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"First City on the Mississippi"
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Ojibway for "lake with crossing waters."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Bemidji. For links to other places called Bemidji, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Bemidji is 47.473N. The longitude is -94.88W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,365 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,724.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Bemidji demographic reports
Bemidji is on the Mississippi River.
Former and merged names include:
Local landmarks include giant statues of Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 44. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 3.5 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Jane Russell, actress
· Scott Baird, 2006 Olympics bronze medal winner (men's curling)
· Pete Fenson, 2006 Olympics bronze medal winner (men's curling)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Logging Days - Feb. 3, 2007
- Lefse Festival - Dec. 4, 2007
- Depot Day - Aug. 11, 2007
- Beltrami County Fair - July 25-29, 2007
- Midsommar Festival - June 24, 2007
- Dragon Boat Festival - Aug. 3-4, 2007
- Lucia Fest - Dec. 13, 2007
- Polar Daze - Jan. 18-24, 2008
Dates often change. Check Bemidji web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Paul Bunyan Playhouse summer theater
Nearby parks & recreation:
Lake Bemidji State Park, Itasca State Park, Chippewa National Forest, Cass Lake
Scenic roads: Great River Road
Colleges and universities:
Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College, Oak Hills Bible College
Bemidji the town looks like two towns, although it's actually only one, split in two where the river spills from Lake Irving into Lake Bemidji.
-- Mississippi Solo: A Memoir
Eddy L. Harris
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Ancestry & family history
24% of Bemidji residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bemidji ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bemidji was $15,264, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Bemidji residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Bemidji festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Logging Days - F
- Beltrami County Fair - J
- Polar Daze - J
- Midsommar Festival - J
- Lefse Festival - D
- Dragon Boat Festival - A
- Depot Day - A
- Lucia Fest - D
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Bemidji festival web sites:
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Median rent in Bemidji, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $396. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $656.
Libraries in Bemidji include Bemidji Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Bemidji include Bemidji Pioneer
TV stations in Bemidji include KAWE, KFTC.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCRB-FM., KNBJ.
Beltrami County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bemidji political report.
The average commute time for Bemidji workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bemidji between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Bemidji include Americinn Motel, Best Western, Comfort Inn Bemidji, Holiday Inn Express Bemidji, Northern Inn Hotel and Suites, Super 8.
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“ Bemidji the town looks like two towns, although it's actually only one, split in two where the river spills from Lake Irving into Lake Bemidji. ”
~ Mississippi Solo: A Memoir
Eddy L. Harris
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