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Pierz Demographics

In July 1852, Father Francis Xavier Pierz arrived in Crow Wing, a village at the confluence of the Crow Wing River with the Mississippi. He was a missionary sent to serve the upper Mississippi region. When he came upon an area of fertile land, which he called Rich Prairie, he wrote to Europe encouraging people to emigrate. The result was that the area was settled almost exclusively by German Catholics. In honor of this prominent and faithful priest, the village was named Pierz. Even today, the population of Pierz is primarily of German Catholic descent.

The broad expanses of rich soil were ideal for the farming enterprise that became the foundation of the area's economy. It spawned the growth of an agriculture-based community of implement dealers, feed businesses, blacksmiths, creameries and stores catering to farmers' needs. The growing community also needed lumberyards, crafts people and hardware stores. Merchants of all kinds found customers in this prosperous community. Though other industries have grown in Pierz, it has always been primarily based on agriculture and the richness of the prairie soil. Pierz is famous for being the home of Thielen's Meat Market, a popular stop for weekenders going to their cabins.

When Pierz and two other surrounding communities, Genola and Buckman, needed new sewer and water infrastructure, they combined their resources and formed a sewer and water district to provide services for all three communities.

Pierz Industrial Park

Population

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
Pierz city 1,303 1,393 1,537 1,625
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Age

Population 2010 2017 2022
0-4 86 92 99
5-9 96 96 101
10-14 98 102 109
15-19 83 84 105
20-24 77 80 78
25-29 92 102 85
30-34 67 89 106
35-39 59 73 97
40-44 78 73 79
45-49 94 86 81
50-54 72 88 93
55-59 59 80 93
60-64 52 71 89
65-69 69 83 75
70-74 58 79 89
75-79 51 61 74
80-84 73 63 57
85+ 129 133 115
18+ 1,052 1,183 1,238
Median Age 43 43 42
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Race

Pierz city 2017
Total 1,537
White Alone 97.400
Black Alone 0.000
American Indian Alone 0.330
Asian Alone 0.460
Pacific Islander Alone 0.000
Some Other Race 0.460
Two or More Races 1.370
Hispanic Origin 1.370
Diversity Index 7.600
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Households

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
Households 516 585 649 688
Housing Units 526 605 672 717
Owner Occupied Units 402 438
Renter Occupied Units 247 249
Vacant Units 23 29
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Income

Pierz city 2017 2022
Median Household $35,611 $53,912
Average Household $57,148 $65,840
Per Capita $24,597 $28,335
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Household Income Base

Pierz city 2017
<$15,000 102
$15,000 - $24,999 119
$25,000 - $34,999 102
$35,000 - $49,999 20
$50,000 - $74,999 65
$75,000 - $99,999 164
$100,000 - $149,999 57
$150,000 - $199,999 13
$200,000+ 6
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Growth Rate

Pierz city 2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 1% 1%
Households 1% 1%
Families 2% 1%
Median Household Income 9%
Per Capita Income 3%
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Pierz Quality Life

Home Value

Pierz city 2017 2022
Median Home Value $132,680 $138,462
Average Home Value $146,953 $157,363
<$50,000 16 15
$50,000 - $99,999 85 84
$100,000 - $149,999 153 156
$150,000 - $199,999 87 95
$200,000 - $249,999 21 27
$250,000 - $299,999 14 21
$300,000 - $399,999 25 39
$400,000 - $499,999 0 0
$500,000 - $749,999 1 1
$750,000 - $999,999 0 0
$1,000,000 + 0 0
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 4
2000-2009 121
1990-1999 66
1980-1989 102
1970-1979 96
1960-1969 24
1950-1959 79
1940-1949 6
1939 or Before 119
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 609
In-County Residents 455
Out-of-County Residents 148
Drive Alone 462
Carpooled 56
Public Transport 5
Work at Home 37
Less than 5 minutes 123
5-9 minutes 89
10-14 minutes 30
15-19 minutes 61
20-24 minutes 84
25-29 minutes 25
30-34 minutes 51
35-39 minutes 19
40-44 minutes 10
45-59 minutes 36
60-89 minutes 14
90+ minutes 30
Average Travel Time 22
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Pierz Workforce Occupations

Employees By NAICS

Category Number
Total Employees 977
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt 0
Mining 0
Utilities 3
Construction 16
Manufacturing 60
Wholesale Trade 11
   
Retail Trade 138
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers 30
Furn & Home Furnish Str 22
Electronics & Appl Store 0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip 21
Food & Beverage Stores 50
Health/Pers Care Stores 10
Gasoline Stations 0
Clothing/Accessory Store 0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music 0
General Merchandise Str 0
Misc Store Retailers 5
Nonstore Retailers 0
   
Transportation/Warehouse 15
Information 4
   
Finance & Insurance 37
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn 23
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv 0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other 14
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing 2
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv 13
Legal Services 0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises 15
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt 1
Educational Services 212
HealthCare/Social Assist 288
Arts/Entertainment/Rec 6
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs 34
Accommodation 1
Food Srv/Drinking Places 33
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin 44
Auto Repair/Maintenance 1
Public Administration Emp 78
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Pierz Workforce Establishments

Businesses By NAICS

Category Number
Total Businesses 95
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus 0
Mining Bus 0
Utilities Bus 1
Construction Bus 4
Manufacturing Bus 6
Wholesale Trade Bus 3
   
Retail Trade Bus 14
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus 2
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus 2
Electronics & Appl Store Bus 0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus 2
Food & Beverage Stores Bus 4
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus 2
Gasoline Stations Bus 0
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus 0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus 0
General Merchandise Str Bus 0
Misc Store Retailers Bus 2
Nonstore Retailers Bus 0
   
Transportation/Warehouse Bus 4
Information Bus 1
   
Finance & Insurance Bus 6
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus 1
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus 0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus 5
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus 2
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus 4
Legal Services Bus 0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus 1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus 1
Educational Services Bus 5
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus 16
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus 3
   
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 1
Public Administration Bus 7
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Pierz Higher Education

Educational Attainment (25+)

Educational Level Attained Number
Some High School 84
Graduated High School 359
Associates Degree 150
Bachelor's Degree 75
Graduate Degree 42
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $536,753
College School Books/Supplies $24,738
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $668
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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