Chart of the Day: Duluth Population over Time

Here’s a chart from Perfect Duluth Day, my favorite website about the Zenith City, showing the population from 1860 to the most recent census:

duluth population chart


Even more than the Twin Cities, Duluth was a real boom town. It’s crazy to imagine what living there must have been like when the population was growing exponentially. The population peaked in the 1960 census, but over the last decade or so, it has stopped declining. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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6 Responses to Chart of the Day: Duluth Population over Time

  1. Julian November 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    But. The truncated y-axis! Nooooo!

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke November 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      is it really?

      • David Levinson
        David Levinson November 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

        Well, more to the point, the pseudo-3D line which makes it harder to read (do I match the front or the back).

  2. Sam Newberg
    Sam Newberg November 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    It’s a little crazy that Duluth still has a lower population than it did in 1920. It hasn’t “grown” in 100 years!

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke November 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      The other thing is that Duluth didn’t “suburbanize” as much as other places. Hermantown, I guess, but its population is only 10K or so.


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