Byron, Minnesota

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Byron, Minnesota
"Where Neighbors Become Family"[1]
Location of Byron, Minnesota
Location of Byron, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°1′55″N 92°38′52″W / 44.03194°N 92.64778°W / 44.03194; -92.64778
CountryUnited States
 • MayorAndrew Ihrke
 • City CouncilMatthew Brekke
Scott Johnson
Dan Mesenburg
Steven Cook
 • Total3.01 sq mi (7.79 km2)
 • Land3.01 sq mi (7.79 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Total4,914
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,803.86/sq mi (696.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-09154[5]
GNIS feature ID0640721[6]

Byron is a city in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States, approximately 5 miles west of Rochester on U.S. Route 14. It is surrounded by Kalmar Township.[7] The population was 4,914 at the 2010 census.[8]

Local industries are in the form of farm services and printing. A grain elevator is situated next to the rail line that runs through town, which is owned by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad. Schmidt Printing (a subsidiary of Taylor Corporation) is another major company in town. Byron is also a bedroom community for nearby Rochester.


Byron was platted in 1864.[9] The city was named after Port Byron, New York by a settler from that place.[10] A post office called Byron has been in operation since 1868.[11] Byron was incorporated in 1873.[9]Before the town was established a small community was in the area. This community was known as Bear Grove, which was just west outside the current city limits.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.91 square miles (7.54 km2), all of it land.[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20175,426[4]10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 4,914 people, 1,796 households, and 1,366 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,688.7 inhabitants per square mile (652.0/km2). There were 1,891 housing units at an average density of 649.8 per square mile (250.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 1,796 households of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.9% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 31.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 7.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


A commuter bus service to Rochester is operated by Rochester City Lines and has three trips daily through Byron each day. Two of those three go directly to a park-and-ride lot on the eastern edge of town, while the third zig-zags through the city to pick up customers.

The DM&E rail line was originally built by the Winona and St. Peter Railroad, which reached west through town to neighboring Kasson in 1865. The railroad is a major reason why Byron exists at all. The station was located west of what is now Byron Avenue, and was rebuilt in 1883.[14] The Chicago and North Western Railway gained control of the Winona and St. Peter a few years after the line reached Byron. The C&NW operated the line until the 1980s, when it was spun off to create the DM&E.

Community and government[edit]

Byron has a mayor and a four-member city council. There are also four other government boards including an economic development authority and a park board. Byron City Hall is located near the elementary school on 10th Avenue. It is also a fairly new structure. The old city hall is in the center of town at Byron Avenue and 4th Street and was built in 1938.[15] The city's first water tower was built next to that location a few years earlier in 1935, though it was torn down around 2004. The Byron city flag consists of three strips of blue, white, and green. It has 3 stars and a bear in the center of the white stripe. The flag's design was chosen through a citywide contest and the winning design was made by Jeff and Allison Ihrke.

The once-weekly Byron Review newspaper covers city events. It is owned by Community News Corporation, which also operates papers in Hayfield and Dodge Center.

Parks and recreation[edit]


One of the major parks in the county, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, is 3.5 miles north of town. The zoo has dozens of animals from thirty different native species, including a number of birds, a mountain lion, wolves, otters, and some bison.

Within Byron, there are several city parks as well as a pool which operates in the summer.


Byron is home to two golf courses. Somerby Golf Club and Community is a private golf club and community, located on the north side of the city. Links of Byron [2] is on the south side of Byron, and is a 9-hole, executive length public golf course. The Links of Byron was closed in 2015.


  1. ^ "Official Website for the City of Byron Minnesota". Official Website for the City of Byron Minnesota. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Township Information". Olmsted County. Archived from the original on December 31, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 385.
  10. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 50.
  11. ^ "Olmsted County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  15. ^ "History". Byron, Minnesota. Retrieved December 31, 2009.

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Coordinates: 44°1′44.29″N 92°38′43.30″W / 44.0289694°N 92.6453611°W / 44.0289694; -92.6453611