Bena, Minnesota

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Population in 2013: 118 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +7.3%
 
Males: 55  (47.3%)
Females: 63  (52.7%)
Median resident age:  31.8 years
Minnesota median age:  37.7 years

Zip code: 56626

Estimated median household income in 2013: $26,630 (it was $11,563 in 2000)
Bena:

$26,630
MN:

$60,702

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $9,520 (it was $7,619 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $25,687 (it was $30,600 in 2000)
Bena:

$25,687
MN:

$180,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $228,150; Detached houses: $245,549; Townhouses or other attached units: $243,384; In 2-unit structures: $113,204; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $164,147; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $188,337; Mobile homes: $70,001; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $72,482

Median gross rent in 2013: $438.

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  • Races in Bena, MN (2010)

    Bena races chart
    • 8069.0%American Indian alone
    • 2219.0%White alone
    • 1311.2%Two or more races
    • 10.9%Hispanic
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bena: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (10.0%), French Canadian (3.1%), Swedish (3.1%), Norwegian (2.3%), Polish (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1310 feet

Land area: 0.50 square miles.

Population density: 234 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Bena:

  • High school or higher: 82.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 11.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 54.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bena city:

  • Never married: 51.7%
  • Now married: 30.9%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 14.0%
  • Divorced: 2.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $642 (2.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $329 (1.7%)

Bena satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (105.9 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (170.4 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (497.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Federal Dam, MN (2.6 miles) , Boy River, MN (3.6 miles) , Ball Club, MN (3.6 miles ), Inger, MN (4.2 miles ), Cass Lake, MN (4.3 miles ), Zemple, MN (4.4 miles) , Deer River, MN (4.4 miles ), Squaw Lake, MN (4.5 miles) .

Latitude: 47.34 N, Longitude: 94.21 W

Area code: 218

Bena household income distribution Bena home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.4%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -38 (-25.7%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (44%)
  • Retail trade (33%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Other services, except public administration (44%)
  • Educational services (28%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (17%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (44%)
  • Sales and related occupations (22%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (17%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (39%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (28%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (17%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)

Average climate in Bena, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bena-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 66% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/6/1969, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 38.8 miles away from the Bena city center killed 12 people and injured 70 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/11/1966, a category F4 tornado 49.8 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bena-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 144.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 152.1 miles away from Bena center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 165.8 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 331.1 miles away from the city center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 166.3 miles away from Bena center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 320.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cass County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bena topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bena:

  • Bemidji State University (about 33 miles; Bemidji, MN; Full-time enrollment: 4,316)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 69 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • Lake Superior College (about 105 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 106 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (about 106 miles; Thief River Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,717)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 107 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 10,612)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 109 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,302)

Public high school in Bena:

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Notable location: Bena City Hall (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Bena: Bena Alliance Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cass County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2011 was 18.4. This is significantly better than average.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 5.11. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.11
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 37.4%
(62.0% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.7 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  55.8%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  14.0%
Whole state:  6.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Bena compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.6
Minnesota average:

10.7

Bena travel time to work - commute Bena mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (71%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (24%)
  • Wood (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bena city (based on Cass County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,80719
Evangelical Protestant3,01726
Catholic2,8208
Other13-
None17,910-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Cass County:

4.19 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Cass County:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Cass County:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 40
Here:

13.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.8%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Cass County:

27.9%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.7%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,078
Streets and Highways 2$2,092$12,5520$0
Water Supply 0$0 1$89
Totals for Government 2$2,092$12,5522$1,167

Bena government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $12,000 ($101.69)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($59.32)
    Central Staff Services: $4,000 ($33.90)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($33.90)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($25.42)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($16.95)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($16.95)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $2,000 ($16.95)
    Regular Highways: $2,000 ($16.95)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($8.47)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $16,000 ($135.59)

Bena government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $7,000 ($59.32)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $21,000 ($177.97)
  • Tax - Property: $7,000 ($59.32)
    NEC: $2,000 ($16.95)

6.06% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,370 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.06%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Crow Wing County, MN  1.34% ($40,193 average AGI)
from Beltrami County, MN  0.44% ($21,429)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.41% ($43,565)


6.77% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,318 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.77%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Crow Wing County, MN  1.44% ($24,178 average AGI)
to Beltrami County, MN  0.54% ($22,328)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.45% ($55,196)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bena:

  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WNMT (650 AM; 10 kW; NASHWAUK, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, L.L.C.)
  • KKBJ (1360 AM; 5 kW; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: R.P. BROADCASTING)
  • KOZY (1320 AM; 5 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: ITASCA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WDSM (710 AM; 10 kW; SUPERIOR, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWJC (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; DULUTH, MN; Owner: WWJC, INC.)
  • KAKK (1570 AM; 1 kW; WALKER, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bena:

  • KCRB-FM (88.5 FM; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KNBJ (91.3 FM; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KBLB (93.3 FM; NISSWA, MN; Owner: BL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQKK (101.9 FM; WALKER, MN; Owner: CAROL J. DELAHUNT)
  • KLLZ-FM (99.1 FM; WALKER, MN; Owner: BG BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKZY (95.5 FM; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: BG BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KBHP (101.1 FM; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: PAUL BUNYAN BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around Bena:

  • KAWE (Channel 9; BEMIDJI, MN; Owner: NORTHERN MINNESOTA PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCCW-TV (Channel 12; WALKER, MN; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • K61BH (Channel 61; DEER RIVER, MN; Owner: KBJR LICENSE, INC.)
  • K59BQ (Channel 59; DEER RIVER, MN; Owner: CHELSEY BROADCASTING COMPANY OF DULUTH, LLC)
  • K65DT (Channel 65; WALKER, MN; Owner: LEECH LAKE TV CORPORATION)
  • K67BZ (Channel 67; WALKER, MN; Owner: LEECH LAKE TV CORP.)
  • K69CP (Channel 69; WALKER, MN; Owner: LEECH LAKE TV CORP.)
  • K49CU (Channel 49; WALKER, MN; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)

Bena fatal accident list:

Feb 9, 2005 10:30 AM, Us-2, 8, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jan 28, 2000 05:46 PM, Us-2, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Sep 4, 1993 00:30 AM, 2, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 6, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bena)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 15353 Silver Eagle Dr (Lat: 47.358056 Lon: -94.284444), Call Sign: WQET645
    Assigned Frequencies: 462.250 MHz, 461.375 MHz, 462.300 MHz, 462.375 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/11/2006, Expiration Date: 04/11/2016, Certifier: Carol Aenne
    Registrant: Roger\'s Two Way Radio, 102 Lincoln Avenue Se, Bemidji, MN 56601, Phone: (218) 751-3077, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • Bena, 802 County Road 8 (Lat: 47.334333 Lon: -94.212139), Type: Tower, Structure height: 152.4 m, Call Sign: WQNQ270
    Assigned Frequencies: 6545.62 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/15/2011, Expiration Date: 04/15/2021, Certifier: Thomas E Walsh
    Registrant: Minnesota Dept Of Transportation, 395 John Ireland Blvd Ms730, St Paul, MN 55155, Phone: (651) 234-7973, Fax: (651) 234-7960, Email:
  • BENA, .5 Mi S Of (Lat: 47.333556 Lon: -94.209944), Overall height: 128 m, Call Sign: WLC250
    Assigned Frequencies: 6226.89 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, 6404.79 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 6063.60 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/25/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Cancellation Date: 10/19/2011, Certifier: David A Christman
    Registrant: Bryan Cave LLP, 700 13th Street Nw, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: (202) 508-6041, Fax: (202) 508-6200, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 1.28 Km S Of Us-2 & 0.8 South Of (Lat: 47.344111 Lon: -94.216611), Overall height: 128.3 m, Call Sign: KNKK647
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/17/1998, Expiration Date: 07/01/2008, Cancellation Date: 01/22/2008, Certifier: Elizabeth L Kohler
    Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Chtd., 1650 Tysons Blvd., Suite 1500, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8661, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KC0MB
    Grant Date: 09/25/1996, Expiration Date: 09/25/2006, Cancellation Date: 09/26/2008
    Registrant: George J Wosika, Star Route Box 154, Bena, MN 56626

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