Ely is a very small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 3,408 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ely is the 189th largest community in Minnesota. Ely has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ely is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ely is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ely who work in food service (13.25%), sales jobs (13.01%), and office and administrative support (12.27%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.96 minutes getting to work every day.
As is often the case in a small city, Ely doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The overall education level of Ely is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.73% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Ely in 2010 was $22,299, which is lower middle income relative to Minnesota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,196 for a family of four.
The people who call Ely home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ely residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ely include Finnish, Norwegian, Slovene, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Ely is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Slavic languages.