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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 Trident Seafoods Company. 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

Population2000201020222027
Motley586627670654

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Age

Population201020222027
0-4444139
5-9394343
10-14303844
15-19332535
20-24372721
25-29394327
30-34324441
35-39263444
40-44272634
45-49462626
50-54594025
55-59455740
60-64355157
65-69354048
70-74364337
75-79234136
80-84192233
85+192827
18+494532509
Median Age464845

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Race

Motley2022
Total670.000
White Alone92.090
Black Alone0.150
American Indian Alone1.940
Asian Alone0.450
Pacific Islander Alone0.150
Some Other Race0.300
Two or More Races4.930
Hispanic Origin4.030
Diversity Index21.500

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Growth Rate

Motley2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%0%
Families0%0%
Median Household Income%3%
Per Capita Income%4%

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020222027
Households252283308303
Housing Units279328338338
Owner Occupied Units201207
Renter Occupied Units10796
Vacant Units3035

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Home Value

Motley20222027
Median Home Value$183,929$207,692
Average Home Value$232,625$251,456
<$50,0001211
$50,000 - $99,9992825
$100,000 - $149,9994137
$150,000 - $199,9992826
$200,000 - $249,9992326
$250,000 - $299,9992022
$300,000 - $399,9992126
$400,000 - $499,9991113
$500,000 - $749,9991317
$1,000,000 +11

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later15
2000-200927
1990-199941
1980-1989125
1970-197974
1960-196911
1950-195943
1940-194920
1939 or Before20

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Income
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Income

Motley20222027
Median Household$46,740$54,439
Average Household$64,885$76,399
Per Capita$29,096$34,638

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Household Income Base

Motley2022
<$15,00028
$15,000 - $24,99937
$25,000 - $34,99946
$35,000 - $49,99951
$50,000 - $74,99974
$75,000 - $99,99921
$100,000 - $149,99935
$150,000 - $199,9998
$200,000+7

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+277
In-County Residents107
Out-of-County Residents170
Drive Alone221
Carpooled23
Public Transport0
Work at Home4
Less than 5 minutes36
5-9 minutes60
10-14 minutes31
15-19 minutes15
20-24 minutes53
25-29 minutes15
30-34 minutes40
35-39 minutes2
40-44 minutes6
45-59 minutes11
60-89 minutes2
90+ minutes2
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees920
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction3
Manufacturing13
Wholesale Trade422
  
Retail Trade254
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers3
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip8
Food & Beverage Stores178
Health/Pers Care Stores2
Gasoline Stations52
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str9
Misc Store Retailers2
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse15
Information0
  
Finance & Insurance14
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn11
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 Services0
HealthCare/Social Assist67
Arts/Entertainment/Rec3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs62
Accommodation6
Food Srv/Drinking Places56
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin24
Auto Repair/Maintenance6
Public Administration Emp39

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Educational Attainment (25+)

Motley2022
Some High School30
Graduated High School171
Associates Degree47
Bachelor's Degree53
Graduate Degree19

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses66
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus1
Manufacturing Bus2
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus21
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus1
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus2
Food & Beverage Stores Bus7
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus1
Gasoline Stations Bus3
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus2
Misc Store Retailers Bus2
Nonstore Retailers Bus3
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus2
Information Bus0
  
Finance & Insurance Bus4
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus3
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus1
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus3
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus1
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus0
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus7
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus1
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus6
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus5
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus10
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus3
Public Administration Bus5

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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