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Rainy Lake

Rainy Lake

Rainy Lake, c.345 sq mi (890 sq km), on the U.S.-Canada border in N Minn. and W Ont. The lake, irregular in shape and dotted with islands, is located in rough woodlands. Its outlet, Rainy River (c.85 mi/140 km long), flows westerly along the international border to Lake of the Woods, passing International Falls (site of a power plant) and Baudette, Minn.

Narrow lake astride the Canadian-U.S. border, between Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. Rainy Lake is about 50 mi (80 km) long and has an area of 360 sq mi (932 sq km). Its shores are irregular and deeply indented, and it contains more than 500 islands. The region is the site of several Indian reservations and is popular for hunting, fishing, and canoeing.

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Rainy Lake is an unorganized territory in Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,469 at the 2000 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the unorganized territory has a total area of 387.2 square miles (1,002.8 km²), of which, 350.2 square miles (906.9 km²) of it is land and 37.0 square miles (95.9 km²) of it (9.56%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,469 people, 1,774 households, and 1,332 families residing in the unorganized territory. The population density was 12.8 people per square mile (4.9/km²). There were 2,248 housing units at an average density of 6.4/sq mi (2.5/km²). The racial makeup of the unorganized territory was 97.67% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 1,774 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the unorganized territory the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.4 males.

The median income for a household in the unorganized territory was $46,250, and the median income for a family was $51,791. Males had a median income of $42,622 versus $25,895 for females. The per capita income for the unorganized territory was $21,404. About 5.1% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

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