Detroit Lakes, MN
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Detroit Lakes is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 9,002 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Detroit Lakes is the 105th largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Detroit Lakes is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Detroit Lakes is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Detroit Lakes who work in office and administrative support (10.16%), sales jobs (9.86%), and healthcare (9.41%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Detroit Lakes spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.27 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of people in Detroit Lakes who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.65% of adults in Detroit Lakes have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Detroit Lakes in 2010 was $25,866, which is middle income relative to Minnesota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,464 for a family of four. However, Detroit Lakes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Detroit Lakes home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Detroit Lakes residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Detroit Lakes include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Detroit Lakes is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.

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