2012 Lakes Area Fact Book
The 2012 Lakes Area Fact Book provides a demographic and statistical overview of the Alexandria/Douglas County, MN area. Data within this publication is gathered from a wide variety of sources and is compiled to provide a detailed community profile. An electronic copy of the publication can be downloaded by clicking here, or on the graphic below. Hard copies of the publication can be requested from the AAEDC.
Population Estimates By Area:
Unlike many Greater Minnesota communities, the population of Douglas County continues to grow at a rapid pace, and is projected to continue growing into the future. Most significantly, the Douglas County area is projected to maintain and grow it’s “under 45” age group, who are in their prime working years. The presence of a wide variety of stable and growing employers, along with the lakes and natural environment and excellent educational opportunities continue to draw and retain residents of all ages.
**MN State Demographer population estimates for 2007, 2008, and 2009 overestimated local population figures. 2010 US Census Bureau counts have been identified as accurate.
Median Household Incomes:
The median household income level for Douglas County continues to grow at a rapid pace. While it still lags behind the State and US averages, the percentages of increase year over year are significant and the gap is closing.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Website - State & County QuickFacts
Douglas County Labor Force Projections: 2005-2035
The Douglas County labor force is growing in all age groups
unlike other areas of the state, especially those in greater Minnesota. While
there is a significant projected increase in residents age 65 and older during
the coming years, Douglas County is also seeing a general increase of
individuals in their “prime working years,” from ages 25 to 54. The total
Douglas County labor force is projected to increase by 22% to 23,850 workers
from 2005 to 2035.
Douglas County, MN Labor Force Projections by Age
Workforce Commuting Patterns
Local businesses draw approximately 17,236 employees from throughout the region to work within Douglas County. Douglas County residents make up 83.7% of the workforce (14,434 people), while the remaining workers come from surrounding counties (16.3% of workers or 2,802 people).
The average commute time for workers in the Douglas County area is 13.8 minutes (2000 data) - compared to the U.S. average of 25.5 minutes.
Douglas County Average Annual Employment & Weekly Wage by Industry:
The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) regularly publishes employment information for Counties throughout Minnesota. The data is broken into industry segments and the average number of employees and weekly wages are calculated. To access a historical breakdown of employment and weekly wage information for Douglas County, please click on the link below.