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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

Population2000201020212026
Little Falls8,7678,8289,0929,208

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Age

Population201020212026
0-4641571576
5-9513580582
10-14505551604
15-19511447547
20-24529424423
25-29634536443
30-34525620500
35-39421599614
40-44466482608
45-49600442502
50-54639513451
55-59597618511
60-64439610617
65-69386564593
70-74309464523
75-79374348425
80-84335300289
85+404424402
18+6,8677,1257,120
Median Age414243

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Race

Little Falls2021
Total9,092.000
White Alone94.300
Black Alone2.000
American Indian Alone0.600
Asian Alone0.630
Pacific Islander Alone0.050
Some Other Race0.320
Two or More Races2.090
Hispanic Origin2.090
Diversity Index14.700

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Growth Rate

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

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020212026
Households3,5423,7943,9203,971
Housing Units3,7064,0594,2644,358
Owner Occupied Units2,5232,649
Renter Occupied Units1,3971,321
Vacant Units344387

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Home Value

Little Falls20212026
Median Home Value$156,369$166,264
Average Home Value$171,543$184,353
<$50,0009174
$50,000 - $99,999394334
$100,000 - $149,999683654
$150,000 - $199,999738807
$200,000 - $249,999292347
$250,000 - $299,999164204
$300,000 - $399,99995132
$400,000 - $499,9993658
$500,000 - $749,9991825
$1,000,000 +1011

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later30
2000-2009495
1990-1999475
1980-1989380
1970-1979566
1960-1969331
1950-1959563
1940-1949141
1939 or Before1,028

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Income
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Income

Little Falls20212026
Median Household$46,513$50,031
Average Household$62,121$66,910
Per Capita$26,945$29,015

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Household Income Base

Little Falls2021
<$15,000509
$15,000 - $24,999641
$25,000 - $34,999385
$35,000 - $49,999521
$50,000 - $74,999745
$75,000 - $99,999484
$100,000 - $149,999415
$150,000 - $199,999117
$200,000+104

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+3,962
In-County Residents2,731
Out-of-County Residents1,168
Drive Alone3,003
Carpooled491
Public Transport73
Work at Home86
Less than 5 minutes335
5-9 minutes1,105
10-14 minutes709
15-19 minutes178
20-24 minutes358
25-29 minutes144
30-34 minutes305
35-39 minutes78
40-44 minutes240
45-59 minutes186
60-89 minutes117
90+ minutes121
Average Travel Time21

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees6,704
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt21
Mining0
Utilities2
Construction185
Manufacturing474
Wholesale Trade88
  
Retail Trade985
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers41
Furn & Home Furnish Str13
Electronics & Appl Store16
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip68
Food & Beverage Stores282
Health/Pers Care Stores81
Gasoline Stations11
Clothing/Accessory Store33
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music8
General Merchandise Str387
Misc Store Retailers42
Nonstore Retailers3
  
Transportation/Warehouse123
Information117
  
Finance & Insurance149
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn63
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv24
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other62
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing87
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv732
Legal Services22
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises2
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt65
Educational Services592
HealthCare/Social Assist1,110
Arts/Entertainment/Rec88
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs527
Accommodation57
Food Srv/Drinking Places470
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin649
Auto Repair/Maintenance36
Public Administration Emp699

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Educational Attainment (25+)

Little Falls2021
Some High School364
Graduated High School2,111
Associates Degree546
Bachelor's Degree1,041
Graduate Degree367

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses538
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus2
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus27
Manufacturing Bus19
Wholesale Trade Bus13
  
Retail Trade Bus83
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus7
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus4
Electronics & Appl Store Bus4
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus10
Food & Beverage Stores Bus16
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus12
Gasoline Stations Bus3
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus5
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus4
General Merchandise Str Bus5
Misc Store Retailers Bus5
Nonstore Retailers Bus8
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus9
Information Bus14
  
Finance & Insurance Bus33
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus7
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus8
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus18
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus22
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus29
Legal Services Bus3
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus22
Educational Services Bus19
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus72
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus14
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus34
Accommodation Bus7
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus27
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus74
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus10
Public Administration Bus34

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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