Income
2015 16,299 7,380 2.17 $55,279
2020 16,520 7,533 2.16 $62,743

Source: Northland Connection, ESRI

Aitkin County, MN

Population

Total Population

16,827

Population
Growth Rate

0.37%

Median Age

55

Diversity Index

13.600

Housing & Income

Households

7,634

Total Housing Units

16,952


Owner Occupied

6,555

Renter Occupied

1,079

Vacant

9,318

Median Home Value

$196,756


Average Home Value

$226,781

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.44%


Per Capita Income

1.92%

Income Projection

Median Household

$48,650 $51,417


Average Household

$62,213 $68,274


Per Capita

$28,244 $31,060

Workforce

Total Businesses

618

Total Employed

5,366

Workers 16+

6,114

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

35

Employed

1,519

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

62

Employed

583

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

13

Employed

574

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

83

Employed

558

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

58

Employed

450

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

35

Employed

313

Some
High School

880

Graduated
High School

4,055

Associates
Degree

1,602

Bachelor's
Degree

1,747

Graduate
Degree

754

Average Commute Time

26 min.



Resident Commuters

4,025

Non-Resident Commuters

2,016

Drive Alone

4,904

Carpooled

536

Public

25

Work At Home

337