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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

Population2000201020182023
Pierz1,3031,3931,5531,637

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Age

Population201020182023
0-48697102
5-99697106
10-1498102108
15-198387104
20-24777880
25-299210082
30-346797103
35-395976104
40-44787282
45-49948779
50-54728993
55-59598395
60-64527491
65-69697776
70-74588483
75-79516278
80-84736058
85+129131112
18+1,0521,1941,243
Median Age434342

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Race

Pierz2018
Total1,553.000
White Alone97.430
Black Alone0.000
American Indian Alone0.320
Asian Alone0.320
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.450
Two or More Races1.480
Hispanic Origin1.420
Diversity Index7.600

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Growth Rate

Pierz2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%1%
Households1%1%
Families1%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
Households516585653688
Housing Units526605657697
Owner Occupied Units420471
Renter Occupied Units233217
Vacant Units49

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Home Value

Pierz20182023
Median Home Value$134,359$139,055
Average Home Value$157,917$168,220
<$50,0001617
$50,000 - $99,9996062
$100,000 - $149,999195201
$150,000 - $199,9994145
$200,000 - $249,9995772
$250,000 - $299,9991826
$300,000 - $399,9993146
$400,000 - $499,99900
$500,000 - $749,99923
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later9
2000-2009122
1990-199983
1980-198981
1970-197996
1960-196933
1950-195962
1940-19496
1939 or Before118

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Income
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Income

Pierz20182023
Median Household$37,049$41,590
Average Household$58,129$64,352
Per Capita$24,863$27,543

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Household Income Base

Pierz2018
<$15,000107
$15,000 - $24,999107
$25,000 - $34,999106
$35,000 - $49,99933
$50,000 - $74,999106
$75,000 - $99,999106
$100,000 - $149,99951
$150,000 - $199,99924
$200,000+11

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+548
In-County Residents400
Out-of-County Residents142
Drive Alone425
Carpooled49
Public Transport0
Work at Home35
Less than 5 minutes91
5-9 minutes78
10-14 minutes20
15-19 minutes50
20-24 minutes75
25-29 minutes21
30-34 minutes48
35-39 minutes18
40-44 minutes13
45-59 minutes49
60-89 minutes28
90+ minutes22
Average Travel Time25

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees989
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities3
Construction67
Manufacturing44
Wholesale Trade11
  
Retail Trade148
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers30
Furn & Home Furnish Str22
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip21
Food & Beverage Stores50
Health/Pers Care Stores10
Gasoline Stations0
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers15
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse13
Information4
  
Finance & Insurance51
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn32
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other19
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing2
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv13
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises15
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt4
Educational Services212
HealthCare/Social Assist255
Arts/Entertainment/Rec6
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs34
Accommodation1
Food Srv/Drinking Places33
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin34
Auto Repair/Maintenance1
Public Administration Emp73

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Educational Attainment (25+)

Pierz2018
Some High School95
Graduated High School346
Associates Degree172
Bachelor's Degree110
Graduate Degree33

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses96
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus7
Manufacturing Bus5
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus14
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus2
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus2
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus2
Food & Beverage Stores Bus4
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus2
Gasoline Stations Bus0
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus2
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus3
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 Bus2
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus4
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus1
Educational Services Bus5
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus15
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus6
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus5
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus10
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus1
Public Administration Bus6

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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The Burton-Rosenmeier House

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Little Falls' leading example of Neoclassical architecture, built c. 1900 and owned successively by notable local merchant Barney Burton and attorney/politician Christian Rosenmeier. Now houses the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.