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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

Population2000201020182023
Little Falls8,3158,3628,4798,606

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Age

Population201020182023
0-4627564556
5-9483511524
10-14466493541
15-19477429492
20-24519443423
25-29619552460
30-34509552507
35-39401501539
40-44429410506
45-49566471445
50-54585548498
55-59546592541
60-64405536571
65-69364478512
70-74301375440
75-79352342390
80-84318288293
85+395394367
18+6,5046,6566,693
Median Age414243

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Population by Race

Little Falls2018
Total8,479.000
White Alone94.590
Black Alone1.360
American Indian Alone0.600
Asian Alone0.810
Pacific Islander Alone0.050
Some Other Race0.290
Two or More Races2.300
Hispanic Origin1.980
Diversity Index14.000

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Growth Rate

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

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020182023
Households3,3893,6163,6473,694
Housing Units3,5513,8763,9854,064
Owner Occupied Units2,3812,499
Renter Occupied Units1,2661,195
Vacant Units338370

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Home Value

Little Falls20182023
Median Home Value$138,582$145,026
Average Home Value$163,303$173,749
<$50,000165164
$50,000 - $99,999571565
$100,000 - $149,999589578
$150,000 - $199,999512523
$200,000 - $249,999287332
$250,000 - $299,99990116
$300,000 - $399,99991120
$400,000 - $499,9991823
$500,000 - $749,9992534
$1,000,000 +1314

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later80
2000-2009535
1990-1999498
1980-1989353
1970-1979578
1960-1969316
1950-1959519
1940-1949254
1939 or Before895

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Income
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Income

Little Falls20182023
Median Household$43,510$45,831
Average Household$56,620$61,894
Per Capita$24,784$26,976

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Household Income Base

Little Falls2018
<$15,000691
$15,000 - $24,999495
$25,000 - $34,999278
$35,000 - $49,999559
$50,000 - $74,999785
$75,000 - $99,999359
$100,000 - $149,999342
$150,000 - $199,99972
$200,000+68

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+4,148
In-County Residents2,766
Out-of-County Residents1,359
Drive Alone3,406
Carpooled304
Public Transport29
Work at Home213
Less than 5 minutes306
5-9 minutes990
10-14 minutes712
15-19 minutes433
20-24 minutes239
25-29 minutes90
30-34 minutes308
35-39 minutes294
40-44 minutes161
45-59 minutes219
60-89 minutes76
90+ minutes107
Average Travel Time20

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees6,407
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt2
Mining0
Utilities2
Construction166
Manufacturing521
Wholesale Trade103
  
Retail Trade990
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers72
Furn & Home Furnish Str16
Electronics & Appl Store23
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip75
Food & Beverage Stores269
Health/Pers Care Stores75
Gasoline Stations3
Clothing/Accessory Store38
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music11
General Merchandise Str379
Misc Store Retailers23
Nonstore Retailers6
  
Transportation/Warehouse94
Information162
  
Finance & Insurance173
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn72
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv23
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other78
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing85
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv781
Legal Services75
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt74
Educational Services429
HealthCare/Social Assist1,057
Arts/Entertainment/Rec106
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs489
Accommodation66
Food Srv/Drinking Places423
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin614
Auto Repair/Maintenance15
Public Administration Emp559

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

Educational Attainment (25+)

Little Falls2018
Some High School379
Graduated High School1,788
Associates Degree638
Bachelor's Degree777
Graduate Degree415

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses538
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus26
Manufacturing Bus18
Wholesale Trade Bus16
  
Retail Trade Bus84
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus11
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus4
Electronics & Appl Store Bus5
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus12
Food & Beverage Stores Bus16
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus10
Gasoline Stations Bus1
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus7
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus5
General Merchandise Str Bus4
Misc Store Retailers Bus7
Nonstore Retailers Bus2
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus8
Information Bus17
  
Finance & Insurance Bus39
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus9
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus9
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus21
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus22
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus32
Legal Services Bus7
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus24
Educational Services Bus13
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus64
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus16
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus33
Accommodation Bus7
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus26
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus68
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus8
Public Administration Bus46

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-26

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The Burton-Rosenmeier House

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Little Falls' leading example of Neoclassical architecture, built c. 1900 and owned successively by notable local merchant Barney Burton and attorney/politician Christian Rosenmeier. Now houses the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.