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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
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Population

Population2000201020202025
Pierz1,3031,3931,5361,601

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4869598
5-99694104
10-149899105
15-198393100
20-24777483
25-29929477
30-346711195
35-395981116
40-44786884
45-49948373
50-54729287
55-59598697
60-64527591
65-69696376
70-74589369
75-79516084
80-84735256
85+129127107
18+1,0521,1841,222
Median Age434241

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Pierz2020
Total1,536.000
White Alone97.460
Black Alone0.000
American Indian Alone0.260
Asian Alone0.330
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.520
Two or More Races1.430
Hispanic Origin1.560
Diversity Index7.800

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

Pierz2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%1%
Households1%1%
Families1%1%
Median Household Income%2%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households516585648677
Housing Units526605672707
Owner Occupied Units394430
Renter Occupied Units253248
Vacant Units2430

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Pierz20202025
Median Home Value$142,617$147,276
Average Home Value$167,830$173,956
<$50,0001010
$50,000 - $99,9996058
$100,000 - $149,999149156
$150,000 - $199,9997077
$200,000 - $249,9994453
$250,000 - $299,9993849
$300,000 - $399,9991418
$400,000 - $499,99956
$500,000 - $749,99922
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later15
2000-2009106
1990-199976
1980-1989106
1970-1979111
1960-196941
1950-195940
1940-194929
1939 or Before118

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Pierz20202025
Median Household$53,122$57,979
Average Household$66,876$73,891
Per Capita$28,133$31,196

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Pierz2020
<$15,00088
$15,000 - $24,99977
$25,000 - $34,99965
$35,000 - $49,99973
$50,000 - $74,999116
$75,000 - $99,99996
$100,000 - $149,999101
$150,000 - $199,99913
$200,000+18

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+627
In-County Residents431
Out-of-County Residents196
Drive Alone466
Carpooled74
Public Transport0
Work at Home46
Less than 5 minutes118
5-9 minutes78
10-14 minutes36
15-19 minutes36
20-24 minutes75
25-29 minutes17
30-34 minutes58
35-39 minutes30
40-44 minutes13
45-59 minutes60
60-89 minutes33
90+ minutes27
Average Travel Time25

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees999
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities3
Construction48
Manufacturing50
Wholesale Trade11
  
Retail Trade142
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers30
Furn & Home Furnish Str2
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip30
Food & Beverage Stores43
Health/Pers Care Stores10
Gasoline Stations9
Clothing/Accessory Store3
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers15
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse12
Information4
  
Finance & Insurance48
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn32
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other16
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing5
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv11
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises15
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt4
Educational Services227
HealthCare/Social Assist267
Arts/Entertainment/Rec15
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs25
Accommodation1
Food Srv/Drinking Places24
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin34
Auto Repair/Maintenance1
Public Administration Emp73

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Pierz2020
Some High School82
Graduated High School325
Associates Degree162
Bachelor's Degree124
Graduate Degree44

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses98
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus5
Manufacturing Bus4
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus19
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus2
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus1
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus4
Food & Beverage Stores Bus3
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus2
Gasoline Stations Bus2
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus1
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus2
Nonstore Retailers Bus2
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus2
Information Bus1
  
Finance & Insurance Bus7
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus2
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus5
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus3
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus3
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus1
Educational Services Bus5
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus16
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus4
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus4
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus3
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus10
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus1
Public Administration Bus6

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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