Deer River, Minnesota

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Deer River is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 903 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 2 and Minnesota State Highways 6 and 46 are three of the main routes in the community.

Deer River is home to the world's largest Wild Rice Festival. Possibly its greatest attribute is its proximity to several beautiful lakes, including Deer Lake, Bowstring Lake, Leech Lake, and Lake Winnibigoshish.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 903 people, 389 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 850.9 people per square mile (328.9/km²). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 391.1/sq mi (151.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.05% White, 12.07% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 3.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population. 21.6% were of German, 14.8% Norwegian, 11.7% Finnish and 7.1% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 389 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,900, and the median income for a family was $32,273. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $15,156 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,078. About 10.3% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.

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