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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
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Population

Population2000201020202025
Motley627671782826

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4535051
5-9455154
10-14354657
15-19443246
20-24483529
25-29395337
30-34345153
35-39344153
40-44253144
45-49413335
50-54525135
55-59357052
60-64415871
65-69294659
70-74354745
75-79264343
80-84292235
85+262525
18+513618634
Median Age414544

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Motley2020
Total782.000
White Alone95.520
Black Alone0.130
American Indian Alone0.260
Asian Alone0.000
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race1.660
Two or More Races2.430
Hispanic Origin4.480
Diversity Index16.800

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

Motley2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population2%1%
Households1%1%
Families2%1%
Median Household Income%1%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households272305355374
Housing Units288338395419
Owner Occupied Units227246
Renter Occupied Units128129
Vacant Units4045

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Motley20202025
Median Home Value$131,081$137,338
Average Home Value$163,938$174,796
<$50,0002221
$50,000 - $99,9994544
$100,000 - $149,9997477
$150,000 - $199,9992730
$200,000 - $249,9991619
$250,000 - $299,9991824
$300,000 - $399,9991519
$400,000 - $499,99933
$500,000 - $749,99957
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later1
2000-200944
1990-199948
1980-198996
1970-197983
1960-196914
1950-195961
1940-19499
1939 or Before33

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Motley20202025
Median Household$37,787$40,514
Average Household$54,453$59,603
Per Capita$23,957$26,295

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Motley2020
<$15,00048
$15,000 - $24,99962
$25,000 - $34,99953
$35,000 - $49,99957
$50,000 - $74,99972
$75,000 - $99,99922
$100,000 - $149,99927
$150,000 - $199,9993
$200,000+10

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+304
In-County Residents157
Out-of-County Residents147
Drive Alone259
Carpooled20
Public Transport0
Work at Home5
Less than 5 minutes56
5-9 minutes74
10-14 minutes57
15-19 minutes17
20-24 minutes14
25-29 minutes8
30-34 minutes43
35-39 minutes4
40-44 minutes5
45-59 minutes18
60-89 minutes1
90+ minutes2
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees795
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction3
Manufacturing13
Wholesale Trade422
  
Retail Trade112
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers2
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip4
Food & Beverage Stores32
Health/Pers Care Stores2
Gasoline Stations63
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str7
Misc Store Retailers2
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse15
Information0
  
Finance & Insurance10
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn7
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other3
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing4
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv0
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt0
Educational Services20
HealthCare/Social Assist60
Arts/Entertainment/Rec3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs69
Accommodation6
Food Srv/Drinking Places63
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin25
Auto Repair/Maintenance6
Public Administration Emp39

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Motley2020
Some High School29
Graduated High School179
Associates Degree44
Bachelor's Degree74
Graduate Degree20

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses61
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus1
Manufacturing Bus2
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus17
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus1
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus1
Food & Beverage Stores Bus6
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus1
Gasoline Stations Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus1
Misc Store Retailers Bus2
Nonstore Retailers Bus1
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus2
Information Bus0
  
Finance & Insurance Bus3
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus2
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus1
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus3
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus0
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus1
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus6
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus1
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus7
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus6
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus10
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus3
Public Administration Bus5

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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