In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, immigrants from more than 40 European countries flocked to northeastern Minnesota in search of good-paying jobs and land on which to raise a family. The work ethic and importance of education passed on by those proud immigrants lives on today in northeastern Minnesota.
Statistics show that we have a labor participation rate of 67.9%, the highest rate in the Midwest. In addition, 62% of northeastern Minnesota's adults have a high school education or above, 39% hold a professional certificate or license and 23% have a Bachelor's Degree or Graduate Degree.
Economy & Jobs
Total Employed Workers - 63,993
Annual average wages - $30,182
Employment by Industry
# of workers
% of workers
Accommodation and food services
Administration & support, waste management, and remediation
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Arts, entertainment, and recreation
Finance and insurance
Health care and social assistance
Management of companies and enterprises
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Other services (excluding public administration)
Professional, scientific, and technical services
Real estate and rental and leasing
Transportation and warehousing
Source: US Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies
Income & Poverty
Median Household Income: $49,281.53
Mean Household Income: $61,786.67
Median Family income: $63,244.20
Mean Family income: $74,334.20
Per Capita Personal Income: $28,319.53
% of families and people whose income in the past 12 months is below the poverty level: 9%
Homeownership Rate: 79%
Median Housing Value: $135,846.70
Median Gross Rent: $636.33
People tend to live and work in northeastern Minnesota because that's where they want to be.
The region's cities, towns and rural areas provide "big-city" amenities with virtually no traffic jams.