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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

Population2000201020222027
Pierz1,2971,3861,4801,567

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Age

Population201020222027
0-4888994
5-99389100
10-149994100
15-19809098
20-24747182
25-29938976
30-346610991
35-396478115
40-44786787
45-49927976
50-54779084
55-59618195
60-64557386
65-69706476
70-74559366
75-79526590
80-84715460
85+12010790
18+1,0471,1441,199
Median Age424242

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Race

Pierz2022
Total1,480.000
White Alone96.620
Black Alone0.270
American Indian Alone0.470
Asian Alone0.070
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.410
Two or More Races2.160
Hispanic Origin1.620
Diversity Index9.600

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Growth Rate

Pierz2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%1%
Households0%1%
Families0%1%
Median Household Income%3%
Per Capita Income%3%

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020222027
Households516585617655
Housing Units526605674698
Owner Occupied Units445478
Renter Occupied Units172177
Vacant Units5743

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Home Value

Pierz20222027
Median Home Value$166,860$178,529
Average Home Value$198,150$209,696
<$50,0001010
$50,000 - $99,9994545
$100,000 - $149,999139135
$150,000 - $199,9998685
$200,000 - $249,9996678
$250,000 - $299,9994958
$300,000 - $399,9992634
$400,000 - $499,9991215
$500,000 - $749,999911
$1,000,000 +11

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later17
2000-200933
1990-199997
1980-1989107
1970-197972
1960-196956
1950-195929
1940-194941
1939 or Before135

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Income
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Income

Pierz20222027
Median Household$59,923$68,176
Average Household$82,510$93,135
Per Capita$34,155$38,634

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Household Income Base

Pierz2022
<$15,00060
$15,000 - $24,99952
$25,000 - $34,99949
$35,000 - $49,99982
$50,000 - $74,999131
$75,000 - $99,99973
$100,000 - $149,999123
$150,000 - $199,99918
$200,000+29

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+671
In-County Residents418
Out-of-County Residents253
Drive Alone523
Carpooled97
Public Transport0
Work at Home16
Less than 5 minutes110
5-9 minutes85
10-14 minutes78
15-19 minutes16
20-24 minutes88
25-29 minutes9
30-34 minutes59
35-39 minutes23
40-44 minutes26
45-59 minutes96
60-89 minutes35
90+ minutes30
Average Travel Time26

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees968
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities3
Construction43
Manufacturing25
Wholesale Trade11
  
Retail Trade154
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers36
Furn & Home Furnish Str2
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip30
Food & Beverage Stores57
Health/Pers Care Stores10
Gasoline Stations1
Clothing/Accessory Store3
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers15
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse12
Information4
  
Finance & Insurance51
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn32
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other19
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing5
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv15
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises15
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt4
Educational Services227
HealthCare/Social Assist256
Arts/Entertainment/Rec7
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs25
Accommodation1
Food Srv/Drinking Places24
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin36
Auto Repair/Maintenance1
Public Administration Emp70

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Educational Attainment (25+)

Pierz2022
Some High School69
Graduated High School348
Associates Degree146
Bachelor's Degree137
Graduate Degree41

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses105
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus4
Manufacturing Bus3
Wholesale Trade Bus3
  
Retail Trade Bus22
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus4
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 Bus12
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus1
Public Administration Bus7

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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