Big Lake MN Community Profile
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The City of Big Lake was originally called Humboldt until 1867 when it got its current name. It is a rapidly growing community in Sherbourne County, Minnesota along the banks of the Big and Mitchell Lakes. The city was incorporated on Dec. 27, 1898.
Based on data from the US Census Bureau, the city offers a total area of 2.92 square miles (7.56 km2); 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.10 km2) is water. A portion of the city lies along the Elk River.
Located about 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, Big Lake was once a popular location for escapes from the city, its lakes filled with summer cabins. Now it is considered an exurb of the metro area, with a significant portion of residents commuting into the Cities daily.
The lake for which the town is named was once an important part of the Twin Cities economy, as in the days before modern refrigerators, much of the ice for metropolitan iceboxes was harvested from Big Lake.
Big Lake is currently the northernmost terminus of the Northstar Commuter Rail line connecting the northwest suburbs and downtown Minneapolis; there are plans for the line to be extended to St. Cloud by 2015.
Currently, commuters can use the Northstar Link Commuter Bus to reach St. Cloud, MN.
Based on the census done in 2010, there were 10,060 people, 3,377 households, and 2,500 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,767.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,840.9/km2). There were 3,640 housing units at an average density of 1,725.1 per square mile (666.1/km2).
The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 1.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
There were 3,377 households of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.0% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.38.
Big Lake High School is part of the Big Lake Public School District 727. It features 22 classrooms and can host a capacity of 1,100 students. The school offers 117 courses in 14 different departments. Also offers online foreign language courses in Spanish, French and German.
Here are some of the place of worship in Big Lake MN
- Riverside Church
- Bridgeview Assembly of God Church
- Community Covenant Church
- Bethany Bible Church
- Mary of The Visitation
- Matthews Lutheran Church
- Hope Lutheran Church
Business & Economy
Here are some of the notable businesses in Big Lake MN
- BP Athletics
- Big Lake Floral & Gift
- Big Lake Hardware Hank
- Big Lake “Do It Best” Lumber
- Big Lake Smoke Shop
- Bob & Judy’s Farm Market
- Discount Mattress & Furniture
- Family Dollar
- Fudgin’ Delicious Ice Cream & Hom Decor
- Glance Back Vintage & Treasures (open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays)
- Lake Liquors
- Marlo’s Haberdashery Too
- The Jerkey Shoppe
- The Stampin Place
Cost of Living
In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
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- The cost of living in Big Lake is 2% lower than the Minnesota average.
- The cost of living in Big Lake is 1% higher than the national average.
- The cost of housing in Big Lake is 3% lower than the national average.
Restaurants & Nightlife
- Racks Sports Bar & Grill – great place to eat burgers and beer.
- Pizza Factory – offers great pizza and service
- Russell’s On the Lake – superb salad bar, best prime rib in the area.
- Fresh Flame Burger – friendly owner, great food.
- The Third Rail Bar and Grill – Superb food at good prices, great sports bar with many TV screens to enjoy the game.
- No. 1 China – offers delectable Chinese cuisine, great portions at an affordable price.
Fun Things to Experience in Big Lake MN
Parks and Trails
There are over 215 acres of parkland, 20 miles of trail for hiking and 3.5 acres of greenway located in Big Lake. The Big Lake Park system has parks and playgrounds, picnic areas and ball fields.
Enjoy the beauty of Big Lake anytime with a canoe or a chartered boat along the Lakeside Pier
Legacy Foundation of Big Lake – provides a lot of events yearly, most notable is the Music in the Park.
Sand Dunes State Forest — is located in central Sherburne County, about three miles west of Zimmerman and 5 miles north of Big Lake. Consists of oak savanna forest and prairie and 2,700 acres of pine plantation on rolling terrain. It provides beautiful areas for many recreational activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hunting, and swimming, panfishing on Ann Lake, camping and hiking.
Big Lake Minnesota truly is a great place to live. If you want to know more about our plumbing services here in Big Lake, call us. We can’t wait to meet you.