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 healthcare (10.23%), office and administrative support (10.19%), and sales jobs (9.17%).

One of the benefits of Detroit Lakes is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.14 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The percentage of people in Detroit Lakes who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.86% of adults in Detroit Lakes have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Detroit Lakes in 2010 was $26,263, 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 $105,052 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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