Pine Island, Minnesota

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Pine Island, Minnesota
City Hall and downtown Pine Island
City Hall and downtown Pine Island
Location of Pine Island, Minnesota
Location of Pine Island, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°12′10″N 92°38′38″W / 44.20278°N 92.64389°W / 44.20278; -92.64389
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Goodhue, Olmsted
 • Total 5.61 sq mi (14.53 km2)
 • Land 5.59 sq mi (14.48 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 1,004 ft (306 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 3,263
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 3,297
 • Density 583.7/sq mi (225.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55963
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-51136[4]
GNIS feature ID 0649465[5]

Pine Island is a city in Goodhue and Olmsted counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 3,263 at the 2010 census.[6] Most of Pine Island is in Goodhue County, but a small part extends into Olmsted County, making that small portion part of the Rochester metropolitan area.

The community has a strong agricultural base, but has been transitioning over time into a bedroom community for nearby Rochester which employs many local residents. Large development is planned for the Olmsted County side as it becomes a suburb of Rochester, including the Elk Run Bioscience Park, and the state's first diverging diamond interchange.[7]

The small town was temporarily thrown into the national spotlight in 2002 for having been the home town of the Midwest pipe bomber Luke Helder. More recently the new city council voted to eliminate the position of city administrator. This necessitated a change in the official city code dividing the responsibilities of city administrator between remaining city employees.

Ralph Wilford Samuelson (July 3, 1904–August 28, 1977), the inventor of water skiing, moved here from Lake City, Minnesota to raise turkeys and remained here until his death in 1977.

Pine Island was flooded in September 2010, causing U.S. Highway 52, a major highway connecting the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and Rochester, Minnesota, to be closed. This resulted in traffic-filled detours. The City is working with State legislators and area towns in developing a flood mitigation work group called Zumbro & Friends to help mitigate future effects of flooding by slowing water flow along the various branches of the Zumbro River.


Pine Island lies along the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.61 square miles (14.53 km2), of which 5.59 square miles (14.48 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

U.S. Route 52 serves as a main route in the community.


Downtown and post office

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $59,792. Males had a median income of $32,788 versus $25,031 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,370. About 4.5% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,263 people, 1,292 households, and 873 families residing in the city. The population density was 583.7 inhabitants per square mile (225.4 /km2). There were 1,399 housing units at an average density of 250.3 per square mile (96.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,292 households of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.


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Coordinates: 44°12′05″N 92°38′47″W / 44.20139°N 92.64639°W / 44.20139; -92.64639