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Duluth, with a metropolitan area of around 300K, is the largest American city on the shores of Lake Superior and the biggest Great Lakes port.

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History

The Native American Dakota lived in the Duluth area, and much of Minnesota, for likely thousands of years before another tribal nation, the Ojibwe, and later, Europeans, began exploring the area. The first Europeans were scouting the Great Lakes area as early as the late 1650s. They were economic adventurers looking to track down and secure sources of fur.

In 1678, a landing party, led by the Frenchman Daniel Greysolon sieur Du Luth, canoed across Lake Superior and made shore where one day would be the city that now bears its leader’s name. Duluth would be a sparsely-inhabited fur trading post for the next 160 years. After the fur trade petered out, many residents left, and by 1860 only 70 people called Duluth home.

Mining (copper, gold and iron) and timber processing began to supplant fur as Duluth’s main industries – and with a new railroad stop, the city’s population swelled. In just 30 years, more than 30,000 people moved to Duluth. Steel plants and supporting businesses followed, and Duluth boomed. By 1930, the city’s population broke the 100K barrier – and stayed there for the next four decades.

But again, Duluth would suffer an economic downturn when its ores became scarcer and big steel moved out. This ever-resilient city would rise again, though. Duluth has returned thanks to a modern, technical, skill-based and diverse economy.

Parks and Recreation

Duluth is a major city with countless urban and cultural pursuits – but it’s also rich in natural space and outdoor possibility. There are museums, cultural centers and galleries dedicated to the arts, maritime history, Native American tradition, railroads and more. Duluth has hundreds of eateries, restaurants and retail stores in its 70-square-mile expanse.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Heritage Sports Center, Duluth Depot and local theaters host hockey games, concerts, ballet, stage performances of every kind, arts shows, film festivals, corporate gatherings and historical presentations.
Duluth is home to the largest freshwater aquarium in the country. There’s a zoo, five state parks, dozens of local parks, two public golf courses, two private golf clubs, several public ice rinks, beaches, a Nature Center, hundreds of miles of trails, a campground and a 30-mile scenic drive along Duluth’s bluff.

Lake Superior, of course, looms large in Duluth life. Water skiing, swimming, fishing, beach volleyball, sunbathing, cruises and every kind of boating (canoe, row, motor, sail) are just a few examples of the activity this Great Lake affords residents.
Superior Municipal Forest, and its 4,400 acres of untouched natural preserve, is just 20 minutes southwest.

Duluth is proud to celebrate over 50 annual events – music and food festivals, brew fests, marathons and triathlons, dog sledding, parades, ski races, and boat, home, air, car and light shows amongst others – that course through all four seasons.

Schools

Duluth is served by its own school district, ISD 709, which is comprised of nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and six alternative/technical institutions. There are also four charter schools and nine private or parochial learning academies.

Seven colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the University of Wisconsin, populate Duluth’s metropolitan area.

Major Employers

Duluth’s biggest single employers are in health care, education and government.
The St. Mary’s Clinic, ISD 709, county and city governments, University of Minnesota-Duluth and St. Luke’s Hospital have the largest hiring rolls, in that order. But Duluth’s biggest industries – national and international trade, shipping, manufacturing, tourism, recreation, food processing, milling, oil refining and banking – employ the most people as a whole.

Constituent Populace

After peaking with a population of over 107K in the 1960s, Duluth has settled to its perfect size of around 85,000 residents – where it has remained for the past three decades. It’s a youthful city, too, with a median age of 33.6 and a median household income of over $35,000.

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