County Government

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

Pierz

Population

Total Population

1,524

Population
Growth Rate

0.80%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

7.900

Housing & Income

Households

647

Total Housing Units

671


Owner Occupied

399

Renter Occupied

248

Vacant

24

Median Home Value

$151,623


Average Home Value

$181,642

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.90%


Per Capita Income

2.14%

Income Projection

Median Household

$54,459 $59,366


Average Household

$73,213 $81,086


Per Capita

$30,988 $34,455

Workforce

Total Businesses

103

Total Employed

949

Workers 16+

703

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

17

Employed

233

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

227

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

21

Employed

149

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

58

2021 Food & Beverage Stores

N

Businesses

5

Employed

57

2021 Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

51

Some
High School

76

Graduated
High School

351

Associates
Degree

136

Bachelor's
Degree

139

Graduate
Degree

42

Average Commute Time

23 min.



Resident Commuters

473

Non-Resident Commuters

230

Drive Alone

505

Carpooled

142

Public

0

Work At Home

22