|Motto: "Lakes, Loons, Living"|
Location of Avon
within Stearns County, Minnesota
|• Total||1.48 sq mi (3.83 km2)|
|• Land||1.48 sq mi (3.83 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,132 ft (345 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,409|
|• Density||943.2/sq mi (364.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0639541|
The community is named after the Avon River in England.
Interstate 94 and Stearns County Road 9 are two of the main routes in the city. Other routes include County Road 54.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,396 people, 557 households, and 393 families residing in the city. The population density was 943.2 inhabitants per square mile (364.2/km2). There were 592 housing units at an average density of 400.0 per square mile (154.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.
There were 557 households of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,242 people, 470 households, and 355 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,201.8 people per square mile (465.6/km²). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 476.1 per square mile (184.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.36% White, 0.08% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.
There were 470 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,721, and the median income for a family was $53,214. Males had a median income of $37,386 versus $25,238 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,980. About 1.3% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Annual cultural events
Within Avon's city boundaries are three lakes which are named Upper Spunk, Middle Spunk, and Lower Spunk Lake. In honor of these lakes, Avon hosts an annual celebration called "Spunktacular Days", "Spunk Days" for short. The word "spunk" means material to start a fire, or torchwood, which settlers used to gather in the area. In total there are eight lakes within the city of Avon.
References in popular culture
In the 35th anniversary broadcast of the radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which was performed live in Avon on July 4, 2009, radio personality Garrison Keillor referred to Avon as being "about as close to Lake Wobegon as you can get."
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- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "Profile for Avon, Minnesota, MN". ePodunk. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- Definition of "spunk"
- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor | American Public Media, 35th anniversary show announcement
- 'Bishop Alphose Sowada, an Avon native, dead at 84,' Saint Cloud Times (SCTimes.com), Retrieved January 11, 2014