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

5,634

Population
Growth Rate

0.92%

Median Age

53

Diversity Index

26.600

Housing & Income

Households

2,725

Total Housing Units

6,187


Owner Occupied

2,130

Renter Occupied

595

Vacant

3,462

Median Home Value

$279,876


Average Home Value

$327,500

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.96%


Per Capita Income

2.34%

Income Projection

Median Household

$53,112 $56,295


Average Household

$68,016 $76,261


Per Capita

$32,908 $36,948

Workforce

Total Businesses

469

Total Employed

5,184

Workers 16+

2,563

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

2

Employed

49

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

6

Employed

136

Construction

Businesses

30

Employed

116

Manufacturing

Businesses

10

Employed

97

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

6

Employed

12

Some
High School

137

Graduated
High School

785

Associates
Degree

473

Bachelor's
Degree

1,183

Graduate
Degree

755

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

2,465

Non-Resident Commuters

94

Drive Alone

1,758

Carpooled

231

Public

33

Work At Home

171