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Braham
Motto(s): 
"Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota"
Location of the city of Brahamwithin Isanti and Kanabec Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Braham
within Isanti and Kanabec Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Isanti, Kanabec
Area
 • Total 1.62 sq mi (4.20 km2)
 • Land 1.61 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
958 ft (292 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,793
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,816
 • Density 1,125.85/sq mi (434.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55006
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-07282
GNIS feature ID 0640423
Website www.braham.com

Braham is a city in Isanti and Kanabec counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 1,793 at the 2010 census.

Braham is 12 miles north of Cambridge, 15 miles southwest of Pine City, 16 miles south-southeast of Mora, and 12 miles west of Rush City.

History

A post office called Braham has been in operation since 1891. The city was named by railroad officials.

Pie Capital of Minnesota

Braham is the homemade pie capital of Minnesota. Every year on the first Friday in August, the people of Braham celebrate Pie Day. This celebration includes craft sales, music, food stands, games, and entertainment, and various types of pie.

Braham was declared the Pie Capital of Minnesota by former Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990. Braham became famous for its pie in the 1930s and 1940s when Minnesotans would take the "shortcut to Duluth through Braham." While taking this "shortcut," people would stop in Braham and visit the Park Cafe, the cafe that made Braham pie famous. Pie Day began in July 1990, after Independence Day, as an ice-cream social for fundraising and other charitable activities. The date was changed to the first Friday in August when the Isanti County Historical Society took charge of the event in 1992.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.62 square miles (4.20 km2), of which 1.61 square miles (4.17 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 406
1920 511 25.9%
1930 579 13.3%
1940 578 −0.2%
1950 697 20.6%
1960 728 4.4%
1970 744 2.2%
1980 1,015 36.4%
1990 1,139 12.2%
2000 1,276 12.0%
2010 1,793 40.5%
2019 (est.) 1,816 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,793 people, 708 households, and 457 families living in the city. The population density was 1,113.7 inhabitants per square mile (430.0/km2). There were 755 housing units at an average density of 468.9 per square mile (181.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 708 households, of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 30.5 years. 30.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 19.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

Sports

Former basketball champions

Braham's boys basketball team, the Bombers, won three straight Class AA state championships in 2004–2006. The girls basketball team won the 2011 Class AA state championship. The boys team won another state title in 2016.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Major highways

The following routes are located in the Braham area.

  • MN-65.svg Minnesota State Highway 65
  • MN-70.svg Minnesota State Highway 70
  • MN-107.svg Minnesota State Highway 107

Highways 65 and 107 are two of the main routes in Braham. Highway 70 is nearby.

County Roads

  • Isanti County 4 MN.svg Isanti County Road 4
  • Isanti County 36 MN.svg Isanti County Road 36

Notable people

  • Robert C. Becklin - Minnesota state legislator and businessman
  • Noah Dahlman – Professional basketball player.
  • Marlene Johnson – First female Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.
  • Jerome P. Peterson - Minnesota state legislator and educator.
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