Cities and townships of Redwood County
|• Mayor||Jeff VanDeWiele|
|• Total||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|• Land||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,109 ft (338 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||248|
|• Density||969.2/sq mi (374.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0647895|
The city of Milroy was platted in 1902 by the Western Town Lot Company, a subsidiary of the Chicago & North Western Railway. The 25 mile long rail line known as the Evan-Marshall Line, which ran from Evan, Minnesota to Marshall, Minnesota. The lots platted were sold April 9, 1902, and many new business began even before houses were built.
The first couple of years were good ones for Milroy. Many business thrived on the railroad, Milroy has had a: newspaper, community bank, hotel, livery yard, creamery and lumber yard. There has been several general stores, cafes, hardware stores, grocery stores and gas stations throughout the years. Milroy was a very heavy grain and livestock shipping station, carrying eight to ten carloads a week. Prior to 1919, there had been daily freight and passenger service. By 1952, the service had been reduced to one freight per day, excluding weekends, and service was later discontinued in 1979 and the tracks were removed.
In the seventies and eighties roads improved, traveling became easier and railroads were not as important as they once were. Adding these factors to the tough competition of big-box stores and decreasing demand and need for small businesses. Many of them, thriving at one time, closed their doors for good or already were closed. Many buildings were subsequently demolished.
The population of Milroy decreased after 1960 to 242 in 1980. This common trend in small towns across America is known as rural flight. The causes of this are primarily due to adaption of industrialized agriculture and urbanization. In 1990 the population increased to 297 (which could be contributed the growth of nearby Marshall, Minnesota and using Milroy as a bedroom community) and now the population is on the decline.
As of the census of 2010, there were 252 people, 114 households, and 66 families residing in the city. The population density was 969.2 inhabitants per square mile (374.2/km2). There were 127 housing units at an average density of 488.5 per square mile (188.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.4% White, 1.2% Asian, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.
There were 114 households of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 0.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.1% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the city was 37 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 271 people, 119 households, and 76 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,066.0 people per square mile (418.5/km²). There were 132 housing units at an average density of 519.2 per square mile (203.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.42% White, 0.74% Native American, 0.74% Asian, and 1.11% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.
There were 119 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 122.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,625, and the median income for a family was $36,042. Males had a median income of $29,722 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,866. About 5.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.
- Edwin W. Rawlings (1904–1997) – Born in Milroy, he served in the United States Air Force from 1929 to 1959, rising to the rank of four-star general; after his retirement from military service, he went on to become president and board chairman of General Mills, based in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
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