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Location of Hermantown, Minnesota

 Hermantown (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 6,737 6,759 6,761 7,448 9,414 +1,966 +26.40
Land Area (sq. mile) 35.50 34.33 34.34 34.33 34.33 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 189.77 196.88 196.88 216.93 274.22 +57.29 +26.41
Housing Units 1,735 2,164 2,270 2,822 3,544 +722 +25.58
Households -- 2,057 2,192 2,726 3,355 +629 +23.07
Persons Per Household -- 3.06 2.77 2.67 2.81 +0.14 +5.24


Hermantown is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota. A suburb of Duluth, Minnesota, it has been the only city in the county to report population growth as much of the area's residential and commercial expansion occurs there. Hermantown is located near the tip of Lake Superior.

The eastern part of Hermantown has an appearance typical of a lower-density bedroom community, with large, leafy lots and occasional subdivisions. The car-oriented "Miller Hill area", or Miller Trunk Corridor of Duluth, has sprawled well past the city boundary line into this part of Hermantown. The western part of Hermantown is dominated by a more rural landscape, reminiscent of the past agricultural focus of the city. Hermantown's motto is "The City of Quality Living

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.37 square miles (89.02 km2); 34.35 square miles (88.97 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,362 feet (415 m).

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As of the census of 2010, there were 9,414 people, 3,355 households, and 2,351 families residing in the city. The population density was 274.1 inhabitants per square mile (105.8/km2). There were 3,544 housing units at an average density of 103.2 per square mile (39.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 2.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 3,355 households of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 40.1 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.0% male and 46.0% female.

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The first inhabitants of the area were Native Americans. They lived in the area often referred to in early Duluth references as "the land up over the hill."

In 1867, August Kohlts and his friend, Lambert "Pat" Acker, filed for homesteads in Section 18, Township 50 North, Range 15 West. Both families had emigrated from Prussia. Acker arrived about age five with his parents and siblings around 1835 and settled in Erie County, New York. He married Emelie Louisa Wilke on January 12, 1850. Kohlts and his wife, Emilie, immigrated in the spring of 1860. The Kohlts and Ackers resided in the town of Tonawanda on the Niagara River for some years with many other Germans who settled in the area. Citizenship was granted to Kohlts on March 20, 1868. Soon afterward, the Kohlts and Acker families set out from Buffalo, New York, heading west via the Great Lakes for the Hancock, Michigan area of the Keweenaw Peninsula and its copper mines.

Perhaps lured by the availability of free land under the Homestead Act, the Kohlts family left for Minnesota. The federal census of June 1, 1870 records their presence in the Second Ward of the newly formed city of Duluth, Minnesota, while the Acker family arrived in Duluth in 1871. By January 1872 August Kohlts had established an 82-acre site in the wilderness outside Duluth. He and Acker were the first settlers in the area now known as Hermantown.

In the years that followed, Kohlts and Acker alternated between working in the young town of Duluth and clearing land at their rural homesteads on what is now Five Corners Road in Hermantown. They traveled between Duluth and their homesteads on a Native American trail that would later become Piedmont Avenue and the Hermantown Road.

Hermantown's population would get a boost from a new wave of homesteaders just before World War II. During the hard times of the Great Depression, the federal government built nearly a hundred "subsistence homestead" projects designed to move people trapped in poverty in the cities, to new homes in rural or suburban locations. One of the two Minnesota projects was assigned to Hermantown.

The Jackson Project was completed in 1937. It is one of Hermantown's more interesting features, and is the proliferation of "Jackson Homes" on certain roadways. These single-family dwellings were built during the Great Depression as subsistence homesteads. Many today retain their original brick appearance, albeit with additions. Each of the 84 homesteads had a brick veneer farmhouse; half also had a garage-barn combination. Each had five or 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land, and the family also received a pig, a cow, and 35 chickens. The idea was that the family would be able to raise its own food and use the profits from selling any surplus to work off its debt to the government. The units were sold to homesteaders on very liberal terms: the average price for the home and property was $2,687.40 plus interest.

The Jackson Project was one of the later projects built, which was a benefit because the quality of housing improved. Plumbing and electricity were now required in all homes. The homesteaders gave a whole new profile to what was then Herman Township. Now with 84 homes and families concentrated in one part of the community, the Project marked the start of a transition from rural to suburban for Hermantown.

Hermantown was incorporated as a city on December 31, 1975.

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HERMANTOWN, a city in sections 9, 10, 15, and 16 of Herman Township, was incorporated as a city on December 13, 1975.

HERMAN Township (T. 50N, R. 15W) was named by German settlers in honor of the early German hero, who was born in the year 17 B.C. and died in A.D. 21, renowned for his defeating the Roman troops in Germany. The township was absorbed by the city of Hermantown.

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City of Hermantown
5105 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-3600
Fax: (218) 729-3620

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm

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Government Services Building, Hermantown Minnesota
Title Terms Ends Name   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Wayne Boucher
4263 LaVaque Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Email (218) 729-3675
(218) 590-9932
City Administrator appointed John Mulder
5105 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55810
Email (218) 729-3600
City Clerk  appointed Debbie Lund
5105 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55810 
Email (218) 729-3600
Council Member 12/31/2022

Natalie Peterson
4029 Stebner Road
Hermantown, MN 55810

(218) 729-3682
Council Member 12/31/2022 Gloria Nelson
3932 Old Midway Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Email (218) 391-7333
Council Member 12/31/2024 Grant Hauschild
4918 Whitetail Drive
Hermantown, MN 55811
  (701) 388-3174
Council Member 12/31/2024

John Geissler

5141 Country Road

Hermantown, MN 55810

(218) 729-3681
(218) 393-1475

Post Office:

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Lake County Power (800) 421-9959
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Hermantown Municipal (218) 729-3600
Water Hermantown Municipal (218) 729-3600
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 603-6000
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Hermantown Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 250
Menards Building Material & Supplies Dealers 154
Walmart Department Stores 150
Sam's Club Department Stores 142
Natural Resources Research Institute Scientific Research & Development Services 140
Curtis Oil & Propane Automotive Repair & Maintenance 120
Kolar Chevrolet Buick GMC Automobile Dealers 70
Arrowhead Concrete Works Inc Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing 25
Duluth Dodge Automobile Dealers 20

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Hermantown Community Schools
Independent School District #700

4307 Ugstad Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-9313
Fax: (218) 729-9315

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Faith Baptist Church
5693 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-9470

Pastor:  Brian Wiita
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

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Faith Baptist Church, Hermantown Minnesota
Gethsemane Covenant Church
4779 Ugstad Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-6534

Pastor:   Mike Hardesty
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

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Grace Lutheran Church
5454 Miller Trunk Highway
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-9054

Pastor:  Phil Berge
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

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Grace Lutheran Church, Hermantown Minnesota
Hermantown Community Church
4880 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-8797
Fax: (218) 729-6610

Pastor:  Thor Sorenson
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

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Peace in Christ Lutheran Church - LCMS
5007 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-9473

Pastor:  Rev. Timothy J. Ludwig
Sunday Worship:  8:00 am and 10:45 am

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Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, Hermantown Minnesota
St. Raphael Catholic Church
5779 Seville Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-7537

Pastor:   Father James Bissonette
Sunday Mass:  10:30 am

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St. Raphael Church, Hermantown Minnesota
Salem Lutheran Church - ELCA
4715 Hermantown Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 727-1357

Pastor:   Rollie Bockbrader
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

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Salem Lutheran Church, Hermantown Minnesota
Trinity Episcopal Church
4903 Maple Grove Road
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 729-7957

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

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