Little Canada, Minnesota facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Little Canada, Minnesota
City
Flag of Little Canada, Minnesota
Flag
Location of the city of Little Canadawithin Ramsey County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Little Canada
within Ramsey County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Ramsey
Area
 • Total 4.48 sq mi (11.60 km2)
 • Land 3.89 sq mi (10.08 km2)
 • Water 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,773
 • Estimate (2013) 10,102
 • Density 2,512.3/sq mi (970.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55109, 55117
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-37502
GNIS feature ID 0646773
Website www.ci.little-canada.mn.us

Little Canada is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. It is an inner ring suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The population was 9,773 at the 2010 census.

History

In 1844, French Canadian settler Benjamin Gervais moved north from Saint Paul to claim land in order to build the first grist mill in Minnesota that was independent from the government. Today, the large lake on the east side of Little Canada bears his name (Lake Gervais). The grist mill was converted into a park, which is recognized as the birthplace of the city. Little Canada began as the township of New Canada in 1858. In the 1950s the township was threatened by the suburban sprawl of the ensuing larger communities that were formed, such as Maplewood. In 1953, the city leaders came together and established the village of Little Canada. It became a city in 1974.

Canadian Ties

The city displays the Canadian influence in its history in several ways. Its official symbol is an initial LC on a white fleur-de-lis with a red Maple Leaf background, and the Flag of Canada is displayed in council chambers.

The city itself also hosts an annual celebration named Canadian Days in early August with its sister city Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada.

Sister cities

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.48 square miles (11.60 km2), of which 3.89 square miles (10.08 km2) is land and 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2) is water.

Interstate Highway 35E, Interstate Highway 694, and Minnesota Highway 36 are three of the main routes in the city. Nearby places include Maplewood, Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, and Saint Paul.

Little Canada has a number of parks and trails, including Pioneer Park, Spooner Park, Gervais Mill Park, Nadeau Wildlife Park, and the upcoming Veterans Memorial Park.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 3,512
1970 3,481 −0.9%
1980 7,102 104.0%
1990 8,971 26.3%
2000 9,771 8.9%
2010 9,773 0.0%
Est. 2015 10,319 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,773 people, 4,393 households, and 2,361 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,512.3 inhabitants per square mile (970.0/km2). There were 4,689 housing units at an average density of 1,205.4 per square mile (465.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.6% White, 6.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 13.1% Asian, 2.7% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.

There were 4,393 households of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.3% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,771 people, 4,375 households, and 2,393 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,445.8 people per square mile (943.2/km²). There were 4,471 housing units at an average density of 1,119.1 per square mile (431.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.38% White, 4.20% African American, 0.58% Native American, 6.68% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29% of the population.

There were 4,375 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,609, and the median income for a family was $61,082. Males had a median income of $41,205 versus $31,689 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,624. About 4.6% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


Little Canada, Minnesota Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.