Community Profiles

County Seat: Grand Marais

Cook County is located in the far northeast corner of Minnesota and sits on the edge of Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior National Forest. This breathtaking region, with its towering trees, rocky cliffs and quaint harbor communities, enjoys strong tourism and forest products industries and a thriving real estate market.

Thanks to careful planning, a growing number of light manufacturing and technology-based businesses are choosing to locate in Cook County. The city of Grand Marais features a business development area with 85 acres.

Year Population Households Average Household Size Average Household Income
2015 45,562 19,238 2.32 $60,868
2020 46,404 19,682 2.31 $68,024

Source: Northland Connection, ESRI

Cook County, MN

Population

Total Population

5,715

Population
Growth Rate

0.97%

Median Age

53

Diversity Index

27.400

Housing & Income

Households

2,773

Total Housing Units

6,379


Owner Occupied

2,166

Renter Occupied

607

Vacant

3,606

Median Home Value

$265,056


Average Home Value

$313,019

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.04%


Per Capita Income

1.88%

Income Projection

Median Household

$54,608 $57,412


Average Household

$71,979 $78,852


Per Capita

$34,937 $38,356

Workforce

Total Businesses

450

Total Employed

5,055

Workers 16+

2,537

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

90

Employed

1,402

2020 Accommodation Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

69

Employed

1,085

2020 Arts/Entertainment/Rec

cp-industries

Businesses

23

Employed

951

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

27

Employed

507

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

44

Employed

506

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

60

Employed

402

Some
High School

118

Graduated
High School

843

Associates
Degree

507

Bachelor's
Degree

1,300

Graduate
Degree

730

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,421

Non-Resident Commuters

108

Drive Alone

1,741

Carpooled

233

Public

32

Work At Home

172