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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

Pierz

Population

Total Population

1,524

Population
Growth Rate

0.98%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

7.500

Housing & Income

Households

641

Total Housing Units

660


Owner Occupied

405

Renter Occupied

236

Vacant

19

Median Home Value

$140,288


Average Home Value

$162,131

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.99%


Per Capita Income

2.90%

Income Projection

Median Household

$50,659 $57,068


Average Household

$63,217 $73,114


Per Capita

$26,557 $30,638

Workforce

Total Businesses

102

Total Employed

1,026

Workers 16+

601

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

1

Employed

3

Construction

Businesses

5

Employed

48

Manufacturing

Businesses

5

Employed

55

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

3

Employed

11

Some
High School

70

Graduated
High School

329

Associates
Degree

175

Bachelor's
Degree

134

Graduate
Degree

38

Average Commute Time

26 min.



Resident Commuters

420

Non-Resident Commuters

176

Drive Alone

472

Carpooled

63

Public

0

Work At Home

33