Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Alexandria Area Demographics

The strengths of the area set the region apart as one of the leading micropolitans in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

The Douglas County Economic Development Profile provides demographics and a statistical overview of the Alexandria/Douglas County, MN area. Data within this publication is gathered from a wide variety of local and national sources to provide a detailed community profile.

Area Population

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 its “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, natural environment and excellent education opportunities continue to draw and retain residents of all ages.

Median Household Incomes

The median household income level for Douglas County continues to grow. While the gap is lessening each year behind the State of MN ($74,593), the median household income for Douglas County at $60,676 has slightly surpassed the US ($60,293).

Workforce Commuting Patterns

The Alexandria area workforce is made up of approximately 20,600 individuals who live throughout Douglas County and the surrounding region. Local employers draw workers from throughout the region to the area. These individuals not only work in the Alexandria area, but they often shop and receive services here as well. The impact of these regional customers on the local shopping market has allowed for the Alexandria area to sustain businesses that would not normally be able to survive in a community of its size.

The average commute is 18 minutes - which is lower than the Minnesota average of 24 minutes.

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