New Prague, Minnesota

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New Prague, Minnesota
City
Buildings in downtown New Prague
Buildings in downtown New Prague
Motto: "A Tradition Of Progress"
Location of the city of New Praguewithin Scott and Le Sueur Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of New Prague
within Scott and Le Sueur Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°32′43″N 93°34′31″W / 44.54528°N 93.57528°W / 44.54528; -93.57528
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Scott, Le Sueur
Government
 • Mayor Chuck Nickolay
Area[1]
 • Total 3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)
 • Land 3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 988 ft (301 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 7,321
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 7,428
 • Density 1,921.5/sq mi (741.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56071
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-45808
GNIS feature ID 0648516[4]
Website www.ci.new-prague.mn.us

New Prague /ˈprɡ/ PRAYG[5] is a city in Scott and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. The population was 7,321 at the 2010 census.[6]

The city is named after Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and the city and surrounding area reflect the Czech origins of many of their first settlers.

Geography[edit]

The Hotel Broz is listed on the NRHP.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.81 square miles (9.87 km2), all of it land.[1] The land around the area varies from flat, to hilly.

The city of New Prague is located in two counties, Scott and Le Sueur. North of Main Street (Highway 13/19) is Scott County; and on the south side is Le Sueur County.

Minnesota State Highways 13, 19, and 21 are three of the main routes in New Prague.

There is one lake in the New Prague area, Cedar Lake (Scott County). The lake is a popular destination for fishing, ice fishing, water skiing, and jet skiing. A snowmobile trail runs through the lake during the winter season. An aerated area is located in the eastern part of the lake. The lake is 779.5 acres (3.155 km2), has a maximum depth of 13 feet (4.0 m) and has a 3.1-foot (0.94 m) water clarity. There are numerous developments in the area, including a new development located on County Road 89 on the west side of the lake (which is located outside of the New Prague City Limits).

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 955
1900 1,228 28.6%
1910 1,554 26.5%
1920 1,540 −0.9%
1930 1,548 0.5%
1940 1,645 6.3%
1950 1,915 16.4%
1960 2,533 32.3%
1970 2,680 5.8%
1980 2,952 10.1%
1990 3,569 20.9%
2000 4,559 27.7%
2010 7,321 60.6%
Est. 2012 7,428 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 7,321 people, 2,711 households, and 1,910 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,921.5 inhabitants per square mile (741.9 /km2). There were 2,862 housing units at an average density of 751.2 per square mile (290.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,711 households of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 31.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

According to the 2000 census, 38.1% were of German, 20.9% Czech, 8.8% Norwegian, 8.0% Irish and 5.4% Czech/Slovak ancestry. Also, 92.6% spoke English, 5.5% Czech and 1.2% German as their first language.

The First National Bank building (1922) has an intricate glazed terra cotta exterior and is listed on the NRHP.

The following Demographic Data is a result of the 2000 Census: There were 1,694 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,750, and the median income for a family was $50,341. Males had a median income of $37,393 versus $25,164 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,732. About 2.6% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

Schools[edit]

There are five schools in the New Prague Area Schools (District 721): New Prague High School (9-12), New Prague Middle School (6-8), Falcon Ridge Elementary in New Prague (K-5), Raven Stream Elementary in New Prague (K-5) and Eagle View Elementary in nearby Elko New Market (K-5). The total enrollment in the district for the 2005-2006 school year was 3,205 students. New Prague High School's nickname is the Trojans. The Trojans are members of the Wright County Conference, previously members of the Missota Conference prior to the 2014 season. The sports the Trojans participate in include: Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Boys & Girls Hockey, Boys & Girls Tennis, Track, Swimming, Football, Cheerleading, Wrestling, Golf, Volleyball, Adapted Floor Hockey and Adapted Softball. New in the fall of 2007 is Boys & Girls Soccer, and new in the winter of 2009-2010 is the New Prague Trojan Dance Team.

There is also a private K-8 school located in New Prague known as St. Wenceslaus Catholic School. Their athletic symbol is the Saints. They offer multiple sports for grade 4-8. The emphasis at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School is Christian Values and Academic Excellence. Although New Prague Middle School has been ranked in the top 3 results in MN state standards test (MCA)

Holy Cross Catholic Schools serves part of the New Prague District, representing three Catholic Parishes in Lonsdale, Elko New Market and Veseli. The school opened a new building near Webster in 2005.

Dožínky[edit]

Dožínky is a Czech Harvest Festival patterned after the "Old Country" original. The Dožínky Festival in the Czech Republic is celebrated annually to give thanks for the bountiful harvest. In New Prague the festival is held on the third Saturday of each September. The town shuts down most of the downtown portion of Main Street to make host for people, food, games, a noon parade, and other fun for one day on Saturday. On the eve of the festival, Friday night, a classic and hot rod car show/drive takes place. Car enthusiasts come to show off their vehicles in a parade of cars on Main Street. Afterwards, cars are available to look at. Typically there are food and other drinks stands open during that time, and there is an alumni softball and volleyball tournament[citation needed]

Religion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 44°32′36″N 93°34′34″W / 44.54333°N 93.57611°W / 44.54333; -93.57611