Avoca, Minnesota

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Avoca, Minnesota
City
Location of Avoca, Minnesota
Location of Avoca, Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°56′56″N 95°38′49″W / 43.94889°N 95.64694°W / 43.94889; -95.64694
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Murray
Government
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor Roger Lindmeier
Area[1]
 • Total 1.17 sq mi (3.03 km2)
 • Land 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation 1,539 ft (469 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 147
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 144
 • Density 151.5/sq mi (58.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56114
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-03052[4]
GNIS feature ID 0639539[5]

Avoca is a city in Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 147 at the 2010 census.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.17 square miles (3.03 km2), of which 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2) is land and 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2) is water.[1] It is just south of Lime Lake.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 170
1900 338 98.8%
1910 212 −37.3%
1920 270 27.4%
1930 285 5.6%
1940 323 13.3%
1950 281 −13.0%
1960 226 −19.6%
1970 203 −10.2%
1980 201 −1.0%
1990 150 −25.4%
2000 146 −2.7%
2010 147 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 147 people, 61 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 151.5 inhabitants per square mile (58.5 /km2). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 79.4 per square mile (30.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 2.0% from other races, and 4.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 61 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% 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 3.22.

The median age in the city was 44.1 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.7% were from 25 to 44; 36% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 146 people, 67 households, and 38 families residing in the city. The population density was 134.3 people per square mile (51.7/km²). There were 73 housing units at an average density of 67.2 per square mile (25.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 67 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 117.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $25,313 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,184. There were 7.5% of families and 12.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 11.8% of under eighteens and 12.5% of those over 64.

History[edit]

In 1879, Avoca was named for the village of Avoca in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Avoca suffered two devastating fires, first in 1907 then again in 1952.[7]

A Catholic school for Indian girls ran circa 1882-1896 and later reopened in 1905 as a boys military school until it was destroyed by fire in 1910.[8][9][10][11]

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church suffered a fire in 1889 but was rebuilt though it is now closed and the structure torn down.[8] Three former Lutheran churches long ago merged into Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA). The nondenominational Word of Faith Fellowship is the only other church currently in town.

Politics[edit]

Avoca is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Avoca is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22A, represented by Republican Joe Schomacker.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 43°56′55″N 95°38′44″W / 43.94861°N 95.64556°W / 43.94861; -95.64556