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.

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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Lake who work in office and administrative support (11.84%), sales jobs (9.72%), and management occupations (8.37%).

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.

In Big Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.04 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The citizens of Big Lake are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.60% of adults in Big Lake having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Big Lake in 2010 was $24,442, which is middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,768 for a family of four. However, Big Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 German.

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