A small town in Minnesota, Detroit Lakes has a population of just over 9,000. Retirees will fit right in, as they make up 21% of the population compared to 14% nationally. Renters tend to be in the minority in the town, and 60% of residents own their homes. With a relatively low average rent of $805/month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Minnesota. Each month, renters in Detroit Lakes will pay around $187 less compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 18 minutes, quicker than most cities in Minnesota, Detroit Lakes residents have found that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Many residents (42%) drive themselves to work, while public transit isn't extensively used. Walking (3%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
Detroit Lakes has a large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who possess an Associate's degree (9%) compared to the national average (5%). Furthermore, 17% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. If you're looking for a variety of career options, Detroit Lakes has a surplus. The four most common industries are healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 33% of the town's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the town's residents work in transportation, which ranks as the top career path in the town. Detroit Lakes workers take home an average annual income of almost $55,000, around $26,000 less than the state average. The town's average income also trails the national average ($73,345).
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