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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population86,164
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens14.7%
Employed Population 16+43,376
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married38.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.4%
Median Earnings25+$35,306
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,388

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,470
% Above Poverty Level79%
% Below Poverty Level21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.6%
% Using Public Transportation4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$752
Median House Value$148,900

Ancestry

German24.9%
Norwegian15.6%
Swedish13.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
Irish10.8%
English6.8%
Polish6.5%
Finnish6%
Italian5.4%
French Except Basque4.5%
Canadian1.9%
Scottish1.7%
Czech1.5%
Dutch1.4%
Danishn0.9%
Slovene0.7%
African0.7%
Russian0.7%
Croatian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Icelander0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Arab0.1%
US/American0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Duluth Almanac

CategoryValue
County St Louis County, St. Louis County
Standard Zip Codes55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55812, 55811, 55810, 55701
P.O. Box Zip Codes55801, 55815, 55816, 55814
Phone Area Codes218
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude46.78
Approximate Longitude-92.11

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)

StationDULUTH HARBOR STA
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp1 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 47 F
Jul Temp57 to 75 F
Oct Temp38 to 53 F
Annual Precip25.6 inches
StationCLOQUET
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 20 F
Apr Temp28 to 54 F
Jul Temp54 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 55 F
Annual Precip31.7 inches
StationTWO HARBORS
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp5 to 23 F
Apr Temp31 to 48 F
Jul Temp53 to 74 F
Oct Temp38 to 53 F
Annual Precip30.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carlton1,034$71,250
Cloquet12,047$62,168
Hermantown9,599$88,920

Duluth Public Libraries

Duluth Public Library
520 W. SUPERIOR ST.
Duluth, Minnesota
(218) 730-4200

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Duluth Hospitals

Essentia Health St Marys Med
(Non-profit)
407 East Third Street
(218) 786-4000
St Lukes Hospital
(Non-profit)
915 East First Street
(218) 249-5560
Essentia Health Duluth
(Non-profit)
502 East Second Street
(218) 786-2630

Duluth Public Schools

Lakeside Academy
502 E 2nd St
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8740
Other
Special Ed. N.p.
215 N 1st Ave E
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8740
Other
Total Enrollment 3
The Bridge
215 N 1st Ave E
ZIP: 55802
(218) 625-1400
High
Total Enrollment 20
Harbor City International Charter
332 W Michigan Street Ste 300
ZIP: 55802
(218) 722-7574
High
Total Enrollment 212
Early Childhood Special Education
215 N 1st Ave E
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8742
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Duluth Area Learning Center
215 N 1st Ave
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8756
Other
Total Enrollment 701
Superior Academy
215 N 1st Ave E
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8740
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Academic Excellence Online
215 N First Avenue East
ZIP: 55802
(218) 336-8766
High
Total Enrollment 6
Bethany Crises Shelter
110 W Redwing St
ZIP: 55803
(218) 728-7492
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Homecroft Elementary
4784 Howard Gnesen Rd
ZIP: 55803
(218) 336-8865
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Woodland Hills Academy
110 W Redwing St
ZIP: 55803
(218) 728-7492
Other
Total Enrollment 83
North Shore Community School
5926 Ryan Rd
ZIP: 55804
(218) 525-0663
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Lester Park Elementary
5300 Glenwood Ave
ZIP: 55804
(218) 336-8875
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
East High School
301 N 40th Ave E
ZIP: 55804
(218) 336-8845
High
Total Enrollment 1583
Ordean East Middle School
2900 E 4th St
ZIP: 55804
(218) 336-8940
Middle
Total Enrollment 833
Lakewood Elementary
5207 N Tischer Rd
ZIP: 55804
(218) 336-8870
Primary
Total Enrollment 242
Myers-wilkins Elementary
1027 N 8th Ave E
ZIP: 55805
(218) 733-2172
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Raleigh Primary/el Academy
5905 Raleigh St
ZIP: 55807
(218) 628-0697
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 W 3rd St
ZIP: 55807
(218) 336-8880
Middle
Total Enrollment 403
Merritt Creek Academy
4000 W 9th St
ZIP: 55807
(218) 625-2689
Other
Total Enrollment 94
Denfeld High School
401 N 44th Ave W
ZIP: 55807
(218) 336-8830
High
Total Enrollment 929
Laura Macarthur Elementary
720 N Central Ave
ZIP: 55807
(218) 336-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Stowe Elementary
715 101st Ave W
ZIP: 55808
(218) 336-8965
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Pike Lake Elementary
5682 Martin Rd
ZIP: 55810
(218) 729-8214
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Bay View Elementary
8708 Vinland
ZIP: 55810
(218) 628-4949
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Piedmont Elementary
2827 Chambersburg Ave
ZIP: 55811
(218) 336-8950
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
North Star Academy
3301 Technology Dr
ZIP: 55811
(218) 728-9556
Primary
Total Enrollment 1051
Secondary Technical Center
802 E Central Entrance
ZIP: 55811
(218) 336-8975
Arrowhead Juvenile Center
1918 Arlington Ave N
ZIP: 55811
(218) 625-6708
Other
Total Enrollment 24
Lowell Elementary
2000 Rice Lake Rd
ZIP: 55811
(218) 336-8895
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Chester Creek Academy
714 1/2 W College St
ZIP: 55811
(218) 728-5722
Other
Total Enrollment 70
Congdon Elementary
3116 E Superior St
ZIP: 55812
(218) 336-8825
Primary
Total Enrollment 587

Duluth Private Schools

St Johns School
1 W Chisholm St
ZIP: 55803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
Montessori School Of Duluth
313 Mygatt Ave
ZIP: 55803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
St Michael's Lakeside School
4628 Pitt St
ZIP: 55804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
Summit School
1600 N 8th Ave E
ZIP: 55805
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St James Catholic School
715 N 57th Ave W
ZIP: 55807
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Stone Ridge Christian School
115 E Orange St
ZIP: 55811
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Lakeview Christian Academy
155 W Central Entrance
ZIP: 55811
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 216
The Marshall School
1215 Rice Lake Rd
ZIP: 55811
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 467
Holy Rosary School
2802 E 4th St
ZIP: 55812
Elementary
Total Enrollment 293
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Spalding Hotel c1908.

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Spalding Hotel c1908.

Aerial bridge car c1908 (est.)

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