Location of Renville, Minnesota
|• Total||1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)|
|• Land||1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,073 ft (327 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,254|
|• Density||925.9/sq mi (357.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0649934|
U.S. Route 212 and County Highway 6 are two of the main routes in the city.
The city and county of Renville were named for Joseph Renville, a man of French and Dakota descent who had extensive knowledge of the wilderness and served as a guide for many expeditions. Renville founded Fort Renville and served as a captain during the War of 1812. He was a courier, interpreter, and founder of the Columbia Fur Company. He earned respect that cut across the racial and ethnic boundaries of that era.
The city of Renville was platted in September 1878, when the railroad reached the area. It was incorporated in 1906. It has grown from a population of 250 in 1900 to more than 1,300 residents today.
It is situated near the Minnesota River Valley in a fertile agricultural area known for its high productivity. Renville's economy, past and present, is based largely upon agribusiness. Renville serves as an agricultural service and distribution center for the surrounding area, and the city boasts the world's largest sugar beet processing plant.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,287 people, 538 households, and 316 families residing in the city. The population density was 925.9 inhabitants per square mile (357.5 /km2). There were 606 housing units at an average density of 436.0 per square mile (168.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.2% of the population.
There were 538 households of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.05.
The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 23.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,323 people, 508 households, and 329 families residing in the city. The population density was 948.9 people per square mile (367.5/km²). There were 544 housing units at an average density of 390.2 per square mile (151.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.82% White, 0.08% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 5.74% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.37% of the population.
There were 508 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,206, and the median income for a family was $47,315. Males had a median income of $35,337 versus $21,576 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,139. About 7.5% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
Agriculture is the primary business in Renville and agriculture related businesses tend to thrive there. K&M manufacturing is a prime example of an ag-related business in Renville . K&M (which stands for Kleinhuizen and Mulder after founders Nicholas Kleinhuizen and "Muff" Mulder) manufactures tractor seats and ag-related items. Multiple US patent holders either have resided in Renville or have grown up in Renville, including employees of K&M, plus residents Niclas Wolterstorff, Dan Schemel and Richard Fredickson.
The town of Renville includes a small grocery store (Maynards), clinic, 2 thrift shops, K-12 school, 2 gas stations, 1 restaurant, hardware store, dentist, 3 parks, post office, fitness center, library, police station, community center, hair salon, bar, and an auto dealership. There are also several churches in town, and most people are Catholic or Lutheran. Bart's Place restaurant/bar is a common meeting place among locals young and old. The Handi-Stop gas station on the edge of town is Renville's main station. Many wedding, school, and church events are held at the downtown Community Center, which is also connected to the public library. Renville County West is the name of the school. Grade sizes range from 30-50 students. Games are held in the high school gym weekly in the evens, and you will catch a good portion of the town at every game. On the weekends you will find the bars downtown hold a pretty good night life. Teens tend to head into the country for their night life. Your typical get together would be in a barn, field, or at the river bottom. In the summer you can take a dip in one of the areas gravel pits, just watch out for the cops, after a long day of work, which consists of farming for most in this area. Many families have been in this area for generations and the common names you will here are Agre, Freiborg, Bratsch, and Decknatel.
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