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  •   State: 
    Beltrami County
      County FIPS: 
    47°28′25″N 94°52′49″W
      Area total: 
    22.33 sq mi
      Area land: 
    17.44 sq mi (45.17 km²)
      Area water: 
    4.89 sq mi (12.68 km²)
    1,365 ft (416 m)
    Incorporated 1896
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Bemidji, MN
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    835.71 residents per square mile of area (322.67/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Bemidji is a city and the county seat of Beltrami County, in northern Minnesota, United States. The city is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth. It is also the self-proclaimed "curling capital" of the U.S. and the alleged birthplace of legendary Paul Bunyan. The name derives from the Ojibwe Buh-mid-ji-ga-maug (Double-Vowel orthography: bemijigamaag), meaning "a lake with crossing waters". This name stems from the way that the Mississippi River flows directly through the Lake. Near Bemidji are the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Res reservation, and the Leech Lake Indian reservation. Bemidsi was incorporated on May 20, 1896, and by that time there were three publishing companies, Alber Kaiser, The Bimidji Pioneer, and The Beltramsi County News. The population was 14,574 at the 2020 census. According to 2021 census estimates, the city is estimated to have a population of 15,279, making it the biggest commercial center in the state. The town is home to the Indian Health Service, which provides health care for Native American people. It was named after Shay-now-ish-kung, who moved to the area in 1882 and became the first permanent settler of the area. He informed early white settlers of the name of the lake, but they misunderstood him to mean that bemidji was his own name, Consequently, he was known to them as Chief Bemide.


Bemidji is the primary city name, but also Turtle River, Wilton are acceptable city names or spellings, Grant Valley, Jones, Northern, Nymore, Port Hope, Sugar Bush, Ten Lake on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. Bemidji's name derives from the Ojibwe Buh-mid-ji-ga-maug (Double-Vowel orthography: bemijigamaag), meaning "a lake with crossing waters" This name stems from the way that the Mississippi River flows directly through the Lake. Shay-now-ish-kung was the first permanent settler of the area in 1882. He informed early white settlers of the name of the lake, but they misunderstood him to mean that bemidji was his own name. Consequently, he was known to them as Chief Bimidji. On occasion, the city is called Wabigamaang ("at the lake channel/narrows") because part of the city lies on the Lakes Bemidji/Irving narrows, on the south end of Lake BEMidji, and extends to the eastern shore of Lake Irving. The city is located in the state of Minnesota, and is home to the University of Minnesota. It is also home to a number of colleges, including Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Mounds View University. It also has a chapter of the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of History and Science, which was established in 1872. It was named after the first U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, who was born in 1858. The town is located on the banks of the Minnesota River, which flows through the city.


Bemidji Township was created on February 28, 1866, by an act of legislation. They called the lake Bemidjigumaug, meaning "river or crosswise". Freeman and Besty Doudic claimed 160 acres west of and including present-day Diamond Point. The Porter Nye family soon followed them on the east bank of the Mississippi River, close to Carson's Trading Post and Carl Carlson's blacksmith shop. They were seeking new timber for Walker, the Pillsburys, Henry Akeley, Charles Ruggles and Frederick Weyerhaeuser, the barons of the baron of the forest. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bemodji's business profited, providing the local economy, and services for the local area. They call the town "the oldest township" in the county, and is the county attorney declared the original Bemdji township illegal (no reason given) and the township reorganized on June 26, 1897. By 1900 the Village of Bem idji's population had grown to 2,000. The town is an important part of the local. economy, with Georgia- and. Potlatch, and Northwood Panelboard all having wlatch. and services. They are also the most popular place to buy and sell goods and services, and the best place to sell and sell them is the town's shopping mall, which is also a shopping mall. By the time there were three publishing companies, Alber Kaiser, The Bemidsi Pioneer, and The Beltrami County News, there were more than 10,000 visitors to the town.

Parks and recreation

The Paul Bunyan State Trail runs from Brainerd, Minnesota, and Lake Bemidji State Park. There are 400 lakes within 25 miles (40 km), 500 mi (800 km) of snowmobile trails, and 99 mi (160km) of cross-country ski trails. Art in the Park has been a summer highlight for BemIDji residents since 1967. The Minnesota Finlandia Ski Marathon is also held in Bemidsji every year. The town is near Chippewa National Forest, Itasca State Park, and Big Bog State Recreation Area, and state forest areas. There is also a bike trail around Lake Bimidji about 17 miles long, with rest stops along the way. In the early 21st century, dragon boat racing was the fastest growing water sport in the nation. The city is also home to the Minnesota Polar Days, also known as Winterfest, a weeklong festival that includes many different activities, such as a polar plunge, and sled derby, broomball, a 5k polar walk/run, curling, pond hockey, and a cornhole tournament. It is also the home of the Paul bunyan Triathlon, which takes place the third Saturday in August, and the Minnesota Finlandian Ski Marathon, which is held the third Sunday in November. It's also the birthplace of the Minnesota Vikings, who were founded there in 1894. The mayor and city council have been married for more than 50 years, and have a son and a daughter.


The largest earthquake on record for the Bemidji area was recorded on September 3, 1917. The epicenter was about 95 miles (153 km) away in Staples, Minnesota. The closest and most recent quake occurred in Walker, Minnesota, on September 27, 1982, with a magnitude of 2.0. The city has an area of 14.14 square miles (36.62 km²) According to the United States Census Bureau, of the city's area of land, 12.92 sq miles (33.46 km²), is land and 1.22sq miles (3.16km²) is water. Four-lane U.S. Route 2, U.S. Route 71 and Minnesota State Highway 197 are three of the main routes in the city. Minnesota State Highways 89 and 371 are nearby, as are Minnesota State roads 371 and 371. The largest city in the state is Bemidsjid, with an area measuring 14.4 square kilometres (7.7 square miles) and a population of 2,856. The nearest airport is Minneapolis-St. Paul, which is about 80 miles (130 km) to the east. BemIDSjid is located on the Minnesota River, which runs through the northern part of the state. It is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Minneapolis-Saint-Paul, the state's largest city. The BemIDsjid airport is located near the town of BemIDji, which has an elevation of 1,857 metres (3,854 ft).


Bemidji has a hemiboreal humid continental climate, Dfb in the Köppen climate classification: short, warm summers, and long, severe winters. The average mean annual temperature is 37.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest month is January with an average daily high of 16 degrees and a average daily low of 4 degrees. The warmest month of the year is July with anAverage annual humidity is 47%. The average annual snowfall is 41.1 inches and the average annual rainfall is 23.8 inches. Annual snowfall increased 5% in the 21st century vs. the 1930-1999 period, according to the National Weather Service. The Average day Lake Bemidjis freezes over is November 26 and the Average day the ice goes off the lake is April 26. The annual rainfall in the area increased by 5% over the last 100 years. The area has an average annual humidity of 47%. It has a short, hot summer and a long, cold winter. It has short, wet summers and short, cold winters. It is a Dfb climate, which means it has short and warm summers and long and wet winters, and a short and wet winter and wet autumn and spring. It also has long, hot summers and cold winters, which mean the winters are very long and very wet, with no end in sight. The temperature is usually above 40 degrees in the summer, but it can reach 50 degrees at times in the winter. In the winter, the average daily temperature is 16 degrees.


As of the census of 2010, there were 13,431 people, 5,339 households, and 2,557 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 79.4% White, 2.2% African American, 8.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian,0.1% Pacific Islander, and 9.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was2.83. The median age in theCity was 27.1 years. The city has a population density of 1,039.6 inhabitants per square mile (401.4/km²) The city's population is expected to rise to 14,574 by the 2020 census. It has a median age of 27 years and a median population of 6.2 million. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city will have a population of 14,573 by the year 2020. It is expected that the population will rise to 15,000 by that year. The population is predicted to reach 14,500 by the time the city's next census is held in 2026. It will be the largest city in the state, with an estimated population of 13,856. It also has the highest population growth rate of any U.N. member state, at 2.7%. The city is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the center of Ohio.


According to the City's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are: healthcare and social assistance, professional, scientific, and technical services, other services, arts, entertainment, and reaction, and educational services. The number of employees for the three categories was combined into one category. These are the top 15 industries in Bemidji. Some industries had a range of employees, so the average number of employee were used. The city's economy is based on the construction industry, which has the largest number of workers. The construction industry has the highest number of jobs, followed by the healthcare industry and the professional and scientific services industries. The largest employer is the hospital system, which employs more than 1,000 people. The second largest employers are the financial services industry, with over 1,200 employees. The third and fourth biggest employers are also the health care industry, and the retail industry. The fifth and sixth largest employers is the retail sector, with about 1,100 employees each. The seventh and eighth largest employers were the wholesale and distribution industries, with more than 100 employees each; the ninth and tenth largest were the publishing and publishing industries, each with over 100 employees. In the city's history, the economy has been the largest source of income for the majority of its residents. The economy has also been the biggest source of employment for many years, especially in the 1990s and early 2000s. The U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder shows that the city has the third largest population in the state.


Bemidji's government is made up of a mayor and a council, with the latter elected from five single-member districts or wards. The mayor is elected for a four-year term, and the council for a five-year terms. The city is located in the northern part of the Canadian province of Manitoba. The town has a population of around 2,000. It is home to the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (CIMSE). The city's mayor is a member of the CIMSE board of directors, which is responsible for the development of the city's infrastructure. The council is also responsible for developing the town's water supply and sewer system, and for the construction of new homes and schools. It was founded in 1903, and was named after the town of Bemidji in what is now the province of Moselle, in the north of the province. The current mayor was elected in 2008, and has been re-elected in 2012 and 2014. The government is based on a system of single member districts, or wards, with five members elected from each ward or district or district. It also has a mayor, who is elected from one of the five districts or districts, and a city council, elected from the other five wards or districts. It has been in existence since the early 20th century, and is now one of Canada's most populous cities. The population is about 2,500.

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Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota = 93.9. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Bemidji = 2.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 14,574 individuals with a median age of 32.2 age the population grows by 13.04% in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 835.71 residents per square mile of area (322.67/km²). There are average 2.73 people per household in the 1,182 households with an average household income of $52,377 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.00% of the available work force and has dropped -2.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.72%. The number of physicians in Bemidji per 100,000 population = 171.8.


The annual rainfall in Bemidji = 23.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 106. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 181. 79 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and -8.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 58, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota which are owned by the occupant = 79.34%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 26 years with median home cost = $121,470 and home appreciation of -4.81%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.87 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,678 per student. There are 13 students for each teacher in the school, 360 students for each Librarian and 1793 students for each Counselor. 10.12% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 24.06% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.78% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bemidji's population in Beltrami County, Minnesota of 2,183 residents in 1900 has increased 6,68-fold to 14,574 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.76% female residents and 50.24% male residents live in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota.

    As of 2020 in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota are married and the remaining 42.44% are single population.

  • 18.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Bemidji require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    69.11% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 17.16% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.25% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 6.19% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota, 79.34% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.98% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.68% are vacant.

  • The 45.69% of the population in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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