Cokato, Minnesota

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Cokato, Minnesota
City
Downtown Cokato
Downtown Cokato
Motto: "In The Midst Of Opportunity"[1]
Location of the city of Cokatowithin Wright County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Cokato
within Wright County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°4′32″N 94°11′21″W / 45.07556°N 94.18917°W / 45.07556; -94.18917
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wright
Government
 • Mayor Gordon Erickson [2]
Area[3]
 • Total 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Land 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,056 ft (322 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 2,694
 • Estimate (2012[5]) 2,726
 • Density 1,726.9/sq mi (666.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55321
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-12430[6]
GNIS feature ID 0641381[7]
Website www.cokato.mn.us

Cokato is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,694 at the 2010 census.[8]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2), all of it land.[3]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the city.

History[edit]

Cokato was named after the Siouan word for "at the middle."[9] The first settlers came to the Cokato area in 1858. Early settlers were speculators from New York, New Hampshire and Maine. Soon after that, European immigrants, predominantly from Finland and Sweden, but also from Norway, Germany, Poland, and Bohemia, arrived and settled the area.[10]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 2,694 people, 1,000 households, and 652 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,726.9 inhabitants per square mile (666.8 /km2). There were 1,103 housing units at an average density of 707.1 per square mile (273.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 1,000 households of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 31.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,727 people, 990 households, and 663 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,125.8 people per square mile (822.6/km²). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 806.8 per square mile (312.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.81% White, 0.15% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population. 29.5% were of German, 24.2% Finnish, 15.3% Swedish and 9.8% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 990 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,613, and the median income for a family was $51,645. Males had a median income of $35,362 versus $21,484 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,149. About 7.1% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

The city of Cokato is home to the Cokato Museum & Gust Akerlund Studio. The museum is a local history museum dedicated to chronicling the story of the people of the city of Cokato, and the surrounding townships, in southwest Wright County. The Akerlund Studio is a restored photography studio, and home of Gust Akerlund, who operated the studio during the early 20th century.[11]

Cokato hosts the Cokato Corn Carnival annually during the second week of August in Peterson Park, near Cokato Elementary School. The highlight of the festival is the serving of free corn-on-the-cob, along with a parade, midway and carnival rides, musical entertainment, the Miss Cokato coronation, and other events.[12]

The Aho family of Cokato was featured by journalist Steve Hartman on CBS News Sunday Morning on December 9, 2012, for having twelve sons who all played football at the local high school over a period of more than two decades. [2]

Notable people[edit]

  • David Bromstad – interior designer and television personality. In 2006, he became the winner of the debut season of the HGTV series Design Star. He is the host of his own television show, Color Splash with David Bromstad, which debuted in 2007 on HGTV. Born in Cokato.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Cokato Minnesota". City of Cokato Minnesota. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.cokato.mn.us/?page_id=91
  3. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Profile for Cokato, Minnesota, MN". ePodunk. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ City of Cokato. "History". Retrieved 2010-11-02
  11. ^ City of Cokato. "Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio". Retrieved 2010-11-02. [1]
  12. ^ City of Cokato. "Corn Carnival". Retrieved 2010-11-02
  13. ^ "David Bromstad". IMDb. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°04′33″N 94°11′24″W / 45.07583°N 94.19000°W / 45.07583; -94.19000