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

Population2000201020202025
Cook County, MN5,1685,1765,7155,984

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4218207216
5-9222216218
10-14251240242
15-19259243250
20-24200252229
25-29246264264
30-34243255281
35-39258275266
40-44322283331
45-49387346312
50-54497421402
55-59525557519
60-64497635591
65-69372535650
70-74246470494
75-79173225369
80-84118130178
85+142161172
18+4,3054,8915,143
Median Age505355

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Cook County, MN2020
Total5,715.000
White Alone86.880
Black Alone0.300
American Indian Alone8.100
Asian Alone0.960
Pacific Islander Alone0.070
Some Other Race0.490
Two or More Races3.200
Hispanic Origin2.410
Diversity Index27.400

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

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

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households2,3502,4942,7732,910
Housing Units4,7085,8396,3796,680
Owner Occupied Units2,1662,283
Renter Occupied Units607627
Vacant Units3,6063,770

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Cook County, MN20202025
Median Home Value$265,056$276,234
Average Home Value$313,019$321,934
<$50,0009076
$50,000 - $99,9997467
$100,000 - $149,999192180
$150,000 - $199,999296291
$200,000 - $249,999350368
$250,000 - $299,999269304
$300,000 - $399,999437493
$400,000 - $499,999178199
$500,000 - $749,999186205
$1,000,000 +2021

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later123
2000-20091,229
1990-19991,105
1980-1989686
1970-1979811
1960-1969434
1950-1959488
1940-1949369
1939 or Before664

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Cook County, MN20202025
Median Household$54,608$57,412
Average Household$71,979$78,852
Per Capita$34,937$38,356

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Cook County, MN2020
<$15,000271
$15,000 - $24,999227
$25,000 - $34,999322
$35,000 - $49,999401
$50,000 - $74,999628
$75,000 - $99,999347
$100,000 - $149,999355
$150,000 - $199,999133
$200,000+89

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+2,537
In-County Residents2,421
Out-of-County Residents108
Drive Alone1,741
Carpooled233
Public Transport32
Work at Home172
Less than 5 minutes271
5-9 minutes752
10-14 minutes425
15-19 minutes293
20-24 minutes212
25-29 minutes46
30-34 minutes169
35-39 minutes31
40-44 minutes9
45-59 minutes92
60-89 minutes33
90+ minutes32
Average Travel Time16

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees5,055
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt49
Mining0
Utilities136
Construction136
Manufacturing88
Wholesale Trade11
  
Retail Trade402
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers60
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store4
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip70
Food & Beverage Stores106
Health/Pers Care Stores17
Gasoline Stations23
Clothing/Accessory Store4
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music19
General Merchandise Str33
Misc Store Retailers66
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse51
Information130
  
Finance & Insurance61
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn50
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv2
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other9
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing77
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv69
Legal Services14
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt51
Educational Services304
HealthCare/Social Assist507
Arts/Entertainment/Rec951
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs1,402
Accommodation1,085
Food Srv/Drinking Places317
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin98
Auto Repair/Maintenance20
Public Administration Emp506

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Cook County, MN2020
Some High School118
Graduated High School843
Associates Degree507
Bachelor's Degree1,300
Graduate Degree730

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses450
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus2
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus6
Construction Bus30
Manufacturing Bus8
Wholesale Trade Bus5
  
Retail Trade Bus60
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus8
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus2
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus6
Food & Beverage Stores Bus11
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus2
Gasoline Stations Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus1
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus6
General Merchandise Str Bus5
Misc Store Retailers Bus14
Nonstore Retailers Bus1
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus12
Information Bus16
  
Finance & Insurance Bus11
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus6
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus1
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus4
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus21
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus22
Legal Services Bus2
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus15
Educational Services Bus9
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus27
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus23
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus90
Accommodation Bus69
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus21
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus30
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus7
Public Administration Bus44

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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