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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

Population2000201020182023
Motley627671763809

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Age

Population201020182023
0-4535050
5-9454654
10-14353953
15-19443341
20-24483930
25-29395041
30-34344651
35-39343548
40-44253139
45-49413834
50-54525642
55-59356658
60-64415369
65-69294955
70-74354847
75-79263643
80-84292229
85+262625
18+513607626
Median Age414745

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Race

Motley2018
Total763.000
White Alone95.280
Black Alone0.130
American Indian Alone0.260
Asian Alone0.000
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race1.700
Two or More Races2.620
Hispanic Origin4.590
Diversity Index17.200

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Growth Rate

Motley2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population2%1%
Households2%1%
Families3%1%
Median Household Income%2%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020182023
Households272305346366
Housing Units288338390418
Owner Occupied Units232258
Renter Occupied Units113108
Vacant Units4452

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Home Value

Motley20182023
Median Home Value$160,662$168,151
Average Home Value$195,996$208,658
<$50,0003839
$50,000 - $99,9993131
$100,000 - $149,9993232
$150,000 - $199,9996873
$200,000 - $249,9991416
$250,000 - $299,9991521
$300,000 - $399,999913
$400,000 - $499,9991420
$500,000 - $749,99957
$1,000,000 +55

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later2
2000-200965
1990-199939
1980-198975
1970-197962
1960-196913
1950-195943
1940-19493
1939 or Before51

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Income
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Income

Motley20182023
Median Household$41,971$45,781
Average Household$54,225$61,104
Per Capita$23,895$26,866

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Household Income Base

Motley2018
<$15,00049
$15,000 - $24,99946
$25,000 - $34,99949
$35,000 - $49,99953
$50,000 - $74,99982
$75,000 - $99,99932
$100,000 - $149,99926
$150,000 - $199,9992
$200,000+7

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+315
In-County Residents174
Out-of-County Residents139
Drive Alone243
Carpooled35
Public Transport2
Work at Home5
Less than 5 minutes54
5-9 minutes86
10-14 minutes48
15-19 minutes13
20-24 minutes19
25-29 minutes11
30-34 minutes23
35-39 minutes28
40-44 minutes0
45-59 minutes23
60-89 minutes5
90+ minutes0
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees985
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction0
Manufacturing13
Wholesale Trade407
  
Retail Trade128
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers2
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip4
Food & Beverage Stores62
Health/Pers Care Stores2
Gasoline Stations50
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str7
Misc Store Retailers1
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 Srv15
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt0
Educational Services186
HealthCare/Social Assist60
Arts/Entertainment/Rec3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs69
Accommodation6
Food Srv/Drinking Places63
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin34
Auto Repair/Maintenance6
Public Administration Emp41

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Educational Attainment (25+)

Motley2018
Some High School32
Graduated High School188
Associates Degree43
Bachelor's Degree77
Graduate Degree12

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses64
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus0
Manufacturing Bus2
Wholesale Trade Bus2
  
Retail Trade Bus16
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus1
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus1
Food & Beverage Stores Bus7
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus1
Gasoline Stations Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus1
Misc Store Retailers Bus1
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
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 Bus2
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus1
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus4
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus6
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus1
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus7
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus6
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus12
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus3
Public Administration Bus6

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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The Gateway to the Northern Minnesota Vacationland

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Morrison County, the gateway to the Northern Minnesota vacationland, is located 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Little more than a 90 minute drive via the four lane highway system. The area offers an abundance of wildlife, lakes, streams, snowmobiling and cross country ski trails. Beautiful parks and trails create endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.