Watkins, Minnesota

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Watkins
Meeker County Minnesota Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Watkins Highlighted.svg
Location of Watkins
within Meeker County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°18′58″N94°24′35″W / 45.31611°N 94.40972°W / 45.31611; -94.40972
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Meeker
Area
[1]
  Total0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)
  Land0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,158 ft (353 m)
Population
 (2010) [2]
  Total962
  Estimate 
(2017) [3]
942
  Density1,349.57/sq mi (521.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55389
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-68620 [4]
GNIS feature ID0653838 [5]
Website www.cityofwatkins.com

Watkins is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 962 at the 2010 census. [6]

Meeker County, Minnesota County in the United States

Meeker County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 23,300. Its county seat is Litchfield.

Minnesota U.S. state in the United States

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has many lakes, and is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord.

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.

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History

Watkins has a German-Catholic heritage with a history dating back to 1886 with the building of the Minneapolis and Pacific Railroad. The site of the village was on a farm then owned by Danville D. Spaulding and it was laid out by Spaulding, Alonzo D. Spaulding and the railroad in June of 1887. The plat was filed on August 22, 1887. The post office began in 1887. Watkins was established as a Village on May 2, 1893. It’s a city in section 2 of Forest Prairie Township, and it was named by officers of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad for an official of the railroad. Nothing more is known about the man the town was named after. Joseph Vossen and Alonzo D. Spaulding had the first business, a lumber yard and grain storehouse in 1887. Six months later, Vossen bought out Spaulding to run the business by himself. Watkins was separated from the Forest Prairie Township on March 23, 1917. Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the community, while CSAH #2 runs north and south through the City. The population was 962 at the 2010 census. On July 11, 2016, an EF 1 tornado tore through town, causing damage to trees and homes along with other buildings, taking part of the roof off the nursing home. Luckily, only one person was injured.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2), all of it land. [7]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the community.

Minnesota State Highway 55 is a highway in west-central, central, and east-central Minnesota, which runs from the North Dakota state line near Tenney and continues east and southeast to its eastern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 61 in Hastings.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1900 250
1910 36646.4%
1920 45424.0%
1930 51814.1%
1940 58412.7%
1950 65912.8%
1960 74412.9%
1970 7855.5%
1980 757−3.6%
1990 84912.2%
2000 8803.7%
2010 9629.3%
Est. 2017942 [3] −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]

2010 census

As of the census [2] of 2010, there were 962 people, 398 households, and 236 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,354.9 inhabitants per square mile (523.1/km2). There were 438 housing units at an average density of 616.9 per square mile (238.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.3% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. This term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include traditional culture, business, supplies, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practices.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 398 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97.

Marriage Social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally recognised union between people, called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses."

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census [4] of 2000, there were 880 people, 336 households, and 206 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,722.7 people per square mile (666.2/km²). There were 367 housing units at an average density of 718.4 per square mile (277.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.32% White, 0.34% African American, 0.11% Asian, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 336 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,188, and the median income for a family was $41,786. Males had a median income of $35,435 versus $19,318 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,950. About 6.7% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 45°18′55″N94°24′31″W / 45.31528°N 94.40861°W / 45.31528; -94.40861