Mason Township, Murray County, Minnesota

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Mason Township, Minnesota
Township
Mason Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Mason Township, Minnesota
Mason Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°4′20″N 95°45′2″W / 44.07222°N 95.75056°W / 44.07222; -95.75056Coordinates: 44°4′20″N 95°45′2″W / 44.07222°N 95.75056°W / 44.07222; -95.75056
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Murray
Area
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Land 34.6 sq mi (89.7 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Elevation 1,608 ft (490 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 284
 • Density 8.2/sq mi (3.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 27-40958[1]
GNIS feature ID 0664928[2]

Mason Township is a township in Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 284 at the 2000 census.

Mason Township was originally called Okcheeda Township, and under the latter name was organized in 1872. The present name, adopted in 1879, is for Milo D. Mason, an early settler.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93.1 km²), of which 34.7 square miles (89.7 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it (3.59%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 284 people, 115 households, and 96 families residing in the township. The population density was 8.2 people per square mile (3.2/km²). There were 194 housing units at an average density of 5.6/sq mi (2.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.30% White, and 0.70% from two or more races.

There were 115 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.8% 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 2.47 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,250, and the median income for a family was $42,000. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,186. About 7.0% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

Politics[edit]

Mason Township is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Mason Township is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22A, represented by Republican Joe Schomacker.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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. 367.