The small city of Mora, Minn., is located about 70 miles north of Minneapolis and 95 miles southwest of Duluth. With a population of less than 4,000, Mora is perfect for those seeking a true small-town setting. Mora is both affordable and rural, and is surrounded by miles of Minnesota countryside, rivers, streams and lakes. Those searching for Mora apartments for rent will be pleased to note that the median rent in the city is just $718, according to City-Data. People from all walks of life have begun to discover the region, and the city's population increased by almost 12 percent between 2000 and 2010. Come discover Mora, and make your home in the heart of The Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Because Mora is situated far from Minnesota's largest cities, it is relatively isolated in nature. This comes as welcome news for those seeking country homes in the heart of this beautiful state. However, new residents should note that they will have to travel in order to find some of the modern conveniences of larger cities. Mora is situated about 52 miles from St. Cloud, which is the largest city in the region.
Because Mora is the seat of Kanabec County, it is the major employment center for the surrounding area. According to City-Data, the city's population increases by 67 percent on workdays due to commuting. According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, some of the top employers in the town are Kanabec Hospital, Mora Public Schools, Engineered Polymers Corporation, Coborn's Inc., Villa Health Care Center, Minter Group International and Kanabec County government.
The Mora area is home to many residents of Swedish descent. As a representation of the region's proud heritage, Mora is home to two distinctly Scandinavian artifacts: The Mora Klocka and the city's Dala Horse. The Mora Klocka is a 20-foot tall clock in the downtown area that offers charm and a distinct Swedish design. The clock also serves as a tribute to the town's sister city of Mora, Sweden. The 3,000 pound Dala Horse is a replica of a similar figure in Mora, Sweden.
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