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Location of the city of Biwabikwithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Biwabik
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
 • Total 9.95 sq mi (25.76 km2)
 • Land 8.77 sq mi (22.72 km2)
 • Water 1.17 sq mi (3.04 km2)
1,450 ft (440 m)
 • Total 961
 • Estimate 
 • Density 110.47/sq mi (42.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-06148
GNIS feature ID 0660819
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Biwabik town center with statue of Honk the Moose

Biwabik is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 961 at the 2020 census.

State Highway 135 (MN 135) and Vermilion Trail (County 4) are two of the main routes in Biwabik.

Its name is derived from the Ojibwe word for Iron: Biwabiko-nabik-wan. Biwabik is the gateway to the East Range on the Mesabi Iron Range.

Biwabik is a Bavarian-themed town that greets visitors to Giants Ridge Resort with two award-winning golf courses and acclaimed ski area, plus trails, lakes, lodging and dining. With the Mesabi Trail connecting the community to Giants Ridge and Vermilion Trail Campground on Embarrass Lake, this scenic city is a destination any time of year. Visit during the Fourth of July for the popular Calithumpian Parade, in September for Honktoberfest, an Oktoberfest which honors Honk the Moose and come back the first Saturday in December for Weihnachtsfest, with fireworks, delightful music and food, and lights.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.15 square miles (26.29 km2); 8.97 square miles (23.23 km2) is land and 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2) is water.

Biwabik is the home of Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,299
1910 1,690 30.1%
1920 2,024 19.8%
1930 1,383 −31.7%
1940 1,304 −5.7%
1950 1,245 −4.5%
1960 1,836 47.5%
1970 1,483 −19.2%
1980 1,428 −3.7%
1990 1,097 −23.2%
2000 954 −13.0%
2010 969 1.6%
2019 (est.) 969 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

At the 2020 census, there were 961 people and 323 households in the city.

The racial makeup of the city was 887 White, 13 Native American, 1 Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, and 55 from two or more races. 19.4% German, 10.2% Irish, 9.4% Norwegian, 7% English, 6.5% Polish, 6.4% French, 5.5% Italian and .5% Scottish, according to the 2020 Census.

There were 323 households, of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.9% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 31% we male household, no spouse present. 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average family size was 2.5.

14.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 85.6% from 18 and over, with 21.4 who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.5 years.

The median household income was $41,719 and the median family income was $74,593. About 15.9% of people were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


Daniel R. Curtin, Wisconsin State Assemblyman and businessman, at one time owned the town site of Biwabik, Minnesota. For 10 years, Curtin was in the lumber and mining business.

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