Community Profile

Population: 12,165

Median Age: 30.9

Households: 3,560

Median Home Value: $193,000

Median Household Income: $80,889

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Passenger Rail / Light Rail:

The Northstar Light Rail line runs from Big Lake to the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area, and also offers Northstar Link bus service to St. Cloud.


Big Lake is located 45 miles northwest of the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport, and just 24 miles southeast of the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Interstate / Highway:

Interstate 94 and Highway 10 connect Big Lake to the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.

Quality of Life:

Big Lake is populated primarily by young families who value the quality of life that their city offers them. Big Lake ensures an exceptional quality of life by actively enhancing community cohesiveness, cultural events, parks and natural resources, technology advancements, and financial transparency. Big Lake also supports a robust partnership with the Big Lake School District.

Engaged Big Lake citizens find ideal recreational opportunities throughout its 19 beautiful maintained city parks, over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, and the Big Lake destination swimming beach. The weekly Farmers Market, Music in the Park events, and the annual Spud Fest highlight the summer season; similar community gatherings are scheduled year-round.

  1. Therese Haffner

    Therese Haffner

    Community Development Director