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Photo by Dennis O'Hara (Northern Images)

Text on this page was adapted from in December, 2002

City of Duluth Facts

 • Originally settled by Sioux (Dakota) and Chippewa (Ojibwa).
 • Claimed for France in 1679 by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut.
 • Once home to more millionaires (per capita) than any other city in the world.

Physical Data
 • Population: 86,000; within 30-mile radius, population is 184,134.
 • Located at the westernmost tip of Lake Superior, halfway between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Canadian border.
 • Terrain: City is built into a steep, rocky cliffside
 • 2,342 freshwater miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth via the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway.
 • Area: 43,067 acres.
 • Altitude: Ranges from 605 feet (at Lake Superior’s shoreline) to 1,485 feet above sea level.

 • Industries include tourism, healthcare, financial/banking, mining, paper, communications, education and shipping.
 • City's harbor welcomes over 1,000 ocean-going and Great Lakes freighters annually.
Seaway Port Authority of Duluth provides foreign trade zone and economic development services.
 • Interlake cargoes of iron, grain, coal and stone combine to make this the top volume port on the Great Lakes with a total of $250 million in annual economic impact.
 • Home to the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lake Superior Community College, Fond du Lac Community College and across the bay, the University of Wisconsin-Superior.