Big Lake, MN
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Big Lake is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 10,368 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Big Lake is the 95th largest community in Minnesota.

Big Lake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Big Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Lake who work in sales jobs (13.79%), office and administrative support (9.58%), and teaching (6.72%).

Also of interest is that Big Lake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Big Lake is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Big Lake’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Big Lake is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Big Lake, the average commute to work is 32.91 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The population of Big Lake overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Big Lake, 22.49% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Big Lake in 2010 was $24,455, which is middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,820 for a family of four. However, Big Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Big Lake is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Big Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Big Lake include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Big Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.

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