Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth, Minnesota
Downtown Duluth and shorelines in 2012
Downtown Duluth and shorelines in 2012
Flag of Duluth, Minnesota
Nickname(s): Twin Ports (with Superior), Zenith City
Location of the city of Duluthwithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Duluth
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota is located in the US
Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 46°47′13″N 92°05′53″W / 46.786939°N 92.098194°W / 46.786939; -92.098194
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
Incorporated 1857
 • Mayor Emily Larson (DFL)
 • City 87.43 sq mi (226.44 km2)
 • Land 67.79 sq mi (175.58 km2)
 • Water 19.64 sq mi (50.87 km2)  22.46%
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City 86,265
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 86,293
 • Rank US: 382nd MN: 4th
 • Density 990/sq mi (380/km2)
 • Urban 120,378 (US: 260th)
 • Metro 279,227 (US: 171st)
 • Demonym Duluthian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55801, 55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55810, 55811, 55812
Area code 218
FIPS code 27-17000
GNIS feature ID 0661145[3]
Website duluthmn.gov

Duluth is a city in northeast Minnesota next to Lake Superior and next to Superior, Wisconsin. It is the westernmost U.S. city on the Great Lakes. The harbor at Duluth is accessible to ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles (3,700 km) away via the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Duluth is the county seat of Saint Louis County. It is the fourth largest city in Minnesota. At the 2010 census, Duluth had 86,265 people.[4] Duluth is the second largest city on Lake Superior after Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has the largest metropolitan area on Lake Superior. The Duluth MSA had 279,771 people in 2010.

Bob Dylan was born in Duluth.

Duluth forms a metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin called the "Twin Ports". These two cities share the Duluth–Superior harbor and together are the Great Lakes' largest port transporting coal, iron ore (taconite), and grain.

As a tourist destination for the Midwest, Duluth has America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium. Duluth is known for the Aerial Lift Bridge, which spans the Duluth Ship Canal into the Duluth-Superior Harbor. People also visit Minnesota Point (known as Park Point locally), one of the world's longest freshwater sand spits, that is 6 miles (9.7 km) long.[5] People come to the city to start vehicle trips along Minnesota's famous North Shore.[6] Each year, 16,000 people come to Duluth to run the "Grandma's Marathon".[7] The 610' long William A Irvin is a museum ship that used to be the flagship of the United States Steel ore carrier fleet.

The city is named for Daniel Greysolon, Le Sieur du Luth, the first known European explorer of the area.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  4. "American FactFinder Population Estimates: Duluth city, St. Louis County". U.S. Census Bureau. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  5. "Scientific and Natural Areas: Minnesota Point Pine Forest: Minnesota DNR". Dnr.minnesota.gov. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. Larry Copeland (2003-07-10). "Little Chattanooga prepares to take on Atlanta in Fish War". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  7. "Grandma Marathon - About Us". Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  8. "Catholic Encyclopedia: Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut". Retrieved November 18, 2011. 

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