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Overview

Introduction to Duluth, Minnesota

The Minnesota city of Duluth, county seat of St. Louis County, is a seaport on the westernmost point of Lake Superior's north shore. Only four miles from the Wisconsin border, Duluth shares a harbor with its neighboring port city of Superior, Wisconsin, together called the Twin Ports. Principal highways servicing the city are Interstate I-35, U.S. Routes 2 and 53, and Minnesota State Highways 61 and 210.

Named for the first known European explorer of the area (Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut), Duluth was incorporated as a town in 1857 and as a city in 1870. During much of the twentieth century, the city was an industrial port town, housing several mills, a cement plant, and a U.S. Steel plant. Foreign competition led to the closing of the steel plant in 1971, with many other industrial activities soon following suit. The decline of the city's industrial core caused a shift in the local economic focus to tourism, resulting in the revitalization of the city's downtown district and the conversion of old warehouses along the waterfront into cafes, shops, and restaurants. Duluth today is a regional hub and major transportation center for a large area encompassing northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and a portion of western Michigan.

Duluth Attractions

Duluth has many attractions to suit all tastes. The Edgewater Resort & Waterpark (also known as The Edge) is a Polynesian-themed indoor water park which features two four-story slides, a large interactive children's wet and wild play area, and a 2,000 square-foot arcade. Along the same lines, Carnival Thrillz, Duluth's only family entertainment center, provides hours of fun with rides, games and food. An entertainment center for the older crowd is the city's Fond-du-Luth Casino, which offers 750 video slot machines, blackjack tables, and poker games open 7 days a week. The Great Lakes Aquarium, America's only all freshwater aquarium, offers over 30 interactive exhibits and an opportunity to explore the history, culture, and majesty of Lake Superior while enjoying daily live shows and programs. The Glensheen Historic Estate is a 39-room Jacobean style mansion complete with custom designed original furnishings set within beautifully manicured grounds. The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center offers film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. Just 10 minutes from downtown Duluth is the Lake Superior Zoo, featuring hundreds of animals from around the world.

Duluth also hosts a number of annual festivals, events, and celebrations. The Winterfest provides a season worth of winter activities for the entire family. Grandma's Marathon is a June weekend festival that is much more than a 26.2-mile race; one of Duluth's biggest events, it’s a celebration of running, live entertainment, fabulous food and activities for the whole family. July's Fourthfest provides great music and food on the waterfront along with an incredible fireworks display. August's Bayfront Blues Festival features four days of nationally known acts performing on Lake Superior's shore. In September, the NorthShore InLine Marathon, the largest inline marathon and ARC (American Roller Cup) Series event in the country, tests the endurance of thousands of inline skaters annually. And November's AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross, with hundreds of snowmobile racers and tens of thousands of spectators, is the largest on-the-snow event anywhere in the world.

Although Duluth once fielded a National Football League team in the 1920s and a Northern League independent professional baseball team as recently as 2002, the city currently has no professional sports team. Sports fans however can (and do) enjoy the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog hockey games which take place at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Notable Bulldog alumni include former National Hockey League great Brett Hull. Baseball fans can root for the Duluth Xpress, an amateur baseball team made up of current and former college and ex-professional baseball players.

People

Total Population 86,239
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 42,812
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 39.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.7%
Median Earnings25+ $33,339
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,228
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,757

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,005
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $726
Median House Value $145,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 11.4%

Duluth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 136 miles N of St. Paul, Minnesota
County St Louis
Metro Area Duluth - Superior
Standard Zip Codes 55701, 55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55810, 55811, 55812
P.O. Box Zip Codes 55801, 55814, 55815, 55816
Phone Area Codes 218
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.794
Longitude -92.106

Duluth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DULUTH HARBOR STA
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 47 F
Jul Temp 57 to 75 F
Oct Temp 38 to 53 F
Annual Precip 25.6 inches
Station CLOQUET
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 28 to 54 F
Jul Temp 54 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 55 F
Annual Precip 31.7 inches
Station TWO HARBORS
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 31 to 48 F
Jul Temp 53 to 74 F
Oct Temp 38 to 53 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Duluth, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Adolph General Store (55701)

Duluth Federal Prison (55814)

Morgan Park (55808)

West Duluth (55807)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlton 938 $61,346
Cloquet 12,064 $59,638
Hermantown 9,588 $85,726

Duluth Public Libraries

Library
Duluth Public Library
520 W. SUPERIOR ST.
Duluth, Minnesota
(218) 723-3825
Library Web Site

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Duluth Hospitals

ST MARY'S MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
407 E 3RD ST
(218) 786-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

SMDC MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
502 E SECOND ST
(218) 727-8762
Emergency Service: No

ST LUKES HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
915 E 1ST ST
(218) 249-5555
Emergency Service: Yes

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Duluth High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

EAST SR.
2900 E 4TH ST.
218-728-7426
Serves 1,430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.9

DENFELD SR.
4405 W 4TH ST
218-628-4863
Serves 1,197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

CENTRAL SEC.
800 E. CENTRAL ENTRANCE
218-733-2130
Serves 1,082 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

DULUTH ALC
2 E. 2ND ST.
218-733-2075
A Non-traditional School
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

NORTHWOOD WEST
4000 W. 9TH ST.
218-628-4910
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.9

LAKE SUPERIOR HIGH SCHOOL
5215 RICE LAKE ROAD
218-529-2468
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

WOODLAND HILLS ACADEMY
110 WEST REDWING STREET
218-728-7492
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34

NORTHWOOD SCHOOL
714 1/2 W. COLLEGE STREET
218-728-5722
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 59 students.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
215 N. 1ST AVE. E.
218-723-4140
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

ARROWHEAD JUVENILE CENTER
1918 ARLINGTON AVE.
218-722-7776
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.

CHISHOLM HOUSE PROGRAM
110 WEST REDWING STREET
218-724-1608
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 18 students.

MILLER-DWAN ADOC
215 N. 1ST AVE. E.
218-723-4106
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.

TEEN PARENT
215 N. 1ST AVE. EAST
218-628-4879
A Non-traditional School
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

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Spalding Hotel c1908.

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Spalding Hotel c1908.

Aerial bridge car c1908 (est.)

Aerial bridge car c1908.

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