Watopa Township, Wabasha County, Minnesota

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Watopa Township, Minnesota
Township
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Watopa Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°15′1″N91°59′59″W / 44.25028°N 91.99972°W / 44.25028; -91.99972 Coordinates: 44°15′1″N91°59′59″W / 44.25028°N 91.99972°W / 44.25028; -91.99972
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wabasha
Area
  Total 35.6 sq mi (92.3 km2)
  Land 35.4 sq mi (91.7 km2)
  Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 778 ft (237 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 265
  Density 7.5/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 27-68638 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0665935 [2]

Watopa Township is a township in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 265 at the 2000 census.

Wabasha County, Minnesota County in the United States

Wabasha County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,676. Its county seat is Wabasha.

Minnesota State of the United States of America

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 a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord.

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Watopa Township was organized in 1858, and named for the Dakota-language word meaning "paddle a canoe". [3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²); 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.62%) is water.

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

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Demographics

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 265 people, 95 households, and 72 families residing in the township. The population density was 7.5 people per square mile (2.9/km²). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 2.9/sq mi (1.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

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

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There were 95 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.

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

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. 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. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,813, and the median income for a family was $66,042. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,418. About 4.8% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 8.7% of those sixty five or over.

Per capita income mean income of the people in an economic unit such as a country or city

Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.

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References

  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 559.