Dassel Township, Meeker County, Minnesota

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Dassel Township, Minnesota
Darwin–Dassel County Park
Darwin–Dassel County Park
Dassel Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Dassel Township, Minnesota
Dassel Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°6′N 94°19′W / 45.100°N 94.317°W / 45.100; -94.317Coordinates: 45°6′N 94°19′W / 45.100°N 94.317°W / 45.100; -94.317
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Meeker
 • Total 34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
 • Land 30.2 sq mi (78.2 km2)
 • Water 4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
Elevation 1,076 ft (328 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,361
 • Density 45.1/sq mi (17.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55325
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-14896[1]
GNIS feature ID 0663931[2]

Dassel Township is a township in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,361 at the 2000 census. The township includes the city of Dassel.

Dassel Township was organized in 1866, and named for Bernard Dassel, a railroad official.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.3 square miles (89 km2), of which 30.2 square miles (78 km2) of it is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) of it (11.88%) is water.

Dassel Township is located in Township 119 North of the Arkansas Base Line and Range 29 West of the 5th Principal Meridian.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,361 people, 464 households, and 382 families residing in the township. The population density was 45.1 people per square mile (17.4/km²). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 18.5/sq mi (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.87% White, 0.07% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population. 31.7% were of German, 21.1% Swedish, 18.2% Finnish, and 7.8% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 464 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.1% were married couples living together, 1.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 14.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the township the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $54,167, and the median income for a family was $57,434. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $30,750 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,845. About 2.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 339.