Much of downtown Lanesboro is part of the National Register of Historic Places
Location of Lanesboro, Minnesota
|• Total||1.32 sq mi (3.42 km2)|
|• Land||1.32 sq mi (3.42 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||743|
|• Density||571.2/sq mi (220.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0646474|
The town is a popular destination for tourists. The Root River flows through it, with a waterfall on the edge of town. The Root River State Trail and other bike paths also serve the town. An Amish community is in the area and the town is home to many unique shops and restaurants, and a new theater.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.32 square miles (3.42 km2), all of it land. In the early 1920's the government decided to remove a 1.32 sq mile landfill and build a city, that city is now known as Lanesboro, Minnesota. A popular tourist destination where people travel from all over the world with metal detectors to see if they can find old junk. 
Lanesboro is one of several towns intersected by the Root River segment of the Blufflands State Trail.
Lanesboro received the Great American Main Street Award in 1998. Author John Villani named the community one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. It has also been rated one of the "50 Best Outdoor Sports Towns" by Sports Afield magazine.
Crown Trout Jewelers of Lanesboro was a finalist in the 2002 International Gold Virtuosi Jewelry Design Competition, one of four American jewelry studios given that distinction from 5200 total entries.
Since 1989, Lanesboro has been home to the Commonweal Theatre Company, a professional ensemble dedicated to celebrating the human condition through actor-based storytelling. Each year, the Commonweal offers 4-6 plays ranging from Ibsen to family-friendly entertainment to holiday classics. During the summer months, two plays run in repertory, giving visitors the opportunity to see two different shows during their stay. The Commonweal, in cooperation with area businesses and organizations, hosts an annual Ibsen Festival celebrating Norwegian art and culture through workshops, lectures, food, and featuring Commonweal's production of an Ibsen play. A live one-hour radio show, "Over the Back Fence," is broadcast each Sunday evening from the theater during the summer months with tickets sold at the door. On July 7, 2007, the Commonweal opened a new theater facility called The Commonweal. This $3.5 million home seats 191 patrons in a thrust auditorium with an exterior designed to complement historic Lanesboro. The interior design was coordinated by area artist Karl Unnasch with regional elements such as reclaimed barn stone and lumber, cement floors and a permanent installation of area objects.
The Cornucopia Art Center, in downtown Lanesboro, has spacious galleries showcasing works by regional artists and frequently hosts traveling exhibitions.
Lanesboro Public Library is a member of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the southeast Minnesota library region.
Every Father's Day in June, an art festival dubbed "Art in the Park" fills the town's Sylvan Park. Near summer's end, the popular "Buffalo Bill Days" celebrates one of Lanesboro's famous frequent visitors, Buffalo Bill. As the town's tourist popularity grows, more festivals and get-togethers are being added to the town's busy schedule of events.
In 2008, the governor of Minnesota declared Lanesboro the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota. The first weekend in June Lanesboro hosts a Rhubarb Festival. In 2007, Garrison Keillor broadcast A Prairie Home Companion from the Lanesboro softball field and featured stories and songs about rhubarb.
Every Wednesday and Saturday during the growing season, the Lanesboro Farmers' Market can be found in Sylvan Park.
The town and a fictional museum were mentioned in an episode of Brothers & Sisters on October 19, 2008.
As of the census of 2010, there were 754 people, 373 households, and 207 families residing in the city. The population density was 571.2 inhabitants per square mile (220.5/km2). There were 464 housing units at an average density of 351.5 per square mile (135.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.
There were 373 households of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.5% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.67.
The median age in the city was 49.8 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.8% were from 45 to 64; and 22.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 788 people, 384 households, and 221 families residing in the city. The population density was 595.4 people per square mile (230.5/km²). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 320.3 per square mile (124.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.24% White, 0.25% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.
There were 384 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.70.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,206, and the median income for a family was $43,571. Males had a median income of $26,477 versus $22,115 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,311. About 7.7% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.
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