Amery has the advantage of nearby high-income medical,
law, and educational job opportunities while Deer Park is probably the most
disadvantaged. This might have an effect on Deer Park females who have median
earnings of $20,000 annually, below the national median of $27,194. But Deer
Park males median earnings are $40,208, well above the national median of
$37,057. Town of Cylon females do better at $24,750, males do worse at
$32,105. The per capita income for the nation is $21,587, Deer Park is at
National median family income is $50,046.
Travel Time To Work
U.S. Census figures show mean travel time to work from Deer Park at 27.5 minutes, Cylon Township 27 minutes, 25.6 for New Richmond, 24.8 for Amery and 31 minutes for Star Prairie residents.
The national mean travel time is 25.5 minutes.
The housing market in Deer Park is not overheated by any
measure. But prices do offer opportunities not available elsewhere.
Deer Park and the Town of Cylon have the highest number of houses built before 1939 at 43.3 and 39 percent, Amery 23.5%, New Richmond 19%, Clear Lake 27.5%, Star Prairie is at 23.1%.
The national median home value is $119,600.
Deer Park excels and Amery falls short in
education. High School education has always been critical because most
employers have high school or an equivalent education as a minimum
Amery ironically is populated by many people who have the expertise to correct such situations. And most Deer Park residents have used the Amery school system to complete high school.
The national high school graduate or higher average is 80.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Amery hosts a sizable school system, and it is a regional medical, law and real estate center requiring well educated people. Amery comes in at the top at 17.9 percent of the individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher, New Richmond at 17.5, Town of Cylon at 17.2, Star Prairie at 12.9 and Deer Park at 6.4 percent.
The national figure is 24.4%.
Main Street of Deer Park these days is deathly quiet
with most retail business done outside the area. But there still is a sizable
percent that are self-employed, some in occupations that never existed
The Town of Cylon is the rural farming area surrounding Deer Park which probably accounts for the higher percentage of self employed.
The national self employment figure is 6.6%.
The Deer Park Garage was one of the first major Main Street changes and was replaced by J&M Printing. You can't buy gasoline but you can get top quality printing done. And there are more employees at J&M Printing than at the garage in the past. Artist's in the Park is now a well established business located in the Deer Park School building. These are two business places that have replaced traditional firms that have vanished.
A scene of Deer Park's Main Street on a
quiet, rainy, August Saturday afternoon. Only Deer's Bar is open for business
and the print shop and bank are closed for the day. Several decades ago this
view would show the bar, a machine shop, a grocery store, locker plant,
barber shop and garage, all open for business.
The poverty level in Amery and the lower high school
graduate level certainly make their mark in this category.
Star Prairie residents are schooled in the New Richmond system but have lower poverty levels than New Richmond residents. The same condition applies to Deer Park with students schooled in New Richmond or Amery.
The national poverty figure is 12.4%
The United States is a virtual melting pot of
nationalities but Deer Park and the surrounding areas are not. Ancestry is
mainly of German, Scandinavian and Irish descent.
Nationally 15.2 percent claim German, 1.6 percent Norwegian, and 10.6 claim Irish in their background. Deer Park figures are 47.5, 30.8 and 11.4, similar to other nearby localities in NW Wisconsin.
The entire Deer Park area also compares favorably to Saint Croix County as a whole and it even compares well to some upscale Minneapolis suburbs. St. Louis Park for example, has a household income of $49,260, and a family income of $63,182. A St. Louis Park male will earn $40,561, nearly identical to someone from Deer Park. And the poverty level there is slightly higher while real estate and housing is considerably more expensive.
Neighboring Town of Stanton, just to the west, show nearly identical results. And Stanton residents are closer yet to metro area jobs.
Bringing industry into a community does not necessarily mean prosperity. After a municipality gives a corporation a building for a minimal price, the corporation will typically pay minimum wage rates, therefore continuing the depressed wage scales. This is occurring in Clear Lake and Amery in addition to other out-state areas throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
|U.S. Census Figures|
|10919325||Deer Park village||237||227||(10)||-4.22%|
|10922400||Eau Galle town||756||882||126||16.67%|
|10924275||Erin Prairie town||647||658||11||1.70%|
|10929625||Glenwood City city||1,026||1,183||157||15.30%|
|10957100||New Richmond city||5,106||6,310||1,204||23.58%|
|10958050||North Hudson village||3,101||3,463||362||11.67%|
|10963425||Pleasant Valley town||384||430||46||11.98%|
|10968275||River Falls city (part)||1,769||2,318||549||31.03%|
|10970200||Rush River town||419||498||79||18.85%|
|10970825||St. Joseph town||2,657||3,436||779||29.32%|
|10976300||Spring Valley village (part)||0||2||2||0.00%|
|10976850||Star Prairie town||2,098||2,944||846||40.32%|
|10976825||Star Prairie village||507||574||67||13.21%|
|ST. CROIX||COUNTY TOTAL||50,251||63,155||12,904||25.68%|