Big Falls, Minnesota

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Population in 2013: 232 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -12.1%
 
Males: 107  (46.5%)
Females: 125  (53.5%)
Median resident age:  55.2 years
Minnesota median age:  37.7 years

Zip codes: 56627.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $32,125 (it was $26,458 in 2000)
Big Falls:

$32,125
MN:

$60,702

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,696 (it was $14,528 in 2000)

Big Falls city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $56,167 (it was $29,100 in 2000)
Big Falls:

$56,167
MN:

$180,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $52,968; Detached houses: $58,928; Mobile homes: $29,382

Median gross rent in 2013: $394.

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  • Races in Big Falls, MN (2010)

    Big Falls races chart
    • 22595.3%White alone
    • 41.7%American Indian alone
    • 41.7%Hispanic
    • 31.3%Two or more races

Races in Big Falls detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Big Falls: 86.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (22.7%), Norwegian (20.4%), Swedish (12.4%), United States (7.1%), English (6.7%), Irish (4.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 6940 feet

Land area: 6.04 square miles.

Population density: 38 people per square mile   (very low).

Big Falls,MN real estate house value index trend

Big Falls, Minnesota map

For population 25 years and over in Big Falls:

  • High school or higher: 82.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Falls city:

  • Never married: 19.1%
  • Now married: 58.6%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 11.8%

6 residents are foreign born (1.6% Europe, 1.6% North America).

This city:

3.2%
Minnesota:

7.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $537 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $621 (1.1%)

Big Falls satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (125.5 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (224.5 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (531.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Littlefork, MN (4.3 miles ), Effie, MN (5.0 miles) , Mizpah, MN (5.1 miles) , Northome, MN (5.6 miles ), Bigfork, MN (5.6 miles ), Nett Lake, MN (5.8 miles ), International Falls, MN (5.8 miles ), Kelliher, MN (5.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $100,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 48.19 N, Longitude: 93.81 W

Area code: 218

Big Falls household income distribution Big Falls home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

9.1%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -81 (-23.5%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (39%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (13%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Public administration (22%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (29%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (13%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Community and social service occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (35%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Big Falls: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Big Falls, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Big Falls-area historical earthquake activity is below Minnesota state average. It is 93% 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 203.7 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 209.9 miles away from Big Falls 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 219.9 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 383.9 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 227.8 miles away from Big Falls 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 377.6 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 Koochiching County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Falls topographic map

Airports located in Big Falls:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Falls:

  • Bemidji State University (about 70 miles; Bemidji, MN; Full-time enrollment: 4,316)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (about 109 miles; Thief River Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,717)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 124 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 125 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 10,612)
  • Lake Superior College (about 125 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 129 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 130 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,302)

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Notable locations in Big Falls: Big Falls Campground (A), Big Falls Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Big Falls: River of God Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Big Falls Motel (311 Highway 71 North).

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

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

BIG FALLS (Population served: 236, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between FEB-22-2010 and FEB-21-2020, Contaminant: Arsenic. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-22-2010), St Public Notif requested (MAR-22-2010), St Compliance Meeting conducted (MAR-22-2010), St Public Notif received (APR-19-2010), St Public Notif requested (MAY-24-2010), St Public Notif received (JUN-01-2010), St Public Notif requested (OCT-08-2010), St Public Notif received (OCT-27-2010), St Public Notif requested (DEC-21-2010), St Public Notif received (JAN-03-2011), St BCA signed (FEB-14-2011), St Public Notif requested (FEB-18-2011), St Public Notif received (MAR-04-2011), St Public Notif requested (JUN-08-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-15-2011), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-17-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2012 and SEP-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-31-2012), St Public Notif requested (NOV-16-2012), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-16-2012), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2012)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.7%
(19.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  1.8 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  48.5%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.5%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Big Falls compared to Minnesota state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.4
Minnesota average:

10.7

Big Falls travel time to work - commute Big Falls mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (40%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26%)
  • Wood (18%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Big Falls city (based on Koochiching County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,7993
Mainline Protestant2,3857
Evangelical Protestant1,24619
Other1232
None6,758-
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: 4
Koochiching County:

2.98 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Koochiching County:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Koochiching County:

11.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Here:

11.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.9%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Koochiching County:

26.4%
Minnesota:

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

13.7%
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
Financial Administration 1$2,327$27,9240$0
Streets and Highways 1$3,102$37,2240$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$177
Other and Unallocable 1$2,863$34,3566$2,984
Totals for Government 3$8,292$33,1687$3,161

Big Falls government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $235,000 ($1012.93)
    General - Other: $85,000 ($366.38)
    Financial Administration: $47,000 ($202.59)
    Parks & Recreation: $30,000 ($129.31)
    Regular Highways: $25,000 ($107.76)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($90.52)
    Water Utilities: $11,000 ($47.41)
    Central Staff Services: $8,000 ($34.48)
    Fire Protection: $6,000 ($25.86)
    Police Protection: $4,000 ($17.24)
    Air Transportation: $1,000 ($4.31)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,000 ($4.31)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $12,000 ($51.72)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $24,000 ($103.45)

Big Falls government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Parks & Recreation: $31,000 ($133.62)
    Sewerage: $14,000 ($60.34)
    All Other: $4,000 ($17.24)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $17,000 ($73.28)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $80,000 ($344.83)
    Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($25.86)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $248,000 ($1068.97)
    Water Utilities: $18,000 ($77.59)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $69,000 ($297.41)
    All Other: $6,000 ($25.86)
  • Tax - Property: $58,000 ($250.00)

3.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,604 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.76%
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 St. Louis County, MN  0.52% ($35,185 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.31% ($17,938)
from Beltrami County, MN  0.19% ($21,000)


4.40% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,909 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.40%
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 St. Louis County, MN  0.44% ($35,087 average AGI)
to Beltrami County, MN  0.30% ($26,688)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.28% ($19,333)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Falls:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Falls:

  • KBHW (99.5 FM; INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN; Owner: HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS)
  • K249BK (97.7 FM; INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around Big Falls:

  • K60BO (Channel 60; BIG FALLS, ETC., MN; Owner: COUNTY OF KOOCHICHING)
  • K62BJ (Channel 62; BIG FALLS, ETC., MN; Owner: COUNTY OF KOOCHICHING)
  • W64AM (Channel 64; BIG FALLS, MN; Owner: COUNTY OF KOOCHICHING)

Big Falls fatal accident list:

Jul 19, 1975 09:30 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Dec 30, 1975 06:10 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 0mTotal length
  • 710Total average daily traffic
  • 127Total average daily truck traffic
  • 830Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • Nw 1/4 Nw 1/4 Sec 5 Twp 154 N Range 25 W (Lat: 48.211611 Lon: -93.834361), Call Sign: KQU270, Licensee ID: L00045740
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.240 MHz, 156.240 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/09/2005, Expiration Date: 10/24/2015
    Registrant: County Of Koochiching
  • 2nd St & Big Fork Ave (Lat: 48.191333 Lon: -93.472944), Type: Tank, Structure height: 30 m, Call Sign: WPLP655
    Assigned Frequencies: 458.400 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/11/2013, Expiration Date: 11/07/2022, Certifier: William Elliott
    Registrant: Koochiching County Sheriff Office, 715 4th Street, International Falls, MN 56649, Phone: (218) 218-4416, Fax: (218) 283-7004, Email:
  • E Hwy 71 Approx 1 Mi Ne (Lat: 48.197167 Lon: -93.793222), Call Sign: KNDP508, Licensee ID: L00540500
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.275 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/04/2012, Expiration Date: 08/19/2022
    Registrant: Page & Hill Forest Products Inc

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • BIG FALLS, 1.0 Mile South Of Big Falls (Lat: 48.181667 Lon: -93.827778), Type: Tower, Structure height: 121.9 m, Overall height: 129.5 m, Call Sign: WPOM655
    Assigned Frequencies: 6226.89 MHz, 6197.24 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/06/2010, Expiration Date: 03/06/2020, Certifier: Elizabeth L Kohler
    Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • Big Falls, W Side Of Hwy 6 S Of Jct Hwy 6 & 72 (Lat: 48.191111 Lon: -93.790000), Type: Tower, Structure height: 81 m, Call Sign: WPQQ543
    Assigned Frequencies: 6887.50 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/15/2000, Expiration Date: 04/01/2006, Certifier: Patrick J Wilmers
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20006-6801, Phone: (202) 457-7040, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:
  • Big Falls, 12.9 Miles N. Of Intersection Of Hiway 42 And Hiway 30, On N. Side Of Hiway 30. (Lat: 48.218528 Lon: -94.053361), Type: Tower, Structure height: 100.6 m, Overall height: 106.6 m, Call Sign: WQNJ496
    Assigned Frequencies: 6546.25 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/23/2011, Expiration Date: 02/23/2021, 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:
  • Margie, 8686 Highway 6 Big Falls Mn (Lat: 48.130583 Lon: -93.717694), Type: Tower, Structure height: 100.6 m, Overall height: 106.7 m, Call Sign: WQNY203
    Assigned Frequencies: 6541.25 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, 6197.24 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/05/2011, Expiration Date: 07/05/2021, 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:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: KA0TIP, Licensee ID: L00891867
    Grant Date: 07/15/2004, Expiration Date: 10/12/2014
    Registrant: Arnold R Sutton, 7335 Cty Rd 141, Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Call Sign: KB0MSN, Licensee ID: L00816553
    Grant Date: 02/19/2004, Expiration Date: 05/17/2014, Certifier: Glen H Hazelton
    Registrant: Glen H Hazelton, Box 216, Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Call Sign: N0KAQ
    Grant Date: 06/05/1990, Expiration Date: 06/05/2000, Cancellation Date: 06/06/2002
    Registrant: Thomas C Manders, Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Call Sign: N0VAC, Licensee ID: L00186973
    Grant Date: 01/05/1993, Expiration Date: 01/05/2003, Cancellation Date: 01/06/2005
    Registrant: William F Cody, 6924 Co Rd 31, Big Falls, MN 56627

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-235 SERIES (115 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 2666Z , Serial Number: 1224-78, Year manufactured: 1977, Airworthiness Date: 12/23/1977
    Registrant (Corporation): Big Falls Flying Club Inc, , Big Falls, MN 56627

Most common first names in Big Falls, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert568.2 years
Arnold472.8 years
Rudolph474.5 years
John383.7 years
Carl378.7 years
Grace370.7 years
Rose379.7 years
Vernon373.3 years
Walter367.7 years
Albert273.5 years
Most common last names in Big Falls, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Gustafson463.0 years
Johnson473.3 years
Boes466.5 years
Nelson476.3 years
Smith461.2 years
Warner484.5 years
Donner363.7 years
Anderson381.0 years
Carlson372.7 years
Gowdy378.7 years
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