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

Population
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Population

Population2000201020192024
Cook County, MN5,1685,1765,6345,884

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Population by Age

Population201020192024
0-4218212224
5-9222210213
10-14251229232
15-19259235226
20-24200228216
25-29246267263
30-34243273293
35-39258288302
40-44322275318
45-49387330305
50-54497450416
55-59525585539
60-64497635659
65-69372495568
70-74246397444
75-79173224314
80-84118132172
85+142169180
18+4,3054,8295,065
Median Age505354

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Population by Race

Cook County, MN2019
Total5,634.000
White Alone87.490
Black Alone0.300
American Indian Alone7.770
Asian Alone0.960
Pacific Islander Alone0.070
Some Other Race0.500
Two or More Races2.910
Hispanic Origin2.470
Diversity Index26.600

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Growth Rate

Cook County, MN2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%1%
Households1%1%
Families1%1%
Median Household Income%1%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020192024
Households2,3502,4942,7252,850
Housing Units4,7085,8396,1876,437
Owner Occupied Units2,1302,219
Renter Occupied Units595631
Vacant Units3,4623,587

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Home Value

Cook County, MN20192024
Median Home Value$279,876$306,674
Average Home Value$327,500$354,033
<$50,0009578
$50,000 - $99,9997962
$100,000 - $149,999182146
$150,000 - $199,999256219
$200,000 - $249,999309303
$250,000 - $299,999241271
$300,000 - $399,999406457
$400,000 - $499,999226257
$500,000 - $749,999251318
$1,000,000 +1818

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later94
2000-20091,277
1990-19991,147
1980-1989672
1970-1979802
1960-1969428
1950-1959509
1940-1949365
1939 or Before596

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Income
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Income

Cook County, MN20192024
Median Household$53,112$56,295
Average Household$68,016$76,261
Per Capita$32,908$36,948

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Household Income Base

Cook County, MN2019
<$15,000305
$15,000 - $24,999266
$25,000 - $34,999249
$35,000 - $49,999414
$50,000 - $74,999677
$75,000 - $99,999290
$100,000 - $149,999329
$150,000 - $199,999130
$200,000+65

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+2,563
In-County Residents2,465
Out-of-County Residents94
Drive Alone1,758
Carpooled231
Public Transport33
Work at Home171
Less than 5 minutes307
5-9 minutes728
10-14 minutes440
15-19 minutes290
20-24 minutes190
25-29 minutes66
30-34 minutes135
35-39 minutes33
40-44 minutes27
45-59 minutes106
60-89 minutes39
90+ minutes31
Average Travel Time16

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees5,184
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt49
Mining0
Utilities136
Construction116
Manufacturing97
Wholesale Trade12
  
Retail Trade443
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers59
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store2
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip80
Food & Beverage Stores107
Health/Pers Care Stores17
Gasoline Stations34
Clothing/Accessory Store5
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music37
General Merchandise Str26
Misc Store Retailers76
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse69
Information136
  
Finance & Insurance66
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn52
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv2
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other12
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing62
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv70
Legal Services14
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt45
Educational Services325
HealthCare/Social Assist493
Arts/Entertainment/Rec959
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs1,428
Accommodation1,129
Food Srv/Drinking Places299
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin96
Auto Repair/Maintenance18
Public Administration Emp582

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Educational Attainment (25+)

Cook County, MN2019
Some High School137
Graduated High School785
Associates Degree473
Bachelor's Degree1,183
Graduate Degree755

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses469
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus2
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus6
Construction Bus30
Manufacturing Bus10
Wholesale Trade Bus6
  
Retail Trade Bus64
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus8
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus1
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus7
Food & Beverage Stores Bus13
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus2
Gasoline Stations Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus2
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus6
General Merchandise Str Bus5
Misc Store Retailers Bus16
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus14
Information Bus16
  
Finance & Insurance Bus12
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus6
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus1
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus5
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus21
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus23
Legal Services Bus2
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus15
Educational Services Bus11
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus25
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus28
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus89
Accommodation Bus69
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus20
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus31
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus6
Public Administration Bus48

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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