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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

Population2000201020222027
Little Falls8,7488,8019,0678,951

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Age

Population201020222027
0-4626568556
5-9515580572
10-14502552592
15-19508456535
20-24532427418
25-29618529423
30-34513627485
35-39425603615
40-44476491597
45-49620444498
50-54647513435
55-59606613504
60-64451611587
65-69394572575
70-74313465520
75-79363355404
80-84327290287
85+364371347
18+6,8607,0966,911
Median Age424242

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Population by Race

Little Falls2022
Total9,067.000
White Alone92.170
Black Alone1.440
American Indian Alone0.520
Asian Alone0.510
Pacific Islander Alone0.060
Some Other Race0.710
Two or More Races4.600
Hispanic Origin2.240
Diversity Index18.500

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Growth Rate

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

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020222027
Households3,5583,8123,9653,922
Housing Units3,7164,0714,2344,236
Owner Occupied Units2,5052,524
Renter Occupied Units1,4601,398
Vacant Units269314

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Home Value

Little Falls20222027
Median Home Value$162,597$167,292
Average Home Value$179,182$187,144
<$50,0008584
$50,000 - $99,999351333
$100,000 - $149,999621588
$150,000 - $199,999776746
$200,000 - $249,999306344
$250,000 - $299,999155173
$300,000 - $399,999112137
$400,000 - $499,9995974
$500,000 - $749,9993035
$1,000,000 +68

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later27
2000-2009438
1990-1999523
1980-1989443
1970-1979579
1960-1969271
1950-1959568
1940-1949117
1939 or Before986

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Income
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Income

Little Falls20222027
Median Household$51,878$56,777
Average Household$70,316$77,882
Per Capita$30,645$34,010

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Household Income Base

Little Falls2022
<$15,000456
$15,000 - $24,999579
$25,000 - $34,999356
$35,000 - $49,999506
$50,000 - $74,999768
$75,000 - $99,999527
$100,000 - $149,999505
$150,000 - $199,999156
$200,000+112

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+3,767
In-County Residents2,586
Out-of-County Residents1,125
Drive Alone2,694
Carpooled523
Public Transport51
Work at Home165
Less than 5 minutes323
5-9 minutes1,057
10-14 minutes612
15-19 minutes193
20-24 minutes313
25-29 minutes146
30-34 minutes199
35-39 minutes93
40-44 minutes240
45-59 minutes197
60-89 minutes150
90+ minutes79
Average Travel Time21

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees7,371
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt21
Mining0
Utilities2
Construction175
Manufacturing565
Wholesale Trade96
  
Retail Trade1,095
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers59
Furn & Home Furnish Str13
Electronics & Appl Store16
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip68
Food & Beverage Stores280
Health/Pers Care Stores84
Gasoline Stations11
Clothing/Accessory Store33
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music8
General Merchandise Str453
Misc Store Retailers48
Nonstore Retailers22
  
Transportation/Warehouse96
Information155
  
Finance & Insurance159
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn57
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv31
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other71
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing63
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv737
Legal Services22
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises2
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt69
Educational Services664
HealthCare/Social Assist1,065
Arts/Entertainment/Rec115
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs521
Accommodation59
Food Srv/Drinking Places462
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin624
Auto Repair/Maintenance19
Public Administration Emp1,080

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

Educational Attainment (25+)

Little Falls2022
Some High School339
Graduated High School2,161
Associates Degree609
Bachelor's Degree1,053
Graduate Degree366

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses572
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus2
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus1
Construction Bus29
Manufacturing Bus18
Wholesale Trade Bus13
  
Retail Trade Bus89
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus8
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 Bus6
Misc Store Retailers Bus7
Nonstore Retailers Bus10
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus9
Information Bus18
  
Finance & Insurance Bus35
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus7
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus10
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus18
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus23
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus31
Legal Services Bus3
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus24
Educational Services Bus18
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus70
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus17
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus35
Accommodation Bus6
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus29
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus75
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus9
Public Administration Bus43

Source: ESRI, 2022-11-10

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