Taconite, Minnesota

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Population in 2019: 633 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +101.0%
Males: 343  (54.2%)
Females: 290  (45.8%)
Median resident age:

40.8 years
Minnesota median age:

38.4 years

Zip codes: 55709.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $59,933 (it was $30,250 in 2000)
Taconite:

$59,933
MN:

$74,593

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $30,403 (it was $16,357 in 2000)

Taconite city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $108,641 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Taconite:

$108,641
MN:

$246,700

Median gross rent in 2019: $730.

March 2019 cost of living index in Taconite: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.9%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 35.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Taconite, MN (2019)
    • 72893.3%White alone
    • 344.4%Two or more races
    • 101.3%Black alone
    • 10.1%American Indian alone

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

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Ancestries: American (16.7%), Norwegian (16.1%), German (12.1%), Finnish (7.5%), Irish (7.5%), French (6.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1390 feet

Land area: 4.88 square miles.

Population density: 130 people per square mile   (very low).

Taconite, Minnesota map

1 resident is foreign born

This city:

0.1%
Minnesota:

8.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $935 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $706 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Duluth, MN (69.4 miles , pop. 86,918).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (162.7 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (470.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Bovey, MN (1.7 miles ),
Marble, MN (1.8 miles ),
Coleraine, MN (1.9 miles ),
Calumet, MN (2.0 miles ),
La Prairie, MN (3.0 miles ),
Grand Rapids, MN (3.1 miles ),
Nashwauk, MN (3.2 miles ),
Cohasset, MN (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 47.32 N, Longitude: 93.36 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 218

Distribution of median household income in Taconite, MN in 2019
Distribution of house value in Taconite, MN in 2019
Taconite satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $90,700
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $90,700
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $165,000
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $157,500
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $100,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Taconite, MN residents
Average permit cost in Taconite, MN
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.6%
Minnesota:

3.9%
Population change in the 1990s: +8 (+2.6%).
Most common industries in Taconite, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (9.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (8.4%)
  • Construction (8.4%)
  • Paper (6.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.8%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (14.3%)
  • Construction (12.1%)
  • Paper (11.0%)
  • Public administration (6.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.6%)
  • Personal & laundry services (5.5%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.0%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (12.7%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (9.5%)
  • Social assistance (9.5%)
  • Educational services (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.8%)
Most common occupations in Taconite, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.8%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (5.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.2%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (9.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Health technologists and technicians (11.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9.5%)
  • Registered nurses (7.9%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (7.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.3%)

Average climate in Taconite, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Taconite-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/6/1969, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.9 miles away from the Taconite 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 42.0 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Taconite-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 57% 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 171.0 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 179.9 miles away from Taconite center
On 2/7/2020 at 18:30:28, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 31.8 miles away from Taconite center
On 1/9/2020 at 18:16:48, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 MB) earthquake occurred 35.7 miles away from Taconite center
On 5/14/2019 at 17:00:01, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MB) earthquake occurred 16.6 miles away from Taconite center
On 4/8/2020 at 17:14:33, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 ML) earthquake occurred 37.8 miles away from Taconite center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Itasca County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Winds: 3, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Taconite topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Taconite:

  • ACCESS HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; GRAND RAPIDS, MN)
  • FMC DIALYSIS - GRAND RAPIDS (Dialysis Facility, about 10 miles away; GRAND RAPIDS, MN)
  • EVERGREEN TERRACE (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; GRAND RAPIDS, MN)
  • GRAND ITASCA CLINIC AND HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 12 miles away; GRAND RAPIDS, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Taconite:

  • Lake Superior College (about 69 miles; Duluth, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,768)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica (about 69 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth (about 70 miles; Duluth, MN; FT enrollment: 10,612)
  • Bemidji State University (about 72 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (about 73 miles; Superior, WI; FT enrollment: 2,302)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 79 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • St Cloud Technical and Community College (about 127 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 3,493)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Taconite Fire Department Station 1 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes: Big Diamond Lake (A), Little Diamond Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Itasca County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

62.9%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.0%
Whole state:

6.9%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Taconite:

Marital status in Taconite, MN
  • Never married: 34.4%
  • Now married: 50.0%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 4.0%
  • Divorced: 11.4%

For population 25 years and over in Taconite:

  • High school or higher: 93.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.4%
  • Unemployed: 9.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.9
Minnesota average:

10.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Taconite, MN (based on Itasca County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic8,48513
Evangelical Protestant6,48249
Mainline Protestant6,37430
Other3404
Orthodox301
None23,347-
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: 11
This county:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
This county:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 34
Here:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 43
Here:

9.67 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

7.6%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Itasca County:

27.4%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Itasca County:

12.8%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Taconite:

45.8%
Minnesota:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

53.1%
State:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Taconite:

28.5
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Taconite:

15.6%
Minnesota:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Taconite:

25.4%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Taconite:

6.7
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

31.0%
State:

33.2%

General health condition:
Taconite:

59.7%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Taconite:

87.3%
Minnesota:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Taconite, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 1$3,983$47,7961$264
Water Supply 1$6,420$77,0400$0
Firefighters 0$0 19$4,306
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$815
Totals for Government 2$10,403$62,41826$5,385

Taconite government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $100,000 ($157.98)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $113,000 ($178.52)
    Local Fire Protection: $87,000 ($137.44)
    Solid Waste Management: $60,000 ($94.79)
    Sewerage: $44,000 ($69.51)
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000 ($66.35)
    Water Utilities: $30,000 ($47.39)
    Financial Administration: $27,000 ($42.65)
    Central Staff Services: $6,000 ($9.48)
    General - Other: $3,000 ($4.74)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $127,000 ($200.63)

Taconite government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $51,000 ($80.57)
    Other: $42,000 ($66.35)
    Regular Highways: $8,000 ($12.64)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $26,000 ($41.07)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $17,000 ($26.86)
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,000 ($1.58)
    Special Assessments: $1,000 ($1.58)
    Interest Earnings: $0 ($0.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $37,000 ($58.45)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $152,000 ($240.13)
    Other: $17,000 ($26.86)
  • Tax - Property: $268,000 ($423.38)
    Public Utilities Sales: $3,000 ($4.74)
    Other License: $1,000 ($1.58)

4.68% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($51,848 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.68%
Minnesota average:

7.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from St. Louis County, MN  1.01% ($48,063 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.31% ($52,019)
from Cass County, MN  0.22% ($40,128)


4.58% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($45,796 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.58%
Minnesota average:

7.17%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to St. Louis County, MN  0.91% ($39,557 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.36% ($58,730)
to Cass County, MN  0.20% ($39,543)

Strongest AM radio stations in Taconite:

  • WNMT (650 AM; 10 kW; NASHWAUK, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, L.L.C.)
  • KOZY (1320 AM; 5 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: ITASCA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WDSM (710 AM; 10 kW; SUPERIOR, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWJC (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; DULUTH, MN; Owner: WWJC, INC.)
  • WMFG (1240 AM; 1 kW; HIBBING, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, LLC)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KDAL (610 AM; 5 kW; DULUTH, MN; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Taconite:

  • KGPZ (96.1 FM; COLERAINE, MN; Owner: LATTO NORTHLAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBAJ (105.5 FM; DEER RIVER, MN; Owner: RED ROCK RADIO CORP.)
  • KMFY (96.9 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: ITASCA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KAXE (91.7 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: NORTHERN COMMUNITY RADIO)
  • K236AD (95.1 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WTBX (93.9 FM; HIBBING, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, L.L.C.)
  • WUSZ (99.9 FM; VIRGINIA, MN; Owner: VIRGINIA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • K281AB (104.1 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • K297AD (107.3 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WIRN (92.5 FM; BUHL, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WIRR (90.9 FM; VIRGINIA-HIBBING, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KMFG (102.9 FM; NASHWAUK, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, LLC)
  • WMFG-FM (106.3 FM; HIBBING, MN; Owner: MIDWEST RADIO NETWORK, LLC)
  • KADU (90.1 FM; HIBBING, MN; Owner: JPI RADIO, INC.)
  • K209DS (89.7 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Taconite:

  • K29EB (Channel 29; GRAND RAPIDS, MN; Owner: KQDS ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WIRT (Channel 13; HIBBING, MN; Owner: WDIO-TV, LLC)
  • K61BH (Channel 61; DEER RIVER, MN; Owner: KBJR LICENSE, INC.)
  • K59BQ (Channel 59; DEER RIVER, MN; Owner: CHELSEY BROADCASTING COMPANY OF DULUTH, LLC)

Taconite fatal accident list:

Dec 20, 2014 07:00 PM, Us-169, Lat: 47.315256, Lon: -93.335983, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Jun 7, 1988 12:30 AM, 169, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Dec 28, 1983 10:15 AM, 169, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 2
Dec 21, 1978 09:05 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 66ft / 20.2mTotal length
  • $163,000,000Total costs
  • 4,544Total average daily traffic
  • 4,941Total future (year 2027) average daily traffic
New bridges in Taconite, MN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Taconite, MN

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • 1 Mi. N. Taconite (Lat: 47.339361 Lon: -93.396861), Overall height: 152.1 m, Call Sign: WHN240,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2008.00 MHz, Grant Date: 12/09/1982, Expiration Date: 04/01/1999, Cancellation Date: 06/11/2000, Registrant: John W Boler, 4001 13th Ave South, Fargo, ND 58103

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 2 Mi. Nnw Of (Lat: 47.339361 Lon: -93.395472), Call Sign: KWU201,
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.700 MHz, Grant Date: 05/11/1999, Expiration Date: 04/01/2009, Cancellation Date: 11/15/2004, Certifier: Paul H Kuzia, Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 2300 N Street, N.W., 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 783-4141, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: W0CPX, Licensee ID: L01048857, Grant Date: 08/06/2015, Expiration Date: 08/18/2025, Registrant: Lloyd C Cogswell, 19 Nelson St South, Taconite, MN 55786

Most common first names in Taconite, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
George673.8 years
Harry370.4 years
Helen283.5 years
Ida284.5 years
Frances272.5 years
Frank270.0 years
Arnold263.5 years
James266.5 years
Kenneth278.5 years
Peter277.5 years
Most common last names in Taconite, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Guyer468.0 years
Troumbly477.0 years
Dunstan376.0 years
Johnson379.0 years
Gustason380.0 years
Camilli371.6 years
Hammargren374.4 years
Lawson374.0 years
Papberg367.6 years
Poore388.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Taconite, MN
  • 66.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.9%Wood
  • 11.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 8.6%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Taconite, MN
  • 76.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 10.6%Other fuel
  • 6.4%Utility gas
  • 6.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Taconite compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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