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Taconite is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.62 square miles (53.41 km²), of which, 19.91 square miles (51.57 km²) of it is land and 0.71 square miles (1.84 km²) of it is water. The elevation is 1,398 ft (426 m) above sea level.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 360 people, 151 households, and 95 families residing in the city. The population density was 18.1 inhabitants per square mile (7.0/km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 8.1 per square mile (3.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 1.1% African American, 1.9% Native American, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 151 households of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 315 people, 136 households, and 87 families residing in the city. The population density was 24.9/km² (64.5/mi²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 11.9/km² (30.7/m²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.92% White, 0.32% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.63% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 3.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.
There were 136 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,250, and the median income for a family was $50,417. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $20,357 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,357. About 14.9% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Taconite, a city in Iron Range Township, incorporated on April 20, 1909, as a village, was laid out by the Oliver Mining Company, which had opened the Holman Mine there. The Diamond Mine was the site of earliest iron mining experimentation in the late 1880s; the first experimental washing plant on the western Mesabi Range was also built there. Its post office began in 1906; it had a station serving several railroad lines in section 22 and Taconite Junction in section 27.
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
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