Fergus Falls Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

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Fergus Falls Township, Minnesota
Fergus Falls Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Fergus Falls Township, Minnesota
Fergus Falls Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°19′24″N 96°6′5″W / 46.32333°N 96.10139°W / 46.32333; -96.10139Coordinates: 46°19′24″N 96°6′5″W / 46.32333°N 96.10139°W / 46.32333; -96.10139
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Otter Tail
 • Total 28.6 sq mi (74.0 km2)
 • Land 27.9 sq mi (72.4 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation 1,266 ft (386 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,051
 • Density 37.6/sq mi (14.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 56537-56538
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-20924[1]
GNIS feature ID 0664160[2]

Fergus Falls Township is a township in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,051 at the 2000 census.

Fergus Falls Township was organized in 1870, and named for James Fergus, an early settler, and a series of rapids on the river.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which 27.9 square miles (72 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (2.17%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,051 people, 358 households, and 308 families residing in the township. The population density was 37.6 people per square mile (14.5/km²). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 13.2/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.14% White, 0.29% African American, 0.19% Native American, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 358 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.5% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.7% were non-families. 9.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 108.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $54,345, and the median income for a family was $55,179. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $21,923 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,003. About 2.6% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and none 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. 394.