- Big Lake, Minnesota
official_name = Big Lake, Minnesota
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Big Lake, Minnesota
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 11.3
area_land_km2 = 9.3
area_water_km2 = 2.0
area_total_sq_mi = 4.4
area_land_sq_mi = 3.6
area_water_sq_mi = 0.8
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 6063
population_density_km2 = 651.9
population_density_sq_mi = 1688.4
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 286
elevation_ft = 938
latd = 45 |latm = 20 |lats = 40 |latNS = N
longd = 93 |longm = 45 |longs = 10 |longEW = W
postal_code = 55309
area_code = 763
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 27-05752GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0640098GR|3
website = [http://www.biglakemn.org/ www.biglakemn.org]
Big Lake is a city in Sherburne County,
Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,063 at the 2000 census. U.S. Route 10and Minnesota State Highway 25are two of the main arterial routes in the city.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (18.04%) is water. A portion of the city lies along the Elk River.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,063 people, 2,117 households, and 1,570 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,688.4 people per square mile (652.1/km²). There were 2,206 housing units at an average density of 614.3/sq mi (237.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.70% White, 0.13% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.80% of the population. 38.6% were of German, 15.2% Norwegian, 7.5% Irish, 7.5% Swedish and 5.9% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,117 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 37.3% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $50,658, and the median income for a family was $54,038. Males had a median income of $35,279 versus $26,601 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $18,931. About 3.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
The median house/condo value in 2005 was estimated to be $207,400 (67% increase from 2000) [ [http://www.city-data.com/city/Big-Lake-Minnesota.html Big Lake, Minnesota (MN) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news ] ] .
Located about 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, Big Lake was once a popular location for escapes from the city, its lakes dotted with summer cabins. Now it is considered a suburb of the metro area, with a significant portion of residents commuting into the Cities daily.
The lake for which the town is named was once an important part of the Twin Cities economy, as in the days before modern refrigerators, much of the ice for metropolitan iceboxes was harvested from Big Lake. [ [http://www.city-data.com/city/Big-Lake-Minnesota.html Big Lake, Minnesota (MN) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news ] ] .
Big Lake was designated as the northernmost terminus of the first phase of the
Northstar Corridor commuter railline connecting the northeast suburbs and downtown Minneapolis; the line is set for completion in 2009.Paul Levy, [http://www.startribune.com/local/north/12389261.html Northstar set to roll, but how far?] , "Star Tribune", December 11, 2007.]
Big Lake is known locally for its annual summer festival " [http://www.biglakespudfest.com Spud Fest] ," which celebrates all things potato-related. The festival is also known for its large softball tournament, attracting teams from all over the state.
The local newspaper is the [http://www.westsherburnetribune.com/ West Sherburne Tribune] .
Mitchell Loegring- The best baseball player in University of Wisconsin-Superior history. Mitch is being looked at by many MLB teams, and is known for his crappy madden skills.
* [http://www.biglakemn.org/ Official site]
* [http://www.biglake.k12.mn.us/ Big Lake Public Schools]
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