Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

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Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
City
Downtown Pequot Lakes
Downtown Pequot Lakes
Location of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
Location of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°36′14″N 94°18′57″W / 46.60389°N 94.31583°W / 46.60389; -94.31583
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Crow Wing
Area[1]
 • Total 18.14 sq mi (46.98 km2)
 • Land 16.33 sq mi (42.29 km2)
 • Water 1.81 sq mi (4.69 km2)
Elevation 1,283 ft (391 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,162
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,169
 • Density 132.4/sq mi (51.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56472
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-50416[4]
GNIS feature ID 0649276[5]
Website www.pequotlakes-mn.gov
The water tower in Pequot Lakes is decorated like a fishing bobber.

Pequot Lakes (/ˈpkwɑːt ˈlks/ PEE-kwaht LAYKS) is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,162 at the 2010 census.[6] It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

According to the Pequot Lakes Heritage Preservation Commission, the city once called Sibley and Frogtown was renamed as Pequot. In 1900, Walter and Flora Brown filed their plat for the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 section 10 in T136N-R29W under the title Pequot. The Pequot Indians are a tribe that used to dominate southeastern New England before the English colonists arrived. While no Pequot tribl members lived in Minnesota, they spoke an Algonquian language related to that of the local Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribes. Herman Melville named his lead ship in his novel Moby-Dick as the Pequod.

Two possible explanations for the town's name arise:

1. The local historian Carl Zapffe suggests that a variation of the Chippewa word for arrow (bikwas), as listed by Father Barroga in his Chippewa dictionary, gave rise to the word Pequot.

2. In a 1936 interview, Laurence Anderson, who moved to the town in the mid-1890sm gave the following explanation. "A daughter of 'Waubanaquot,' Chief of the White Earth Tribe, was named 'O-Pequot' and lived north of the town on the north end of Sibley Lake. She graciously allowed her dugout home to be used as a school and a church for the early settlers of the town. When she died, she was buried in the town cemetery."[citation needed]

Because there was already a town already named Sibley in southwestern Minnesota, the U.S. Post Office said the second Sibley had to take a new name. In any event, the town officially became Pequot in 1902.

Most of its current area was gained through an annexation of the entirety of the surrounding former Sibley Township on June 4, 2002.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.15 square miles (47.01 km2), of which 16.43 square miles (42.55 km2) is land and 1.81 square miles (4.69 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 260
1920 419 61.2%
1930 488 16.5%
1940 514 5.3%
1950 552 7.4%
1960 461 −16.5%
1970 499 8.2%
1980 681 36.5%
1990 843 23.8%
2000 947 12.3%
2010 2,162 128.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,162 people, 955 households, and 576 families residing in the city. The population density was 132.4 inhabitants per square mile (51.1 /km2). There were 1,392 housing units at an average density of 85.2 per square mile (32.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 955 households of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 40.6 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 947 people, 479 households, and 231 families residing in the city. The population density was 653.8 people per square mile (252.2/km²). There were 564 housing units at an average density of 389.4 per square mile (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 1.06% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 479 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 47.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 78.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,813, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $28,355 versus $18,816 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,275. About 11.5% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

FM radio

  • 104.3 KLKS Timeless music, CNN and local news, Great Lakes Weather Service Meteorologists
  • 102.7 KTIG listener supported, noncommercial Christian radio.
  • 100.1 KTIG listener supported, noncommercial Christian radio.
  • 94.7 KSKK Soft Rock Variety, CBS, local news and weather, Awesome 80's
  • 104.7 KCLD Popular music, variety, prize winnings.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Minnesota Highway 371 serves as a main route in the city.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 46°36′11″N 94°18′34″W / 46.60306°N 94.30944°W / 46.60306; -94.30944