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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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The location of Detroit Lakes

Welcome to Detroit Lakes ...

The city of Detroit Lakes is located in Becker County and is the County Seat for Becker County.

The location of Detroit Lakes has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

The pronunciation of Detroit Lakes: DE-troyt<2>

A typical abbreviation for Detroit Lakes: Detroit Lks.

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Detroit Lakes has a population of 9,289 people<3> (see below for details).

Detroit Lakes is 1,330 feet [405 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Detroit Lakes lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Detroit Lakes is within the (218) area code.

The ZIP codes for Detroit Lakes: 56501-56502<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Detroit Lakes had a population of 8,569 people (or 26.36% of the total population of Becker County). This makes Detroit Lakes the county's most populous community.

The population of Detroit Lakes represents 0.16% of the population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 105th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,569 people, the population of Detroit Lakes increased 16.62% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,348 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Detroit Lakes had an population of 9,289 people. This is an increase of 8.4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 26.42% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Detroit Lakes.

Websites for Detroit Lakes ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Detroit Lakes. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Detroit Lakes. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Detroit Lakes. Our list includes 7 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Detroit Lakes:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Detroit Lakes ...

Looking for more information about Detroit Lakes? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Detroit Lakes, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Detroit Lakes.

Communities near Detroit Lakes ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Perham   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the Southeast (SE) of Detroit Lakes

Located in Otter Tail County

Pelican Rapids   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Detroit Lakes

Located in Otter Tail County

Frazee   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Detroit Lakes

Lake Park   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Detroit Lakes

Audubon   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Detroit Lakes

Vergas   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) of Detroit Lakes

Located in Otter Tail County

Callaway   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) of Detroit Lakes

Dent   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Detroit Lakes

Located in Otter Tail County

Rochert   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Detroit Lakes

Richwood   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) of Detroit Lakes

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Detroit Lakes.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Minnesota

About Becker County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Detroit Lakes:

The official website for Becker County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Detroit Lakes. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Detroit Lakes.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Detroit Lakes - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Detroit Lakes). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Detroit Lakes or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Detroit Lakes includes: 56501 & 56502.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Detroit Lakes) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Detroit Lakes. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Detroit Lakes

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Detroit Lakes. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8031, Longitude: -95.8414     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Detroit Lakes have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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