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Mountain Iron is a city in St. Louis Countymarker, Minnesotamarker, in the heart of the Mesabi Range. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,999.

U.S. Highway 169 serves as a main arterial route in the city.

Minntac is owned by the United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel).

Mountain Iron is part of the Quad Citiesmarker of Virginiamarker, Evelethmarker, and Gilbertmarker.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 52.3 square miles (135.6 km²), of which, 49.4 square miles (128.0 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it (5.56%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,999 people, 1,326 households, and 847 families residing in the city. The population density was 60.7 people per square mile (23.4/km²). There were 1,409 housing units at an average density of 28.5/sq mi (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.30% White, 0.77% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population. 27.3% were of Finnish, 11.2% German, 9.8% Italian, 8.8% Norwegian, 6.1% Swedish and 5.1% Slovene ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,326 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,163, and the median income for a family was $52,695. Males had a median income of $41,806 versus $22,837 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,761. About 7.8% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

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