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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

Population2000201020212026
Motley627671788829

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Age

Population201020212026
0-4534850
5-9455154
10-14354656
15-19443146
20-24483428
25-29395237
30-34345352
35-39344155
40-44253145
45-49413235
50-54524934
55-59356952
60-64416072
65-69294760
70-74355047
75-79264545
80-84292336
85+262625
18+513624641
Median Age414644

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Race

Motley2021
Total788.000
White Alone95.300
Black Alone0.130
American Indian Alone0.250
Asian Alone0.000
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race1.780
Two or More Races2.540
Hispanic Origin4.820
Diversity Index17.500

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Growth Rate

Motley2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%1%
Households1%1%
Families2%1%
Median Household Income%3%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020212026
Households272305360379
Housing Units288338401424
Owner Occupied Units233259
Renter Occupied Units127120
Vacant Units4145

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Home Value

Motley20212026
Median Home Value$155,303$191,667
Average Home Value$201,395$234,012
<$50,0001814
$50,000 - $99,9993831
$100,000 - $149,9995754
$150,000 - $199,9993336
$200,000 - $249,9992329
$250,000 - $299,9992331
$300,000 - $399,9992030
$400,000 - $499,999813
$500,000 - $749,9991117
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later18
2000-200937
1990-199945
1980-198972
1970-197977
1960-196913
1950-195957
1940-194915
1939 or Before36

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Income
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Income

Motley20212026
Median Household$41,940$47,726
Average Household$56,648$63,456
Per Capita$25,083$28,268

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Household Income Base

Motley2021
<$15,00038
$15,000 - $24,99949
$25,000 - $34,99959
$35,000 - $49,99961
$50,000 - $74,99984
$75,000 - $99,99922
$100,000 - $149,99932
$150,000 - $199,9997
$200,000+7

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+322
In-County Residents144
Out-of-County Residents178
Drive Alone276
Carpooled23
Public Transport0
Work at Home4
Less than 5 minutes52
5-9 minutes73
10-14 minutes60
15-19 minutes17
20-24 minutes16
25-29 minutes26
30-34 minutes43
35-39 minutes4
40-44 minutes5
45-59 minutes18
60-89 minutes2
90+ minutes2
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees925
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction3
Manufacturing13
Wholesale Trade422
  
Retail Trade266
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers0
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip8
Food & Beverage Stores178
Health/Pers Care Stores2
Gasoline Stations63
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str13
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 Assist60
Arts/Entertainment/Rec3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs62
Accommodation6
Food Srv/Drinking Places56
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin24
Auto Repair/Maintenance6
Public Administration Emp39

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Educational Attainment (25+)

Motley2021
Some High School38
Graduated High School194
Associates Degree50
Bachelor's Degree61
Graduate Degree20

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses65
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus1
Manufacturing Bus2
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus22
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus0
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 Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus3
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 Bus0
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus0
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus6
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, 2021-10-13

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