Pennington County, MN

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Population

14,197

0.29% growth

Poverty Rate

10.3%


Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$53,893

5.35% growth

Number of Employees

7,502

1.03% decline

Median Property Value

$133,300

8.11% growth

About

In 2017, Pennington County, MN had a population of 14.2k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $53,893. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pennington County, MN grew from 14,156 to 14,197, a 0.29% increase and its median household income grew from $51,156 to $53,893, a 5.35% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pennington County, MN are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), White (Hispanic) (2.85%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.67%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.46%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.3%). N/A% of the people in Pennington County, MN speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pennington County, MN are Northland Community and Technical College (1,164 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Pennington County, MN is $133,300, and the homeownership rate is 73.6%. Most people in Pennington County, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Pennington County, MN is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Pennington County, MN employs 7.5k people. The largest industries in Pennington County, MN are Manufacturing (1,343 people), Retail Trade (1,134 people), and Wholesale Trade (1,094 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,182), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,388), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,510).

Median household income in Pennington County, MN is $53,893. Males in Pennington County, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Pennington County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,893

2017 value

± $3,312

5.35%

1 Year Growth

± 7.83%

Households in Pennington County, MN have a median annual income of $53,893, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,156 in 2016, which represents a 5.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Minnesota made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Minnesota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pennington County, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 903

  2. Census Tract 901

  3. Census Tract 902

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pennington County, MN was Census Tract 903 with a value of $79,625, followed by Census Tract 901 and Census Tract 902, with respective values of $63,819 and $48,042.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pennington County, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pennington County, MN (1.44k out of 13.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 75+ and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,374 ± 211

  2. Hispanic

    51 ± 73

  3. Two Or More

    32 ± 70

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pennington County, MN is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.5k

2017 Value

± 416

-1.03%

1 Year decline

± 7.94%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pennington County, MN declined at a rate of -1.03%, from 7.58k employees to 7.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pennington County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,248 people), Sales & Related Occupations (872 people), and Production Occupations (752 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pennington County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pennington County, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,248 people), Sales & Related Occupations (872 people), and Production Occupations (752 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pennington County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.23 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.18 times), and Production Occupations (1.73 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pennington County, MN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,045), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,583), and Management Occupations ($61,130).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.5k

2017 Value

± 416

-1.03%

1 Year decline

± 7.94%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pennington County, MN declined at a rate of -1.03%, from 7.58k employees to 7.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pennington County, MN, are Manufacturing (1,343 people), Retail Trade (1,134 people), and Wholesale Trade (1,094 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pennington County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Pennington County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Pennington County, MN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,343 people), Retail Trade (1,134 people), and Wholesale Trade (1,094 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pennington County, MN has an unusually high number of Wholesale Trade (5.43 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.21 times), and Manufacturing (1.77 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pennington County, MN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,182), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,388), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,510).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.4B

  2. $22.8B

  3. $22.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $27.4B, followed by Nonmetal min. prods. ($22.8B) and Cereal grains ($22.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Minnesota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$351B

2020 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

37.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Minnesota trade was $351B. This is expected to increase 37.9% to $484B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Minnesota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $29.1B

  2. $26.2B

  3. $14.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $29.1B, followed by Iowa with $26.2B and Illinois and $14.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Minnesota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.5% of the population of Pennington County, MN has health coverage, with 55.3% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 0.915% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Pennington County, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, MN see 1422 patients per year on average, which represents a 19.1% decrease from the previous year (1757 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1779 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 647 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,422 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pennington County, MN see an average of 1,422 patients per year. This represents a 19.1% decrease from the previous year (1,757 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pennington County, MN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.52%

Uninsured

55.3%

Employer Coverage

14.9%

Medicaid

13%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

0.915%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pennington County, MN declined by 21.7% from 4.5% to 3.52%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pennington County, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

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Diversity

Pennington County, MN is home to a population of 14.2k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.09% of Pennington County, MN residents were born outside of the country (297 people).

In 2017, there were 32 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.9k people) in Pennington County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 404 White (Hispanic) and 237 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

27

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pennington County, MN was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 27. But people in Pennington County, MN are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Pennington County, MN residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.09%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

297 people

1.72%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

244 people

As of 2017, 2.09% of Pennington County, MN residents (297 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pennington County, MN was 1.72%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Pennington County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pennington County, MN was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pennington County, MN

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    12.9k ± 10

  2. White (Hispanic)

    404 ± 49

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)

    237 ± 48

In 2017, there were 32 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.9k people) in Pennington County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 404 White (Hispanic) and 237 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Pennington County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    427 ± 114

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    152 ± 70

  3. Korea

    119 ± 46

Pennington County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Pennington County, MN awarded 1,164 degrees. The student population of Pennington County, MN is skewed towards women, with 1,423 male students and 1,993 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pennington County, MN are White (988 and 85.8%), followed by Two or More Races (40 and 3.47%), Hispanic or Latino (38 and 3.3%), and Black or African American (35 and 3.04%).

The largest universities in Pennington County, MN by number of degrees awarded are Northland Community and Technical College (1,164 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Pennington County, MN are Farm & Ranch Management (207 and 17.8%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (171 and 14.7%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (162 and 13.9%).

The median tuition costs in Pennington County, MN are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 162 degrees awarded

  2. 86 degrees awarded

  3. 80 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Pennington County, MN was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 162 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Pennington County, MN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,164 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Pennington County, MN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northland Community and Technical College with 1,164 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

566

Degrees Awarded to Men

598

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 566 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pennington County, MN, which is 0.946 times less than the 598 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    988 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    40 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    38 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pennington County, MN were to White students. These 988 degrees mean that there were 24.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 40 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pennington County, MN was $133,300 in 2017, which is 0.58 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,300 to $133,300, a 8.11% increase. The homeownership rate in Pennington County, MN is 73.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pennington County, MN have an average commute time of 13.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pennington County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$133,300

2017 Median

± $9,801

$123,300

2016 Median

± $7,374

In 2017, the median property value in Pennington County, MN grew to to $133,300 from the previous year's value of $123,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pennington County, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pennington County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$53,893

Median Household Income

± $3,312

5.88k

Number of Households

± 383

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.88k households in Pennington County, MN grew to $53,893 from the previous year's value of $51,156.

The following chart displays the households in Pennington County, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Pennington County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pennington County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.6%

2017 Homeownership

73.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.6% of the housing units in Pennington County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pennington County, MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

13.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pennington County, MN have a shorter commute time (13.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in Pennington County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.84%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.68%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pennington County, MN was Drove Alone (79.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.84%) and those who Worked At Home (4.68%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pennington County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pennington County, MN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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