Mountain Iron, Minnesota

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Mountain Iron, Minnesota
City
Mountain Iron IMG 1410.JPG
Motto: Taconite Capital of the World
Location of the city of Mountain Ironwithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Mountain Iron
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 47°31′9″N 92°36′23″W / 47.51917°N 92.60639°W / 47.51917; -92.60639
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,869
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,874
 • Density 41.9/sq mi (16.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55768
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-44548[4]
GNIS feature ID 0661972[5]
Website mtniron.com

Mountain Iron is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States; in the heart of the Mesabi Range. The population was 2,869 at the 2010 census.[6]

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).

Mountain Iron is part of the Quad Cities of Virginia, Eveleth, and Gilbert.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.31 square miles (184.69 km2); 68.52 square miles (177.47 km2) is land and 2.79 square miles (7.23 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 470
1910 1,343 185.7%
1920 1,546 15.1%
1930 1,349 −12.7%
1940 1,492 10.6%
1950 1,377 −7.7%
1960 1,808 31.3%
1970 1,698 −6.1%
1980 4,134 143.5%
1990 3,362 −18.7%
2000 2,999 −10.8%
2010 2,869 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°31′57″N 92°37′25″W / 47.53250°N 92.62361°W / 47.53250; -92.62361