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Overview
Population:933
Pop. Change:-1%
State: Minnesota
Metro Area: Grand Forks Metro Area
County: Polk County
City: Mentor
Zip Code:Mentor (zip 56736)
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Mentor's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
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Grand Forks Metro Area

Profile: Small town/College town

Location: Extreme eastern North Dakota along Red River, 60 miles south of Canadian border

Elevation: Central Standard Time

Time zone: 840

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Small-town atmosphereCold winters
Cool summersIsolation
Cost of livingFuture job growth

Grand Forks is located along the U.S. 2 east-west highway corridor at the Minnesota border. It is the home of the University of North Dakota, the state’s oldest and largest institute of higher learning. The downtown area is typically Midwestern with small shops and an assortment of mostly brick commercial buildings. Primary industries are related to the university or agriculture—the Red River Valley location contains some of the most fertile land in the world—and the Grand Forks Air Force Base adds to the economy. There are some new high tech and research organizations mainly connected with the university. Employment is steady but not projected to grow rapidly. A devastating flood in 1997 and the gradual economic and population decline of the region as a whole hurt the economy, and prior to the flood, outward migration to suburbs primarily south and west were also taking a toll on downtown. But subsequent rebuilding did bring some life back into the city. A just-completed massive new dike system eliminated some older more vulnerable neighborhoods and provided plenty of new waterfront open space, and some repurposed older buildings and new high rises are bringing in new commercial and residential activity. There are a few college-town amenities lying mostly west of town near the campus, but the closest big city is across the border in Winnipeg. Because of its northern Great Plains location and lack of moderating land features, Grand Forks has 55 days below zero—the nation’s second highest number. Aside from that, the absence of strong negatives brings a relatively healthy ranking.

Grand Forks and its sister city East Grand Forks, Minnesota, straddle the northward-flowing Red River, which divides North Dakota and Minnesota. The Red River Valley is flat and shallow and subject to frequent spring flooding. The Red River Valley is windswept year-round, with frequent arctic outbreaks common in the winter months. Snow covers the ground from mid-December through late March, yet winters are highly variable. November through February is cloudy 75% of the time. Average winter snowfall is 40 inches. Summer months are typically warm—but not hot—and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Most precipitation occurs in the late spring through mid-summer thunderstorm season. Annual temperature variations are dramatic, with record lows below –40[dg]F and record highs of 110[dg]F. First freeze is late September, last is early May.

Interesting Facts about Mentor (zip 56736), Minnesota

As of 2014, Mentor (zip 56736)'s population is 933 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -1.06 percent.

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The median home cost in Mentor (zip 56736) is $200,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.00 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Mentor (zip 56736)'s cost of living is 8.50% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Mentor (zip 56736) public schools spend $10,588 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.7 students per teacher in Mentor (zip 56736).

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The unemployment rate in Mentor (zip 56736) is 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Mentor (zip 56736) jobs have Increased by 1.15 percent.


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Map Of Mentor

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Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Mentor (zip 56736)'s Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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