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Big Falls
Location of the city of Big Fallswithin Koochiching County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Big Falls
within Koochiching County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Koochiching
Area
 • Total 6.04 sq mi (15.65 km2)
 • Land 6.04 sq mi (15.65 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,217 ft (371 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 236
 • Estimate 
(2019)
208
 • Density 34.42/sq mi (13.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56627
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-05680
GNIS feature ID 0640086

Big Falls is a city in Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 236 at the 2010 census.

U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota State Highway 6 are two of the main routes in Big Falls.

History

A post office called Big Falls has been in operation since 1906. The city was named for a nearby waterfall on the Big Fork River.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.06 square miles (15.70 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 325
1920 365 12.3%
1930 440 20.5%
1940 509 15.7%
1950 441 −13.4%
1960 526 19.3%
1970 534 1.5%
1980 490 −8.2%
1990 341 −30.4%
2000 264 −22.6%
2010 236 −10.6%
2019 (est.) 208 −11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 236 people, 130 households, and 63 families living in the city. The population density was 38.9 inhabitants per square mile (15.0/km2). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 29.9 per square mile (11.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 1.7% Native American, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 130 households, of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.5% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.43.

The median age in the city was 53.8 years. 11.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 44% were from 45 to 64; and 23.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.0% male and 47.0% female.

Facilities

Facilities in Big Falls include a gas station, grocery store, hardware store, small machine shop, clinic, cafe, post office, and campground. Big Falls is a small town on the decline industrially, but the spirit stays alive.

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