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 (8.40%), and office and administrative support (8.27%).
Because of many things, Big Lake is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Big Lake a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Big Lake has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Big Lake’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
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 overall education level of Big Lake is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.66% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.