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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

Population2000201020212026
Pierz1,3031,3931,5241,560

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Age

Population201020212026
0-4869294
5-9969299
10-149897101
15-19839196
20-24777280
25-29929275
30-346711091
35-395981114
40-44786882
45-49947972
50-54728881
55-59598392
60-64527588
65-69696374
70-745810068
75-79516489
80-84735458
85+129127107
18+1,0521,1801,196
Median Age434342

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Race

Pierz2021
Total1,524.000
White Alone97.440
Black Alone0.000
American Indian Alone0.390
Asian Alone0.260
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.520
Two or More Races1.380
Hispanic Origin1.570
Diversity Index7.900

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Growth Rate

Pierz2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%0%
Households1%1%
Families1%0%
Median Household Income%2%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020212026
Households516585647666
Housing Units526605671695
Owner Occupied Units399420
Renter Occupied Units248246
Vacant Units2429

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Home Value

Pierz20212026
Median Home Value$151,623$171,084
Average Home Value$181,642$198,578
<$50,00097
$50,000 - $99,9994435
$100,000 - $149,999144134
$150,000 - $199,9997783
$200,000 - $249,9995061
$250,000 - $299,9994458
$300,000 - $399,9991825
$400,000 - $499,99969
$500,000 - $749,99946
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later17
2000-200970
1990-1999101
1980-1989137
1970-197985
1960-196935
1950-195937
1940-194939
1939 or Before116

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Income
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Income

Pierz20212026
Median Household$54,459$59,366
Average Household$73,213$81,086
Per Capita$30,988$34,455

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Household Income Base

Pierz2021
<$15,00075
$15,000 - $24,99965
$25,000 - $34,99959
$35,000 - $49,99990
$50,000 - $74,999135
$75,000 - $99,99972
$100,000 - $149,999107
$150,000 - $199,99914
$200,000+29

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+703
In-County Residents473
Out-of-County Residents230
Drive Alone505
Carpooled142
Public Transport0
Work at Home22
Less than 5 minutes113
5-9 minutes84
10-14 minutes121
15-19 minutes28
20-24 minutes88
25-29 minutes11
30-34 minutes43
35-39 minutes32
40-44 minutes28
45-59 minutes80
60-89 minutes29
90+ minutes24
Average Travel Time23

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees949
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities3
Construction51
Manufacturing25
Wholesale Trade9
  
Retail Trade149
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers32
Furn & Home Furnish Str2
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip30
Food & Beverage Stores57
Health/Pers Care Stores10
Gasoline Stations1
Clothing/Accessory Store2
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers15
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse12
Information4
  
Finance & Insurance50
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn32
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other18
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing5
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv16
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises14
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt4
Educational Services227
HealthCare/Social Assist233
Arts/Entertainment/Rec23
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs25
Accommodation1
Food Srv/Drinking Places24
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin35
Auto Repair/Maintenance1
Public Administration Emp58

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Educational Attainment (25+)

Pierz2021
Some High School76
Graduated High School351
Associates Degree136
Bachelor's Degree139
Graduate Degree42

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses103
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus5
Manufacturing Bus3
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus21
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus3
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus1
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus4
Food & Beverage Stores Bus5
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus2
Gasoline Stations Bus1
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 Bus8
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus2
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus6
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus3
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus4
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus1
Educational Services Bus5
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus17
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus4
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus4
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus3
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus11
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus1
Public Administration Bus6

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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