Little Falls, Minnesota

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Little Falls is a city in Morrison County, Minnesota, United States, near the geographic center of the state. Established in 1848, Little Falls is one of the oldest cities in Minnesota. It is the county seat of Morrison County[3]. The population was 7,719 at the 2000 census. Little Falls is the location of the boyhood home of Charles Lindbergh. Just across from the home is Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, named after Lindbergh's father, prominent Minnesota lawyer and U.S. Congressman Charles August Lindbergh. The town was named after falls that were located on the Mississippi River, which travels through the town. Several attempts to build dams over the falls took place throughout the town's history, some of which powered saw mills in the nineteenth century.[4] Today, the Little Falls Dam serves as a hydroelectric station that generates power for the surrounding area.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.2 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (7.40%) is water.

U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highways 27 and 371 are three of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,719 people (2008: 8,121 population), 3,197 households, and 1,899 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,232.5 people per square mile (476.1/km²). There were 3,358 housing units at an average density of 536.2/sq mi (207.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.21% White, 0.49% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population. 38.2% were of German, 16.5% Polish, 8.4% Norwegian and 7.8% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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