Montevideo, Minnesota

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Montevideo, Minnesota
City
Location of Montevideo, Minnesota
Location of Montevideo, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°56′55″N 95°43′13″W / 44.94861°N 95.72028°W / 44.94861; -95.72028
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Chippewa
Government
 • Type Council – Manager
 • Mayor Debra Lee Fader
Area[1]
 • Total 4.85 sq mi (12.56 km2)
 • Land 4.76 sq mi (12.33 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation 932 ft (284 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,383
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,247
 • Density 1,130.9/sq mi (436.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56265
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-43720[4]
GNIS feature ID 0648046[5]

Montevideo /ˌmɒntəˈvɪdi./ is a city in Chippewa County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,383 at the 2010 census.[6] It is the county seat of Chippewa County.

History[edit]

Restored Milwaukee Road depot, which was featured in the movie Sweet Land

During the 18th century, Europeans established a fur-trading post near the rivers and traded with Native Americans in the area. Later, Montevideo became an agricultural center.

On the edge of Montevideo, just off U.S. Route 212, stands the Camp Release State Monument. The Minnesota River Valley and Montevideo played an integral part in the United States - Dakota Conflict of 1862. At this site in the fall of 1862 the Dakota combatants surrendered and released 269 captives to Colonel Henry Sibley. The Camp Release Monument was dedicated on July 4, 1894.

In 2004 the city was honored with the presentation of the National Civic League's All-America City Award, which is given to only ten cities a year. The award is the oldest and most respected community recognition program in the nation and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.

Montevideo is a cosmopolitan small town with active industry, commerce and retail areas.

Montevideo's sister city is Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1949 a statue of José Artigas, Uruguay's leader of independence, was given to the Minnesota community by Uruguayan citizens. Each year Montevideo marks Fiesta Days in honor of its association with its sister city. Montevideo continues with a long term relationship with Montevideo, Uruguay.

In 2013 the FBI said it had disrupted a planned terrorist attack in the town, after they arrested a man armed with Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs and firearms.[7][8]

Geography[edit]

Montevideo is located in a double river valley where the Minnesota and Chippewa rivers converge, approximately 140 miles (230 km) west of Minneapolis at the junction of U.S. Routes 59 and 212 with Minnesota State Highways 7 and 29.

The surrounding topography is dominated by farmland and prairies, as well as river valleys with many scenic overlooks and small bluffs.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.85 square miles (12.56 km2), of which, 4.76 square miles (12.33 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Montevideo, as with the rest of Minnesota, has a four-season humid continental climate with great differences between summer and winter.[9] Average July high is 28 °C (82 °F) with average January high being −6 °C (21 °F).[10] This extreme continental effect is caused by Montevideo being far from any large bodies of water, ensuring no seasonal moderation. This means that summers are hotter than areas further south along the Great Lakes, but winters are comparable to subarctic climates in far northern Europe, in spite of the much longer day during that time of the year. However, due to Montevideo's southerly location in the state and relative proximity to the subtropics, it can sometimes record temperatures much above the averages due to prevailing warm winds. Temperatures of 40 °C (104 °F) have been measured as early as May and as late as September.[10] However, corresponding lows below −30 °C (−22 °F) have also been observed in all months from November to March. Unlike the more northerly locations of the state however, Montevideo only has three months yearly where the average high is below the freezing point. However in spite of this 175 days on average see air frost

Climate data for Montevideo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15
(59)
16
(61)
26
(79)
32
(90)
40
(104)
39
(102)
41
(106)
38
(100)
40
(104)
33
(91)
23
(73)
17
(63)
41
(106)
Average high °C (°F) −6
(21)
−4
(25)
2
(36)
12
(54)
20
(68)
25
(77)
28
(82)
27
(81)
22
(72)
15
(59)
3
(37)
−3
(27)
11.8
(53.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11
(12)
−9
(16)
−2
(28)
6
(43)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(70)
20
(68)
15
(59)
8
(46)
−1
(30)
−7
(19)
5.9
(42.5)
Average low °C (°F) −16
(3)
−15
(5)
−7
(19)
1
(34)
7
(45)
12
(54)
15
(59)
14
(57)
9
(48)
2
(36)
−6
(21)
−12
(10)
0.3
(32.6)
Record low °C (°F) −38
(−36)
−38
(−36)
−35
(−31)
−20
(−4)
−6
(21)
- 3
(37)
- −6
(21)
−18
(0)
−30
(−22)
−37
(−35)
−38
(−36)
Precipitation mm (inches) 10
(0.39)
10
(0.39)
30
(1.18)
50
(1.97)
70
(2.76)
100
(3.94)
70
(2.76)
90
(3.54)
70
(2.76)
30
(1.18)
20
(0.79)
10
(0.39)
560
(22.05)
Source: [11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 862
1890 1,437 66.7%
1900 2,146 49.3%
1910 3,056 42.4%
1920 4,419 44.6%
1930 4,319 −2.3%
1940 5,220 20.9%
1950 5,459 4.6%
1960 5,693 4.3%
1970 5,661 −0.6%
1980 5,845 3.3%
1990 5,499 −5.9%
2000 5,346 −2.8%
2010 5,383 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,383 people, 2,326 households, and 1,404 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,130.9 inhabitants per square mile (436.6/km2). There were 2,510 housing units at an average density of 527.3 per square mile (203.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 4.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.4% of the population.

There were 2,326 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 20.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 5,346 people, 2,353 households, and 1,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,190.5 people per square mile (459.7/km²). There were 2,551 housing units at an average density of 568.1 per square mile (219.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.10% White, 0.11% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

There were 2,353 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,447, and the median income for a family was $44,706. Males had a median income of $30,838 versus $19,013 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,025. About 4.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

Local media[edit]

KDMA, KKRC, and KMGM are local radio stations owned by Iowa City Broadcasting Company, Inc. KKRM is owned by Thunderhawk Broadcasting, Inc.

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Montevideo is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°56′33″N 95°43′25″W / 44.94250°N 95.72361°W / 44.94250; -95.72361