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Ely, Minnesota

Ely is a city located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,724.

Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²). 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 3,724 people, 1,694 households, and 916 families residing in the city. The population density is 528.6/km² (1,369.5/mi²). There are 1,912 housing units at an average density of 271.4/km² (703.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.86% White, 0.86% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,694 households out of which 21.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% are married couples living together, 8.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% are non-families. 39.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 21.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.05 and the average family size is 2.72.

In the city the population is spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 16.2% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $27,615, and the median income for a family is $36,047. Males have a median income of $34,559 versus $18,833 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,855. 14.5% of the population and 9.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.9% are under the age of 18 and 12.5% are 65 or older.

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