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A+ Duluth Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Duluth Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Minnesota
964% less expensive than the US average
1022% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Duluth cost of living
D- Duluth Crime Total crime is 95% higher than Minnesota
Total crime
4,74872% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2272% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Duluth crime
D+ Duluth Employment Household income is 27% lower than Minnesota
Median household income
$45,95017% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,3238% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%21% lower than the US average
Duluth employment
D Duluth Housing Home value is 22% lower than Minnesota
Median home value
$148,90019% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$75221% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Duluth real estate or Duluth rentals
C Duluth Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Minnesota
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%1% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:120% higher than the US average
Duluth K-12 schools or Duluth colleges

Living in Duluth, MN

Located in the state of Minnesota, Duluth is a moderately-sized city with a population of 86,164 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (90% White). Given that fact, Duluth could be considered less diverse than other cities. Duluth is known to be family friendly as more than 72% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 64% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Duluth, Minnesota could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Duluth and in the areas around Duluth is a much easier task.

Duluth, MN receives 66 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #510 in Minnesota and #16,559 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Duluth has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+). There are some categories that Duluth ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), weather (F) and housing (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Duluth on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Canal Park, Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and Aerial Lift Bridge.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Duluth. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Duluth are affordable. The median home price for Duluth homes is $148,900, which is 22.2% lower than the Minnesota average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Duluth, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 6.7% higher than the Minnesota average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Duluth will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Duluth, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5%.

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Duluth, MN: Relaxation on the Lake

Having lived in Minneapolis for the last four years, I've spent a lot of time in the city of Duluth. Although many may expect it to be a dying industrial town covered in soot from the processing of iron ore, nothing could be farther from the truth. Although it is home to a major ore shipping industry, it is also a beautiful lakeside city with a sea side feel. Located on the southwestern corner of Lake Superior, the largest of the great Lakes, Duluth is loaded with recreational opportunities and other fun things to do and see.

Duluth is home to a great area of shops, restaurants and nightlife right on Lake Superior, Canal Park. It also hosts the Great Lakes Aquarium, a major zoo, a casino, sightseeing cruises and so much more. Due to its location, it is also the entry point to the North Shore recreational region as well as being conveniently sited for those looking to explore the Iron Range. Duluth also offers tours of a historical ore ship and of an operating paper mill.

Although not a large city (86,000 residents), Duluth has every convenience that a traveler would need. It is a great place to spend a weekend, or even an entire week.
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Source: The Duluth, MN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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