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The beautiful falls on the Mississippi River attracted native inhabitants, explorers, traders and settlers. By the 1880's a surge in immigration, railroad expansion and industrial development created a boom. In 1889, Little Falls was incorporated as a city. It is the third oldest city in the state. Due to local brick-making industries, by 1890, large brick buildings replaced the former wooden storefronts. Within a two-year period the population had doubled, reaching 4,699.

Major industries that contributed to the growth of Little Falls were the Pine Tree Lumber Company, Hennepin Paper Company, and two large flour mills. Smaller industries included the Kiewel Brewery, a sash and door factory and a horseshoe factory. Carpenters, cigar manufacturers and blacksmiths were among the numerous tradesmen setting up shop. A major contributor to the economic growth of Little Falls was the surrounding diversified farming. Also evident was a vibrant social and religious community.

When the lumber and flour milling industries declined, others sprang up. Most notable was boat building, which began with the Larson Boat Company, in the 1920's. Boat building was the driving force in Little Falls' industry for nearly 100 years. The City of Little Falls continues to grow with new and innovative, startup companies. Little Falls is home to Hoonuit, an international software company; Lakemaster, a lake mapping software company; AirBorn Inc, a specialty connector company; Wabash National, a leading refrigerated trailer company; Falls Fabricating, a metal fabricating facility; DJ Products, a power trailer moving manufacturer; Mielke Oil, a lubricant and fuel distributor; and Little Falls Machine, a nationally known plow manufacturer.  The growth of Little Falls continues, thanks to the early entrepreneurs whose vision gave it impetus.

Little Falls Industrial Park

Little Falls Demographics, 2000

Population
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Population

Population2000201020202025
Little Falls8,7678,8289,1019,238

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4641587586
5-9513571578
10-14505547603
15-19511467546
20-24529443451
25-29634548452
30-34525605506
35-39421581588
40-44466471593
45-49600475505
50-54639554488
55-59597642548
60-64439588620
65-69386543577
70-74309436502
75-79374335419
80-84335296286
85+404412387
18+6,8677,1197,143
Median Age414243

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Little Falls2020
Total9,101.000
White Alone94.570
Black Alone1.650
American Indian Alone0.550
Asian Alone0.790
Pacific Islander Alone0.050
Some Other Race0.310
Two or More Races2.080
Hispanic Origin1.970
Diversity Index14.000

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

Little Falls2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%0%
Families0%0%
Median Household Income%1%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households3,5423,7943,9013,957
Housing Units3,7064,0594,2574,362
Owner Occupied Units2,4792,540
Renter Occupied Units1,4211,416
Vacant Units356405

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Little Falls20202025
Median Home Value$142,075$146,920
Average Home Value$155,953$161,334
<$50,000113102
$50,000 - $99,999475445
$100,000 - $149,999776771
$150,000 - $199,999656691
$200,000 - $249,999232260
$250,000 - $299,999132158
$300,000 - $399,9996172
$400,000 - $499,9991316
$500,000 - $749,9991315
$1,000,000 +99

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later41
2000-2009507
1990-1999592
1980-1989394
1970-1979437
1960-1969400
1950-1959509
1940-1949143
1939 or Before879

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Little Falls20202025
Median Household$48,004$51,197
Average Household$62,905$68,286
Per Capita$27,128$29,405

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Little Falls2020
<$15,000588
$15,000 - $24,999530
$25,000 - $34,999354
$35,000 - $49,999534
$50,000 - $74,999751
$75,000 - $99,999494
$100,000 - $149,999440
$150,000 - $199,999111
$200,000+101

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+3,903
In-County Residents2,627
Out-of-County Residents1,221
Drive Alone3,097
Carpooled359
Public Transport59
Work at Home93
Less than 5 minutes268
5-9 minutes1,085
10-14 minutes700
15-19 minutes342
20-24 minutes284
25-29 minutes107
30-34 minutes276
35-39 minutes163
40-44 minutes191
45-59 minutes177
60-89 minutes92
90+ minutes125
Average Travel Time21

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees5,901
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt13
Mining0
Utilities2
Construction170
Manufacturing538
Wholesale Trade90
  
Retail Trade989
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers61
Furn & Home Furnish Str13
Electronics & Appl Store17
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip64
Food & Beverage Stores268
Health/Pers Care Stores72
Gasoline Stations19
Clothing/Accessory Store42
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music8
General Merchandise Str379
Misc Store Retailers42
Nonstore Retailers4
  
Transportation/Warehouse127
Information127
  
Finance & Insurance161
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn63
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv25
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other73
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing100
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv117
Legal Services22
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises2
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt63
Educational Services572
HealthCare/Social Assist1,081
Arts/Entertainment/Rec106
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs539
Accommodation66
Food Srv/Drinking Places473
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin557
Auto Repair/Maintenance37
Public Administration Emp538

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Little Falls2020
Some High School398
Graduated High School1,962
Associates Degree576
Bachelor's Degree1,020
Graduate Degree382

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses533
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus25
Manufacturing Bus19
Wholesale Trade Bus13
  
Retail Trade Bus82
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus9
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus4
Electronics & Appl Store Bus5
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus9
Food & Beverage Stores Bus15
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus11
Gasoline Stations Bus4
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus6
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus4
General Merchandise Str Bus4
Misc Store Retailers Bus5
Nonstore Retailers Bus6
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus10
Information Bus13
  
Finance & Insurance Bus35
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus7
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus8
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus20
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus21
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus25
Legal Services Bus3
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus22
Educational Services Bus19
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus68
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus16
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus35
Accommodation Bus7
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus28
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus76
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus10
Public Administration Bus35

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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