Biscay

Biscay

[bis-key, -kee]
Biscay, Bay of, arm of the Atlantic Ocean, indenting the coast of W Europe from Ushant island (Île d'Ouessant) off Brittany, NW France, to Cape Ortegal, NW Spain. The bay is noted for its sudden, severe storms and its strong currents. The rocky northeastern and southern coasts of Biscay are irregular with many good harbors; numerous offshore islands are there. The southeastern shore is straight and sandy. The chief ports are Brest, Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Bayonne in France and San Sebastián, Bilbao, and Santander in Spain. Nantes and Bordeaux, at the head of the Loire and Garonne estuaries, respectively, in France, are also reached by oceangoing ships. There are several resorts along the French coast, notably Biarritz. The bay has important fishing and oyster grounds.
or Gulf of Gascony French Golfe de Gascogne Spanish Golfo de Vizcaya

Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by southwestern France and northwestern Spain. It has an area of about 86,000 sq mi (223,000 sq km) and a maximum depth of 15,525 ft (4,735 m). It is known for its rough seas. Rivers flowing into the bay include the Loire, Adour, and Garonne. Its ports include (in France) Brest, Nantes, and Bordeaux, and (in Spain) Bilbao, Santander, and Avilés; none can accommodate large vessels. French coastal resorts include La Baule, Biarritz, and Saint-Jean-de–Luz.

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or Gulf of Gascony French Golfe de Gascogne Spanish Golfo de Vizcaya

Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by southwestern France and northwestern Spain. It has an area of about 86,000 sq mi (223,000 sq km) and a maximum depth of 15,525 ft (4,735 m). It is known for its rough seas. Rivers flowing into the bay include the Loire, Adour, and Garonne. Its ports include (in France) Brest, Nantes, and Bordeaux, and (in Spain) Bilbao, Santander, and Avilés; none can accommodate large vessels. French coastal resorts include La Baule, Biarritz, and Saint-Jean-de–Luz.

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Biscay (pronounced "bis-kee") is a city in McLeod County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 114 at the 2000 census.

Location

Biscay is located at the junction of Minnesota State Highway 22 and Major Avenue, between the cities of Glencoe and Hutchinson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 114 people, 45 households, and 31 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,642.4 people per square mile (628.8/km²). There were 48 housing units at an average density of 691.5/sq mi (264.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.86% White, 6.14% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.40% of the population.

There were 45 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 2.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,583, and the median income for a family was $59,583. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,988. None of the population or the families were below the poverty line.

Tourism

  • The city of Biscay is home to the Biscay Municipal Liquor store, more commonly known as the "Biscay Bar"; it is perhaps the largest bar and liquor store within over . The liquor store offers a large menu, which includes 20 different appetizers and 17 burgers. For entertainment, the bar area has two pool tables, an electronic jukebox, and numerous TVs.
  • Located two miles (3 km) south of Bicay is the Major Avenue Hunt Club. Major Avenue offers hunters of upland native grasses, sorghum and rolling hills and of marsh and open water for the seasonal waterfowl hunters. Major Avenue Hunt Club

Biscay Days

Celebrations center around the annual car show. Over this one day event, trophies are awarded to the winners.

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