|Motto: You Have a Place in Proctor|
Location of the city of Proctor
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
|• Total||3.00 sq mi (7.77 km2)|
|• Land||3.00 sq mi (7.77 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,250 ft (381 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,054|
|• Density||1,019.0/sq mi (393.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0662232|
The city was established as Proctorknott in 1894, with the name coming from J. Proctor Knott, former Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887). He became famous for delivering the speech The Untold Delights of Duluth to the U.S. House of Representatives. The name of the city was shortened to Proctor in 1904.
Proctor's welcome sign on U.S. Highway 2 states "You Have a Place in Proctor".
U.S. Highway 2 and County Road 14 (Boundary Avenue) are two of the main routes in Proctor. Interstate Highway 35 is in close proximity to the city. Other main routes in Proctor include 2nd Street, 2nd Avenue (Lavaque Road), and 5th Street.
Proctor is located beside the Bayview Heights neighborhood of Duluth, with which it forms something of a contiguous community unit due to Bayview Heights' topographical separation (the hill) from adjacent West Duluth. It is bounded by school rival Hermantown to the north, Midway Township to the west, Duluth's Bayview Heights neighborhood to the east, and a mostly undeveloped area of Duluth (officially in the Riverside neighborhood) to the south.
Kingsbury Creek flows through the central portion of Proctor. Knowlton Creek flows through the southeast part of Proctor.
Arts and culture
Proctor is the home of the South Saint Louis County Fairgrounds, located on Boundary Avenue.
The South Saint Louis County Fair takes place annually the second week of August. Some of the events at the Fair include karaoke contests, a teen dance, car show, petting zoo, pony rides, bull riding, carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, horse shows, lumberjack show, and stock car racing.
Auto Racing at the Proctor Speedway also takes place at this same location on Sundays from May to October.
The Proctor Hoghead Festival also takes places every August. Hoghead celebrates Proctor's railroad heritage - the world's largest inland iron ore sorting facilities. Railroad oriented events include hand car races, spike driving contests, golden spike treasure hunt, parade, fireworks, mile run (prizes for beating state record), food & craft vendors, games, car show, rib cook-off, street dance, pet parade, softball & golf tourneys, Ecumenical church service, kids games, and community picnic.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,057 people, 1,268 households, and 795 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,019.0 inhabitants per square mile (393.4/km2). There were 1,361 housing units at an average density of 453.7 per square mile (175.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.
There were 1,268 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.90.
The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,852 people, 1,196 households, and 772 families residing in the city. The population density was 942.8 people per square mile (363.4/km²). There were 1,246 housing units at an average density of 411.9 per square mile (158.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.49% White, 0.14% African American, 1.16% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population. 19.8% were of German, 17.9% Norwegian, 10.3% Swedish, 7.3% French, 7.0% Finnish, 6.2% Polish, 6.0% Irish and 5.4% Italian ancestry.
There were 1,196 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,322, and the median income for a family was $49,875. Males had a median income of $33,583 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,851. About 3.2% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Proctor's public school district is ISD 704 (Proctor Public Schools). The district encompasses the city of Proctor, the Bayview Heights neighborhood of Duluth, and Canosia, Grand Lake, Midway, and Solway townships. ISD 704 operates three elementary schools (Bayview Heights, Caribou Lake, and Pike Lake), Jedlicka Middle School, and Proctor High School.
Proctor High School's first graduating class was 1912. The first graduates were Mayme Nelson, Belle Simkin, Leona Paulu-Salutatorian, Margaret Bomier-Valedictorian and Vernie Clark.
- U.S. Highway 2
- U.S. Highway 2 in Minnesota
- Interstate 35
- Interstate 35 in Minnesota
- Saint Louis County Road 14 – Boundary Avenue
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- City of Proctor, MN – Official site
- Proctor Schools site
- Proctor Journal newspaper site
- Proctor Hockey's website
- Proctor Area Chamber of Commerce website
- VisitProctorMN.com – Official Proctor, MN Travel Guide site