Big Lake is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 11,226 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Big Lake is the 95th largest community in Minnesota.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Big Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.60%), food service (8.39%), and office and administrative support (8.27%).
Because of many things, Big Lake is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Big Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Big Lake perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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 31.40 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The percentage of people in Big Lake who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.66% of adults in Big Lake have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Big Lake in 2018 was $32,394, which is upper middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,576 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 German, Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and French.
The most common language spoken in Big Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.