Mountain Iron, Minnesota
|Mountain Iron, Minnesota|
|Motto: Taconite Capital of the World|
Location of the city of Mountain Iron
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
|• Total||71.31 sq mi (184.69 km2)|
|• Land||68.52 sq mi (177.47 km2)|
|• Water||2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2)|
|Elevation||1,486 ft (453 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,874|
|• Density||41.9/sq mi (16.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0661972|
U.S. Highway 169 serves as a main route in Mountain Iron.
The city's motto is the "Taconite Capital of the World". The local mine, Minntac, is owned by the United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel).
Mt. Iron was the first Iron Range community to have iron ore discovered. It was so bountiful that they decided to call the city Mt. Iron because they believed it was on top of a mountain of iron. Iron ore was discovered in Mt. Iron as early as 1892, and continues to be shipped out of the community to this day.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,869 people, 1,336 households, and 796 families residing in the city. The population density was 41.9 inhabitants per square mile (16.2/km2). There were 1,442 housing units at an average density of 21.0 per square mile (8.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 1,336 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.72.
The median age in the city was 45.4 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,999 people, 1,326 households, and 847 families residing in the city. The population density was 60.7 people per square mile (23.4/km²). There were 1,409 housing units at an average density of 28.5 per square mile (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.30% White, 0.77% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population. 27.3% were of Finnish, 11.2% German, 9.8% Italian, 8.8% Norwegian, 6.1% Swedish and 5.1% Slovene ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 1,326 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,163, and the median income for a family was $52,695. Males had a median income of $41,806 versus $22,837 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,761. About 7.8% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Beck, J. Robert. Well, Here We Are! The Hansons and the Becks. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2005. ISBN 059535725. A history of a Swedish-Finnish immigrant family in Mountain Iron and the surrounding area.
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