Danube, Minnesota

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Danube, Minnesota
Motto: "The City With Heart"[1]
Location of Danube, Minnesota
Location of Danube, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°47′25″N 95°6′5″W / 44.79028°N 95.10139°W / 44.79028; -95.10139
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Renville
 • Mayor Gene Allex
 • Total 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Land 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,089 ft (332 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 505
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 490
 • Density 1,074.5/sq mi (414.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56230
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-14716[5]
GNIS feature ID 0642632[6]
Website http://www.cityofdanube.com/

Danube is a city in Renville County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 505 at the 2010 census.[7]


It was first settled as Miles in 1895, and later established as Danube in 1901. A celebration was held for the towns centennial in 2001 where it recorded its first-ever fireworks display.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all of it land.[2]


As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $35,781 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,807. About 3.8% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 505 people, 209 households, and 145 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,074.5 inhabitants per square mile (414.9/km2). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 483.0 per square mile (186.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 209 households of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual cultural events[edit]

Danube Fun Days, the city's annual celebration, is an extended weekend with lots of traditional events taking place during the second weekend in July. The Wednesday night ice cream social at the United Methodist Church kicks off the celebration and always draws a good turnout. For the athletes, Fun Days hosts one of the area's best volleyball tournaments and a softball tournament. The parade typically draws 50+ floats and is a favorite for the locals. There is also a flea market in the park and a treasure hunt in which a medallion is hidden and the finder gets a prize. The street dance brings live music to town and ropes off a beer garden with burgers and hot dogs. After the band calls it a night, the younger adults typically find themselves at one of the many late-night house parties hosted throughout town. Fun Days serves as a homecoming of sorts for many of the city's former residents and a great chance to catch up with some long-lived camaraderie.[8]


The youth of Danube enjoy some unique activities that help to keep Danube special. The youth ride bicycles as their way of getting around, and typically have ridden their bikes through the streets and sidewalks of Danube enough to accumulate 5,000 miles (unofficially). Skinned knees are an epidemic with these youth. Summer Rec is also a pastime in Danube - a "little league" baseball organization that runs through most of the summer alongside swimming lessons at a neighboring town's public pool. In their teenage years, residents will typically discover that the Danube water tower can be climbed (much to the chagrin of the city maintenance workers and the lone police officer) for a great view of the city and the surrounding area. These youth also discover the quonset building just North of town which they "tag" with their name, last name, or nickname.

Adult activities include "going up town" for lunch at the cafe, catching up with the gossip at "The 1-Stop", "going up town" to get the mail, or attending the high school's various sporting events. Nightlife is monopolized by Miller's on Main - the residents' only choice for a place to sing some karaoke.

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Coordinates: 44°47′31″N 95°05′50″W / 44.79194°N 95.09722°W / 44.79194; -95.09722