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City of Duluth

Nickname(s): The Emerald City,
City on the Hill,
Zenith City,
Twin Ports (with Superior)
Location in Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota is located in USA
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 46°47′12.98″N 92°5′53.5″W / 46.7869389°N 92.098194°W / 46.7869389; -92.098194Coordinates: 46°47′12.98″N 92°5′53.5″W / 46.7869389°N 92.098194°W / 46.7869389; -92.098194
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
Incorporated 1857
 • Mayor Don Ness
 • City 87.3 sq mi (226.2 km2)
 • Land 68 sq mi (176.10 km2)
 • Water 19.3 sq mi (50.01 km2)  22.11%
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 86,265
 • Density 1,278.2/sq mi (493.6/km2)
 • Urban 115,224
 • Metro 276,368
 • Demonym Duluthian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55801, 55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55810, 55811, 55812
Area code 218
FIPS code 27-17000[1]
GNIS feature ID 0661145[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] People come to the city to start vehicle trips along Minnesota's famous North Shore.[5] Each year, 16,000 people come to Duluth to run the "Grandma's Marathon".[6] 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.[7]


  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "American FactFinder Population Estimates: Duluth city, St. Louis County". U.S. Census Bureau. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  4. "Scientific and Natural Areas: Minnesota Point Pine Forest: Minnesota DNR". Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  5. Larry Copeland (2003-07-10). "Little Chattanooga prepares to take on Atlanta in Fish War". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  6. "Grandma Marathon - About Us". Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  7. "Catholic Encyclopedia: Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut". Retrieved November 18, 2011.

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