Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

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Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
City
1899 C. Berg Hotel (NRHP), 2012
1899 C. Berg Hotel (NRHP), 2012
Nickname(s): The eye
Location of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Location of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°17′44″N 94°43′25″W / 44.29556°N 94.72361°W / 44.29556; -94.72361
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Brown
Government
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor James Broich
Area[1]
 • Total 2.02 sq mi (5.23 km2)
 • Land 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
 • Water 0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
Elevation 1,024 ft (312 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 3,599
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 3,524
 • Density 2,056.6/sq mi (794.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56085
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-60844[4]
GNIS feature ID 0652150[5]

Sleepy Eye is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,599 at the 2010 census.[6]

History[edit]

Sleepy Eye is named after Chief Sleepy Eye who was known as a compassionate person with droopy eyelids (or maybe just one), hence his name. The Chief was one of four Sioux Native Americans (four Ojibwe also attended) chosen to meet President James Monroe in 1824 in the nation's capital. Later, Sleepy Eye was an integral player in the 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, which gave all of the land but a 10-mile swath on each side of the upper Minnesota River to the U.S. government. His recommendations to traders led to the successful settlement of Mankato, away from flood areas, and the Chief eventually settled his people near the lake now known as Sleepy Eye Lake.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.02 square miles (5.23 km2), of which, 1.75 square miles (4.53 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,513
1900 2,048 35.4%
1910 2,247 9.7%
1920 2,449 9.0%
1930 2,576 5.2%
1940 2,923 13.5%
1950 3,278 12.1%
1960 3,492 6.5%
1970 3,461 −0.9%
1980 3,581 3.5%
1990 3,694 3.2%
2000 3,515 −4.8%
2010 3,599 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,599 people, 1,475 households, and 931 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,056.6 inhabitants per square mile (794.1/km2). There were 1,605 housing units at an average density of 917.1 per square mile (354.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 4.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.0% of the population.

There were 1,475 households of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 42.2 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,515 people, 1,479 households, and 942 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.9 people per square mile (812.7/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 950.5 per square mile (367.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.03% White, 0.23% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 3.90% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.80% of the population.

There were 1,479 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,123, and the median income for a family was $48,500. Males had a median income of $31,612 versus $22,907 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,175. About 4.7% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

Events[edit]

  • Every August the residents of Sleepy Eye host the annual "Corn Days" event, where free buttered corn is provided, as well as live music, a flea market, parade, and various other events.

Pop Culture[edit]

Residents of Sleepy Eye made national headlines in the early 1990s for trying to ban MTV in the town.[7] Sleepy Eye was mentioned repeatedly on the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Many scenes were filmed in a town made to look like Sleepy Eye in the 1880s.

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 14 and Minnesota State Highways 4, and 68 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.

Notable people[edit]

  • Dana Kiecker, former Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in Sleepy Eye.
  • Jack, Greg, and Ginny, infamous sleepy eyed siblings.
  • John Louis Nuelsen, former Methodist Pastor, college and seminary professor, theologian, author, editor.

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Coordinates: 44°17′50″N 94°43′27″W / 44.29722°N 94.72417°W / 44.29722; -94.72417