Appleton, Minnesota

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Appleton, Minnesota
City
Appleton's Old City Hall
Appleton's Old City Hall
Nickname(s): "Home of Honored Veterans"
Location of Appleton, Minnesota
Location of Appleton, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°12′5″N 96°1′11″W / 45.20139°N 96.01972°W / 45.20139; -96.01972
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Swift
Area[1]
 • Total 2.04 sq mi (5.28 km2)
 • Land 1.97 sq mi (5.10 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation 1,007 ft (307 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,412
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,378
 • Density 716.8/sq mi (276.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56208
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-01864[4]
GNIS feature ID 0639416[5]
Website www.appletonmn.com

Appleton is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,412 at the 2010 census.[6] The town is home to a vacant medium-security prison, the Prairie Correctional Facility, which is wholly owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. Appleton's economy took a huge hit when the prison closed in 2010.

Elmer A. Benson, who served as a United States Senator and as governor of Minnesota, was born in Appleton on September 23, 1895. Appleton is also home to many retirees and military veterans. All of its twenty-some streets, except Minnesota Street, are named for local veterans who died in combat. It appears that if any more Appleton veterans die in combat, there are no streets left to be used as memorials.

History[edit]

Gethsemane Episcopal Church on North Hering Street at Snelling Avenue was built in 1879 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2); 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.[1] The Pomme de Terre River flows through the city.[7]

U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highways 7 and 119 are three of the main routes in the city.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 400
1890 994 148.5%
1900 1,184 19.1%
1910 1,221 3.1%
1920 1,579 29.3%
1930 1,625 2.9%
1940 1,877 15.5%
1950 2,256 20.2%
1960 2,172 −3.7%
1970 1,789 −17.6%
1980 1,842 3.0%
1990 1,552 −15.7%
2000 2,871 85.0%
2010 1,412 −50.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,412 people, 677 households, and 342 families residing in the city. The population density was 716.8 inhabitants per square mile (276.8/km2). There were 851 housing units at an average density of 432.0 per square mile (166.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 1.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 677 households of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.5% were non-families. 44.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,871 people, 729 households, and 376 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,442.2 people per square mile (557.0/km²). There were 860 housing units at an average density of 432.0 per square mile (166.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.13% White, 10.73% African American, 1.57% Native American, 5.02% Asian, 6.27% Pacific Islander, 2.40% from other races, and 5.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.84% of the population. Total U.S. Census population number, includes about 1,000 inmates in the state prison.

There were 729 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were non-families. 45.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 12.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 42.7% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 240.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 266.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,950, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $26,991 versus $20,991 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,429. About 9.9% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 23.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Appleton Public Schools are part of the Lac Qui Parle Valley School District. Schools in the district include MMN Elementary School, Appleton Elementary School, LqPV Middle School and Lac Qui Parle Valley High School.

Appleton Elementary School is located in Appleton.

Brad Madsen is the Superintendent of Schools.[8]

Television[edit]

Appleton has one full-service television station, PBS member station KWCM-TV. Appleton is also home to several low-power free-to-air and pay TV stations that show programming normally seen on cable television. While this phenomenon is fairly common in Canada, it is unusual in the United States. The following stations are licensed to Appleton:

Free-to-air Stations:

Defunct TV Stations:

Notable natives and residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. p. 36. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  8. ^ "Lac qui Parle Valley School District #2853". Lac qui Parle Valley School District #2853. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°11′49″N 96°01′11″W / 45.19694°N 96.01972°W / 45.19694; -96.01972