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Big Lake, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Big Lake had a population of 10,803 as of July 1, 2017. Big Lake ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big Lake is located at latitude 45.3424 and longitude -93.743 in Sherburne County. The formal boundaries for the City of Big Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0.94 sq. miles. Sherburne County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 938 feet.

The City of Big Lake (GNIS ID: 2394164) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Lake: City of Big Lake, Humboldt.

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Big Lake, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 10,803
Daytime Population: Workers 3,158
Daytime Population: Residents 5,364
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,522
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 10,773
Population in Familes 9,063
Population in Group Qrtrs 30
Population Density2 1,564
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $67,557
Average Household Income $77,637
Per Capita Income $26,485


Total Housing Units 3,887 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,932 (75.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 683 (17.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 271 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $175,799
Average Home Value $201,953


Total Households 3,616
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 2,664
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.99% 1.01%
Households 0.95% 1.0%
Families 0.88% 0.94%
Median Household Income   1.85%
Per Capita Income   2.18%

Big Lake, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Lake to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 94 90th
Population Density # 124 86th
Diversity Index # 240 74th
Median Household Income # 173 81st
Per Capita Income # 599 34th

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