Moose Lake, Minnesota
|Moose Lake, Minnesota|
Downtown Moose Lake
Location of the city of Moose Lake
within Carlton County, Minnesota
|• Total||3.66 sq mi (9.48 km2)|
|• Land||3.27 sq mi (8.47 km2)|
|• Water||0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)|
|Elevation||1,060 ft (323 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,787|
|• Density||841.3/sq mi (324.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0648082|
Moose Lake State Park is nearby.
Moose Lake was one of the communities affected by the massive 1918 Cloquet Fire. The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Depot is a museum that tells the story of that fire. The Minnesota Home Guard provided assistance to the area following the fire.
Notable graduates from Moose Lake High School include poet and novelist David Athey, author of Danny Gospel.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,751 people, 648 households, and 318 families residing in the city. The population density was 841.3 inhabitants per square mile (324.8 /km2). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 223.9 per square mile (86.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.2% White, 14.4% African American, 3.7% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.
There were 648 households of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.9% were non-families. 46.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.84.
The median age in the city was 39 years. 11.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 39.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 73.4% male and 26.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,239 people, 577 households, and 294 families residing in the city. The population density was 811.1 people per square mile (313.2/km²). There were 628 housing units at an average density of 227.5 per square mile (87.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.99% White, 11.61% African American, 3.75% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 1.38% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population. 22.9% were of German, 10.9% Norwegian, 10.3% Swedish, 9.8% Finnish, 6.3% Polish and 5.1% Irish ancestry.
There were 577 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.0% were non-families. 46.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 29.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 12.6% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 197.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 227.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,130, and the median income for a family was $37,917. Males had a median income of $31,641 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,128. About 5.0% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
Pop culture references
In the children's video series VeggieTales, there is an ongoing gag regarding Moose Lake. In the episode The End of Silliness?, when a petition is made to bring back Silly Songs with Larry, Dr. Archibald reveals to Larry that it was signed by the entire population of Duluth, Minnesota and one citizen of Moose Lake, to which Larry responds, "Wow, Moose Lake!" The petition in the video is a digitized version of an actual petition drive created by Duluth radio station WNCB (now The Refuge) in response to a reported ending of the "Silly Songs With Larry" segment of the videos.
In the 20th Century Fox computer animated movie Rio, Jesse Eisenberg's character lived in Moose Lake, the setting was picked because one of the screenwriters of the film; Don Rhymer, grew up in Moose Lake, Minnesota.
In Strawberry Shortcake: It's a Meaningful Light, Ginger Snap says that someone was from Moose Lake because of that quote "Every fall, someone from Moose Lake asked me to take care of this!".
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- Moose Lake Fire: An Inventory of Photographs
- Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website
- City of Moose Lake website
- Moose Lake Schools website
- Moose Lake Star-Gazette - newspaper website
- Moose Lake State Park - DNR website entry