Big Lake, Minnesota

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Big Lake, Minnesota

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Comparative Profile of Big Lake, Minnesota

Comparing Big Lake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 5 4
Racial Diversity 2 6
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Age of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 10
Portion of People Married 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
Median Family Income 7 8
College Educated Adults 3 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 4
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 4
Affordability of Rents 6 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4
People Living Alone 2 2

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Big Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NW of Maple Grove, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Sherburne
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 55309
Phone Area Codes 763
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.332
Longitude -93.745

Big Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 21 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
Station SANTIAGO 3 E
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Station DELANO
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 27.2 inches
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Big Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,063 100%
Male 3,053 50.4%
Female 3,010 49.6%
Under 18 1,970 32.5%
18+ 4,093 67.5%
65+ 339 5.6%
Median Age 28.6
Average Family Size 3.23
White 5,863 96.7%
African-American 8 0.1%
Asian 26 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 30 0.5%
Other 54 0.9%
Mixed Race 81 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 109 1.8%

Estimated Big Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,804
Growth 2,741
Growth % 45.2%

Big Lake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 38.6%
Norwegian 15.2%
Irish 7.5%
Swedish 7.5%
Polish 5.9%
US/American 4.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Italian 2.8%
English 2.6%
French Canadian 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Czech 1.5%
Scandinavian 1.3%
Dutch 1.1%
Greek 0.9%
Scottish 0.6%
Danish 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Estonian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Big Lake 6,063 $54,038
Albertville 3,621 $63,578
Becker 2,673 $51,940
Elk River 16,447 $65,471
Hanover 1,355 $79,809
Monticello 7,868 $53,566
Otsego 6,389 $59,319
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Big Lake High Schools (2004)

Serves 761 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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