Gentilly Township, Polk County, Minnesota

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Gentilly Township, Minnesota
Gentilly Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Gentilly Township, Minnesota
Gentilly Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 47°47′48″N 96°24′21″W / 47.79667°N 96.40583°W / 47.79667; -96.40583Coordinates: 47°47′48″N 96°24′21″W / 47.79667°N 96.40583°W / 47.79667; -96.40583
CountryUnited States
 • Total32.0 sq mi (82.9 km2)
 • Land32.0 sq mi (82.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
958 ft (292 m)
 • Total319
 • Density10.0/sq mi (3.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)218
FIPS code27-23480[1]
GNIS feature ID0664258[2]

Gentilly Township is a township in Polk County, Minnesota, United States. It is part of the Grand Forks-ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 319 at the 2000 census. Founded by French-Canadians,[3] Gentilly Township was organized in 1879, and named after Gentilly, Quebec.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.0 square miles (83 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 319 people, 115 households, and 90 families residing in the township. The population density was 10.0 people per square mile (3.8/km²). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 3.7/sq mi (1.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.87% White, 2.19% Native American, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.82% of the population.

There were 115 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the township the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $34,583, and the median income for a family was $46,058. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the township was $15,313. About 2.2% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Benoit, Virgil. "Gentilly: a French-Canadian community in the Minnesota Red River Valley" (PDF). Minnesota History (Winter 1975): 278–289. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 425.