Our Communities

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

Pierz

Population

Total Population

1,536

Population
Growth Rate

0.96%

Median Age

42

Diversity Index

7.800

Housing & Income

Households

648

Total Housing Units

672


Owner Occupied

394

Renter Occupied

253

Vacant

24

Median Home Value

$142,617


Average Home Value

$167,830

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.00%


Per Capita Income

2.09%

Income Projection

Median Household

$53,122 $57,979


Average Household

$66,876 $73,891


Per Capita

$28,133 $31,196

Workforce

Total Businesses

98

Total Employed

999

Workers 16+

627

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

16

Employed

267

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

5

Employed

227

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

19

Employed

142

2020 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

6

Employed

73

2020 Manufacturing Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

4

Employed

50

2020 Finance/Insurance Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

7

Employed

48

Some
High School

82

Graduated
High School

325

Associates
Degree

162

Bachelor's
Degree

124

Graduate
Degree

44

Average Commute Time

25 min.



Resident Commuters

431

Non-Resident Commuters

196

Drive Alone

466

Carpooled

74

Public

0

Work At Home

46