|City of Staples|
|• Mayor||Chris Etzler|
|• City Administrator||Nathan Mathews|
|• Community Development||Jerel Nelsen|
|• Police Chief||Matthew Gottschalk|
|• Fire Chief||Scott Braith|
|• Total||4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)|
|• Land||4.67 sq mi (12.10 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||1,280 ft (390 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,931|
|• Density||638.3/sq mi (246.4/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0652547|
|Website||www.staples.govoffice.com and www.greaterstaples.com|
U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highway 210 are two of the main routes in the city. The Empire Builder, an Amtrak route connecting Chicago, Illinois with Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, stops at the train station in Staples.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,981 people, 1,222 households, and 696 families residing in the city. The population density was 638.3 inhabitants per square mile (246.4 /km2). There were 1,469 housing units at an average density of 314.6 per square mile (121.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 1,222 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% 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 2.94.
The median age in the city was 38.8 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,104 people, 1,278 households, and 732 families residing in the city. The population density was 684.5 people per square mile (264.6/km²). There were 1,436 housing units at an average density of 316.7 per square mile (122.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.49% White, 0.26% African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population. 33.5% were of German, 12.5% Norwegian, 6.4% American, 6.0% Irish and 5.9% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 1,278 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% 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 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,208, and the median income for a family was $33,472. Males had a median income of $26,481 versus $18,407 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,244. About 15.4% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Loren Bain, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball
- Dick Bremer, TV broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins
- Kathryn Edin, professor of sociology at Harvard University
- Rose Edin, Watercolor painter, teacher, and author.
- Scott Grossman, a Hollywood actor and choreographer
- Jon Hassler (March 30, 1933 – March 20, 2008), an American writer and teacher known for his novels about small-town life in Minnesota.
- David Joerger, an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
- Alfred E. Perlman, President, New York Central Railroad, President Western Pacific Railroad
- Frankie Thorn, Hollywood actress
- Dallas Sams, Minnesota legislator
- Gil Skeate, fullback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League
- LaVyrle Spencer, best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels; attended high school in Staples.
- Jon Tevlin, Minneapolis Star Tribune Columnist
Staples has an Amtrak station and a municipal airport.
The official weekly newspaper of Staples is the Staples World, with a circulation of 2,400.
Staples' current City Council members are Chris Etzler (Mayor), Roy Miles (Mayor Pro-Tem), Joel Quance, Rob Schmieg, Mary Theurer, Mike Isenberg and Kevin Jenkins.
The City Administrator is Nathan Mathews. Other Department Heads include: Phil Lindaman, Clerk; Jerel Nelsen, Community & Economic Development; Matt Gottschalk, Police Chief; Scott Braith, Fire Chief; Doug Bendorf, Public Works; Kevin Grondahl, Parks & Recreation.
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