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Population in 2012: 117 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +6.4%
 

Males: 61  (52.4%)
Females: 56  (47.6%)

Median resident age:  30.5 years
Minnesota median age:  42.9 years

Zip code: 56626

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,431 (it was $11,563 in 2000)
Bena:

$32,431
MN:

$58,906
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $13,994

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $29,840 (it was $30,600 in 2000)
Bena:

$29,840
MN:

$178,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $66,523; Detached houses: $66,523

Median gross rent in 2012: $917.

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  • American Indian alone - 80 (69.0%)
  • White alone - 22 (19.0%)
  • Two or more races - 13 (11.2%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.9%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bena: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (11.0%), Norwegian (9.8%), French Canadian (3.5%), French (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1310 feet

Land area: 0.50 square miles.

Population density: 232 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Bena:

  • High school or higher: 87.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 1.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 15.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 54.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bena city:

  • Never married: 33.8%
  • Now married: 46.8%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 14.4%
  • Divorced: 3.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.8%
Minnesota:  7.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $650 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $318 (1.2%)

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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 July 2013:
Here:

7.2%
Minnesota:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -38 (-25.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (53%)
  • Manufacturing (21%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Educational services (37%)
  • Other services, except public administration (32%)
  • Retail trade (26%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)


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Tornado activity:

Bena-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 50% 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.

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: 3, Storms: 3, Winds: 2, Floods: 2, Tornado: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bena:

  • Bemidji State University (about 33 miles; Bemidji, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,658)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 69 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Lake Superior College (about 105 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 106 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,184)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (about 107 miles; Thief River Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,038)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 107 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 9,823)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 109 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,160)

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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
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AQI  PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2009 was 16.1. This is significantly better than average.
City:

16.1
U.S.:

34.8
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2009 was 4.91. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.
City:

4.91
U.S.:

10.63

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bena and their reported violations in the past:

NODAK LODGE (Address: 15080 Nodak Drive NE , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-04-2001), St Public Notif requested (SEP-04-2001), St Tech Assistance Visit (SEP-04-2001), St Compliance Meeting conducted (SEP-04-2001), St Boil Water Order (SEP-04-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-04-2001), St Compliance achieved (SEP-26-2001)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bena that have no violations reported:

  • MC ARDLES RESORT (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NEW LEECH LAKE RESORT CAMPGROUND (Population served: 140, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • R-IOWANA BEACH RESORT (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SUNSET BEACH RESORT (Population served: 45, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 26.2%
(16.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.7% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Bena, MN

Bena compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above 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 rooms per house 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.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (64%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30%)
  • Wood (6%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 38.81%
Here38.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Church of ChristEpiscopal Church
Adherents38.9%29.2%5.9%5.6%4.8%
Congregations25.9%14.8%9.3%5.6%3.7%
NameChristian and Missionary AllianceAssemblies of GodChurch of the NazareneUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents4.7%2.7%2.3%1.8%4.2%
Congregations11.1%7.4%1.9%3.7%16.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Cass County:

4.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

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

13.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Cass County:

7.8%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Cass County:

27.9%
State:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.7%
State:

13.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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$316
Streets and Highways 1$940$11,2800$0
Water Supply 0$0 1$26
Totals for Government 1$940$11,2802$342

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $12,000 ($102.56)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($59.83)
    Central Staff Services: $4,000 ($34.19)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($34.19)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($25.64)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($17.09)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($17.09)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $2,000 ($17.09)
    Regular Highways: $2,000 ($17.09)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($8.55)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $16,000 ($136.75)

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

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $7,000 ($59.83)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $21,000 ($179.49)
  • Tax - Property: $7,000 ($59.83)
    NEC: $2,000 ($17.09)

8.25% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($46,381 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.25%
Minnesota average:

7.79%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Crow Wing County, MN  1.92% ($39,462 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.87% ($80,809)
from Beltrami County, MN  0.45% ($22,755)


8.29% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,145 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.29%
Minnesota average:

7.84%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Crow Wing County, MN  2.11% ($33,629 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.64% ($40,800)
to Beltrami County, MN  0.64% ($32,145)

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 drivers: 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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