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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
Ely is a town in Minnesota with a population of 3,398. Ely is in St. Louis County and is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Living in Ely offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ely there are a lot of bars and restaurants. Many young professionals and retirees live in Ely and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ely are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$99,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$496
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    59.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    179.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    927
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    89.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Ely

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,591
National
$55,322
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Ely Reviews

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Spent a week in Ely 8.17 on guided canoe trip.
Injured my hip on the trip. Had to do laundry at end of trip. No handicapped parking around the laundromat, so I parked facing against the traffic to make it easier to get myself and laundry out of the vehicle.
While in the laundromat, received a parking ticket.
Described the above circumstances, but appeal was denied.
I've now paid the $42 fine, but I'm not happy about it.
I'm trying to convince myself the town of Ely needs the money more than I do...but I won't return. There are other gateways to the boundary waters.
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Ely is a small, simple, and beautiful place to live and go to school in. The forests and lakes give Ely a rustic and wild feel to it while still being easy to access and fun. The people of this town are happy in nature and able to survive in whatever mother nature throws their way.
Good small town for summer outdoor activities. Winters are manageable if you are fully prepared for it. Ely has small businesses that are priced according to tourists wants/demands, so things can be on the expensive side. Not too many options for full time jobs with full benefits. Not much for nightlife - bars and bowling alley. For food chains: there is DQ and Subway. Ely's grocery stores do have some organic food options. One has to drive at least one hour for more shopping needs. There is also a small college in town. The community college, VCC, specialize in outdoor, environmental, and law enforcement themed degrees. I attend VCC and like the small class sizes. All the instructors are very supportive to the students. There are some political conflicts within the community, however, most people here are friendly and there are community support systems. The outdoors makes up for what the town lacks. It would be a great place to have a cabin and/or just visit for the summer.