Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth, Minnesota
City
Downtown Duluth and shorelines in 2012
Downtown Duluth and shorelines in 2012
Flag of Duluth, Minnesota
Flag
Nickname(s): Twin Ports (with Superior), Zenith City
Location of the city of Duluth within 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
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountySaint Louis
Incorporated1857
Government
 • MayorEmily Larson (DFL)
Area
 • City87.43 sq mi (226.44 km2)
 • Land67.79 sq mi (175.58 km2)
 • Water19.64 sq mi (50.87 km2)  22.46%
Elevation702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City86,265
 • Estimate (2016)[2]86,293
 • RankUS: 382nd MN: 4th
 • Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
 • Urban120,378 (US: 260th)
 • Metro279,227 (US: 171st)
 • DemonymDuluthian
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes55801, 55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55810, 55811, 55812
Area code218
FIPS code27-17000
GNIS feature ID0661145[3]
Websiteduluthmn.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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