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"Gateway To Lake Vermilion"
Location of the city of Cookwithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Cook
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
 • Total 2.61 sq mi (6.75 km2)
 • Land 2.61 sq mi (6.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,306 ft (398 m)
 • Total 574
 • Estimate 
 • Density 215.57/sq mi (83.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-13006
GNIS feature ID 0661042
Website City of Cook

Cook is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 515 at the 2010 census.

U.S. Highway 53 and State Highway 1 (MN 1) are the two main routes through the city. Cook serves as the gateway to the western half of Lake Vermilion.


The city of Cook was known initially as Little Fork, because of the river of the same name that runs through the city, later being known as Ashawa, which stands for "by the river or across the river"; however its name was changed to its current name on August 1, 1908; at the request of the U.S. Postal Service "because confusion with a village in southern Minnesota named Oshawa". The town was named in honor of Wirth Cook, an owner of the railroad that was constructed through Cook in 1903 and 1904. Cook was incorporated on May 13, 1926.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 272
1940 470 72.8%
1950 482 2.6%
1960 527 9.3%
1970 687 30.4%
1980 800 16.4%
1990 680 −15.0%
2000 622 −8.5%
2010 574 −7.7%
2019 (est.) 562 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2019 census

As of the census of 2019, there were 515 people, 268 households, and 134 families living in the city. The population density was 226.9 inhabitants per square mile (87.6/km2). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 120.9 per square mile (46.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.2% African American, 4.9% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 268 households, of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 43.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 47 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.


North Woods School serves the Cook area. The mascot is the Grizzly.



U.S. Highway 53 and State Highway 1 (MN 1) are two of the main routes in Cook.

Notable people

  • Doug Johnson, Minnesota state legislator and high school counselor
  • Rachel Latuff. educator
  • Noel Wien, aviator

See also

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