Freeport, Minnesota

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Freeport, Minnesota
City
Motto: The city with a smile
Location of Freeportwithin Stearns County, Minnesota
Location of Freeport
within Stearns County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°40′N 94°41′W / 45.667°N 94.683°W / 45.667; -94.683
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns
Government
 • Mayor Matt Worms
Area[1]
 • Total 1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,243 ft (379 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 632
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 658
 • Density 549.6/sq mi (212.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56331
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-22652[4]
GNIS feature ID 0643925[5]
Website www.freeportmn.org
Freeport's water tower greets travelers along Interstate 94 with a smiley face

Freeport is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 632 at the 2010 census.[6] Freeport is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

A post office called Freeport has been in operation since 1881.[7] The city was named after Freeport, Illinois.[8] Freeport was incorporated in 1892.[8]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2), all of it land.[1]

The city of Freeport is located within Oak Township geographically but is a separate entity.

Freeport is located along Interstate 94. Other routes include Stearns County Roads 11 and 157. Getchell Creek flows nearby.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 313
1910 450 43.8%
1920 525 16.7%
1930 456 −13.1%
1940 548 20.2%
1950 558 1.8%
1960 615 10.2%
1970 593 −3.6%
1980 563 −5.1%
1990 556 −1.2%
2000 454 −18.3%
2010 632 39.2%
Est. 2015 659 [9] 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 632 people, 271 households, and 184 families residing in the city. The population density was 549.6 inhabitants per square mile (212.2/km2). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 243.5 per square mile (94.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 2.5% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 271 households of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 454 people, 190 households, and 132 families residing in the city. The population density was 514.3 people per square mile (199.2/km²). There were 199 housing units at an average density of 225.4 per square mile (87.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.34% White, 0.22% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 190 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,955, and the median income for a family was $39,063. Males had a median income of $31,964 versus $22,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,827. About 3.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

In the media[edit]

Garrison Keillor, creator of Lake Wobegon and host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, has written that Stearns County in general and Freeport specifically, in addition to other small Minnesota towns, were inspirations for his fictional town, Lake Wobegon. In 1998, the county honored Keillor and his show by naming a section of abandoned rail line the Lake Wobegon Trail.[11]

An aerial shot of Freeport, including the iconic water tower, was featured in the opening scene of episode 4 of the Syfy miniseries Ascension.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stearns County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 524. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ In Search of Lake Wobegon (National Geographic Magazine); Garrison Keillor; December 2000

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°40′N 94°41′W / 45.667°N 94.683°W / 45.667; -94.683