Browns Valley, Minnesota

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Browns Valley, Minnesota
City
Location of Browns Valley, Minnesota
Location of Browns Valley, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°35′41″N 96°49′54″W / 45.59472°N 96.83167°W / 45.59472; -96.83167
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Traverse
Area[1]
 • Total 0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land 0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 988 ft (301 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 589
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 570
 • Density 745.6/sq mi (287.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56219
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-08200[4]
GNIS feature ID 0659752[5]

Browns Valley is a city in Traverse County, Minnesota, United States, adjacent to the South Dakota border. The population was 589 at the 2010 census.[6]

Browns Valley lies along the Little Minnesota River between the northern end of Big Stone Lake and the southern end of Lake Traverse, which is separated from the Little Minnesota River by a low and narrow continental divide that skirts the northern edge of town. The city, both lakes, and the river lie in the Traverse Gap, the bed of ancient, south-flowing Glacial River Warren, the outlet to Glacial Lake Agassiz which, when drained, became the valley of the north-flowing Red River of the North.

History[edit]

The city was named for founder Joseph R. Brown.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), all of it land.[1]

The Browns Valley weather station often records some of Minnesota's highest summer temperatures. For example, on July 31, 2007, a high of 107°F (42°C) was registered.[8]

Browns Valley Lies in the center of Traverse Gap, a valley and ancient riverbed. This valley is also home to a continental divide. The divide is the southernmost point of the Northern Divide between the watersheds of the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans. The area is also home to Browns Valley Man, the oldest human remains found in Minnesota. The remains where found Traverse Gap and carbon dated to about 9,000 years ago.

Minnesota Highways 27 and 28 are two of the main routes in the community.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 721
1910 1,058 46.7%
1920 1,073 1.4%
1930 981 −8.6%
1940 1,075 9.6%
1950 1,117 3.9%
1960 1,033 −7.5%
1970 906 −12.3%
1980 887 −2.1%
1990 804 −9.4%
2000 690 −14.2%
2010 589 −14.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 589 people, 247 households, and 141 families residing in the city. The population density was 745.6 inhabitants per square mile (287.9 /km2). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 364.6 per square mile (140.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.2% White, 21.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 247 households of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.9% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 48.3 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 30.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 690 people, 285 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 878.5 people per square mile (337.2/km²). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 403.6 per square mile (154.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.61% White, 15.80% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 285 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% 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 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 17.8% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,563, and the median income for a family was $30,208. Males had a median income of $25,500 versus $20,139 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,062. About 10.3% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents and people[edit]

Flooding[edit]

Traverse Gap from ice-covered Lake Traverse at the bottom of frame, south to Big Stone Lake (top). The Little Minnesota River is flooding the valley floor and Browns Valley (center).

In March 2007, Browns Valley was flooded from the north and west by the Little Minnesota River. 100 people had to be evacuated from their homes, a significant percentage of the town's population.[10] The damage was significant enough to warrant a visit from Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congressman Collin Peterson.[11]

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. ^ "Profile for Browns Valley, Minnesota". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  8. ^ Mark Seeley (2006). "Minnesota WeatherTalk for Friday, August 4, 2006". Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  9. ^ Barrass, Malcolm. "Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Burnett". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Post, Tim (2007-03-15). "Flood recedes but tempers rise in Browns Valley". News and Features (Minnesota Public Radio). Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  11. ^ Post, Tim (2007-03-16). "Pawlenty and Peterson tour Browns Valley". News and Features (Minnesota Public Radio). Retrieved 2007-06-02. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°35′43″N 96°50′00″W / 45.59528°N 96.83333°W / 45.59528; -96.83333