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Motley Demographics

The village of Motley began its life early in the 1870's due to the Lake Superior and Puget Sound Railroad Company, which ran east to west, but the community was sustained by an active lumber industry. The earliest settler was Calvin Priestly, sent by the railroad company in the autumn of 1872. In 1878, H.B. Morrison built a large lumber mill. In 1881, Curtis and Lawrence also opened a mill one-mile from the village–sawing lumber, shingles and lath. These two mills provided employment for arriving workmen and opened the door for settlement. Soon additional industries sprang up, as did a thriving retail community. A school, churches and other amenities were built.

In the 1920's, the lumber industry in Minnesota began to decline. As a result, other industries took its place. Raising animals for fur became profitable. A variety of animals were farmed such as skunk, fox, muskrat and beaver. Turkey farming has also been an important industry in the Motley area.

A Lake of the Woods fisherman came through Motley needing to get rid of his catch of fish. Ed Morey traded corn for the fish and selling the fish immediately was a must. Thus, Ed Morey found his calling. The Morey Fish Company was formed and launched Motley as a seafood producing center.

Motley is the intersecting point of U.S. Highway 10 and 210. Two beautiful rivers, the Long Prairie and the Crow Wing, flow through the community. Motley is home to the Morey Fish Company and ConAgra Foods. The beauty of the city and its advantageous location make Motley the ideal setting for business and good living.

Motley Industrial Park

Population

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Motley city 627 671 748 791
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Age

Population 2010 2016 2021
0-4 53 48 48
5-9 45 44 52
10-14 35 36 51
15-19 44 36 36
20-24 48 43 33
25-29 39 48 45
30-34 34 40 50
35-39 34 30 43
40-44 25 30 34
45-49 41 44 33
50-54 52 66 46
55-59 35 60 68
60-64 41 48 63
65-69 29 49 49
70-74 35 49 48
75-79 26 31 44
80-84 29 22 25
85+ 26 24 23
18+ 513 598 618
Median Age 41 47 46
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Race

Motley city 2016
Total 748
White Alone 95.720
Black Alone 0.130
American Indian Alone 0.270
Asian Alone 0.000
Pacific Islander Alone 0.000
Some Other Race 1.470
Two or More Races 2.410
Hispanic Origin 3.880
Diversity Index 15.400
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Households

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Households 272 305 340 361
Housing Units 288 338 382 407
Owner Occupied Units 223 239
Renter Occupied Units 117 121
Vacant Units 42 46
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Income

Motley city 2016 2021
Median Household $38,776 $45,201
Average Household $50,646 $54,374
Per Capita $22,424 $24,098
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Household Income Base

Motley city 2016
<$15,000 41
$15,000 - $24,999 48
$25,000 - $34,999 71
$35,000 - $49,999 34
$50,000 - $74,999 91
$75,000 - $99,999 32
$100,000 - $149,999 18
$150,000 - $199,999 1
$200,000+ 5
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Growth Rate

Motley city 2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 2% 1%
Households 2% 1%
Families 4% 1%
Median Household Income 3%
Per Capita Income 1%
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Motley Quality Life

Home Value

Motley city 2016 2021
Median Home Value $138,934 $170,109
Average Home Value $178,167 $204,079
<$50,000 27 16
$50,000 - $99,999 36 23
$100,000 - $149,999 61 62
$150,000 - $199,999 35 46
$200,000 - $249,999 28 45
$250,000 - $299,999 9 15
$300,000 - $399,999 7 9
$400,000 - $499,999 12 16
$500,000 - $749,999 3 4
$750,000 - $999,999 0 0
$1,000,000 + 3 3
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 2
2000-2009 48
1990-1999 30
1980-1989 49
1970-1979 88
1960-1969 20
1950-1959 25
1940-1949 11
1939 or Before 54
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 238
In-County Residents 123
Out-of-County Residents 113
Drive Alone 190
Carpooled 20
Public Transport 2
Work at Home 9
Less than 5 minutes 33
5-9 minutes 71
10-14 minutes 23
15-19 minutes 17
20-24 minutes 24
25-29 minutes 1
30-34 minutes 15
35-39 minutes 21
40-44 minutes 0
45-59 minutes 18
60-89 minutes 6
90+ minutes 0
Average Travel Time 0
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Motley Workforce Occupations

Employees By NAICS

Category Number
Total Employees 912
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt 0
Mining 0
Utilities 0
Construction 2
Manufacturing 13
Wholesale Trade 407
   
Retail Trade 128
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers 10
Furn & Home Furnish Str 0
Electronics & Appl Store 0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip 5
Food & Beverage Stores 62
Health/Pers Care Stores 2
Gasoline Stations 42
Clothing/Accessory Store 0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music 0
General Merchandise Str 2
Misc Store Retailers 3
Nonstore Retailers 2
   
Transportation/Warehouse 16
Information 0
   
Finance & Insurance 10
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn 7
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv 0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other 3
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing 6
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv 15
Legal Services 0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt 0
Educational Services 162
HealthCare/Social Assist 43
Arts/Entertainment/Rec 0
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs 62
Accommodation 6
Food Srv/Drinking Places 56
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin 31
Auto Repair/Maintenance 6
Public Administration Emp 17
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Motley Workforce Establishments

Businesses By NAICS

Category Number
Total Businesses 68
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus 0
Mining Bus 0
Utilities Bus 0
Construction Bus 1
Manufacturing Bus 2
Wholesale Trade Bus 2
   
Retail Trade Bus 19
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus 1
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus 0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus 0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus 1
Food & Beverage Stores Bus 7
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus 1
Gasoline Stations Bus 4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus 0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus 0
General Merchandise Str Bus 1
Misc Store Retailers Bus 3
Nonstore Retailers Bus 1
   
Transportation/Warehouse Bus 3
Information Bus 0
   
Finance & Insurance Bus 7
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus 6
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus 0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus 1
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus 3
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus 1
Legal Services Bus 0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus 0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus 0
Educational Services Bus 3
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus 5
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus 0
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus 6
Accommodation Bus 1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus 5
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus 11
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus 3
Public Administration Bus 5
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Motley Higher Education

Educational Attainment (25+)

Educational Level Attained Number
Some High School 36
Graduated High School 200
Associates Degree 56
Bachelor's Degree 62
Graduate Degree 3
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $263,033
College School Books/Supplies $14,497
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $275
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

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