East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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East Grand Forks City Hall

East Grand Forks is a city located in Polk County, Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,501. It is located on the eastern banks of the Red River of the North directly across from the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The two communities make up the metropolitan area often called Greater Grand Forks.

The city, along with Grand Forks, was heavily damaged by a 1997 flood. The city has rebuilt itself, and the once-inundated downtown area contains a number of businesses including a Cabela's sporting goods store.

The famous Whitey's Bar and Cafe is also located in the downtown area. This beloved institution has been operating continuously since the 1930s and was once the center of East Grand Forks' reputation as a wild town akin to Chicago during the days of Prohibition. Ripley's Believe It or Not once labeled a portion of the downtown area as the highest concentration of neon signage in the world. Since the flood, the restaurant has relocated to a new area of downtown called the Boardwalk which is an area lined with popular dining establishments.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 km² (5.0 mi²). 12.9 km² (5.0 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 7,501 people, 2,929 households, and 1,933 families residing in the city. The population density is 579.2/km² (1,501.5/mi²). There are 3,108 housing units at an average density of 240.0/km² (622.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 90.97% White, 0.52% African American, 1.68% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.47% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. 7.53% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,929 households out of which 36.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% are married couples living together, 11.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% are non-families. 28.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.54 and the average family size is 3.16.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,866, and the median income for a family is $47,846. Males have a median income of $33,134 versus $22,094 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,599. 12.4% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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