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Bigfork
Main Street - Bigfork, Minnesota
Main Street - Bigfork, Minnesota
Location of the city of Bigforkwithin Itasca County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Bigfork
within Itasca County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
Area
 • Total 1.89 sq mi (4.89 km2)
 • Land 1.85 sq mi (4.80 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
1,309 ft (399 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 446
 • Estimate 
(2019)
442
 • Density 238.40/sq mi (92.03/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
56628, 56639
Area code(s) 218 Exchange: 743
FIPS code 27-05698
GNIS feature ID 0655384
Website www.cityofbigfork.com

Bigfork is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 446 at the 2010 census. Scenic State Park is nearby.

Minnesota State Highway 38 serves as a main route in the community. State Highways 1 and 6 are nearby.

History

Bigfork originally began as a settlement when Damase "Uncle Tom" Neveaux built a log cabin on the Big Fork River, claiming the stand of pine there, and began logging activities. Though Neveaux reached the area in 1887, and the settlement began in 1892, officially, he was a squatter until the land was opened for settlement in 1900.

By 1902, a post office was established, and in 1906, a station was added to the Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway.

On January 17, 1907, less than a year after the railway stop was completed, Bigfork was incorporated as a village. Bigfork Village Hall, built in 1936 with Works Progress Administration funds, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.80 square miles (4.66 km2), of which 1.77 square miles (4.58 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 167
1920 160 −4.2%
1930 295 84.4%
1940 382 29.5%
1950 463 21.2%
1960 464 0.2%
1970 399 −14.0%
1980 457 14.5%
1990 384 −16.0%
2000 469 22.1%
2010 446 −4.9%
2019 (est.) 442 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 446 people, 195 households, and 102 families living in the city. The population density was 252.0 inhabitants per square mile (97.3/km2). There were 241 housing units at an average density of 136.2 per square mile (52.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.7% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 195 households, of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.7% were non-families. 42.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 29.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 51.3 years. 17.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 34.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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