Ottertail, Minnesota

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Ottertail, Minnesota
City
Looking southwest along Main Street (State Hwy. 108)
Looking southwest along Main Street (State Hwy. 108)
Location of Ottertail, Minnesota
Location of Ottertail, Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°25′19″N 95°33′58″W / 46.42194°N 95.56611°W / 46.42194; -95.56611
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Otter Tail
Area[1]
 • Total 5.10 sq mi (13.21 km2)
 • Land 4.28 sq mi (11.09 km2)
 • Water 0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
Elevation 1,352 ft (412 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 572
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 580
 • Density 133.6/sq mi (51.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56571
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-49210[4]
GNIS feature ID 0649060[5]

Ottertail is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 572 at the 2010 census.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.10 square miles (13.21 km2), of which 4.28 square miles (11.09 km2) is land and 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2) is water.[1]

Minnesota State Highways 78 and 108 are two of the main routes in the community.

History[edit]

Ottertail was platted in 1903, and named for nearby Otter Tail Lake.[7]

In the mid-1990s a developer of a trailer park built among ancient Indian burial mounds located within the city limits and shortly thereafter had to settle with the group that sued to protect their ancestral cemetery. Many neighbors have multiple small upthrusts in their backyards which mark one of 23 ancient burial sites located within the trailer park, about 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The park still remains on the original grounds but has agreed to preserve and protect the sites to the greatest extent possible (no sites have been destroyed in its development). A few incidents of restless Indian spirits were said to be disturbing families shortly thereafter.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 176
1920 223 26.7%
1930 221 −0.9%
1940 254 14.9%
1950 237 −6.7%
1960 164 −30.8%
1970 180 9.8%
1980 239 32.8%
1990 313 31.0%
2000 451 44.1%
2010 572 26.8%
Est. 2014 598 [9] 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 572 people, 245 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 133.6 inhabitants per square mile (51.6/km2). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 93.7 per square mile (36.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.2% Native American, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 245 households of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% 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 2.75.

The median age in the city was 47.7 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 35.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000,[4] there were 451 people, 190 households, and 133 families residing in the city. The population density was 102.7 people per square mile (39.7/km²). There were 323 housing units at an average density of 73.6 per square mile (28.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.56% White and 0.44% Native American. 42.8% were of German, 23.7% Norwegian and 7.7% Swedish ancestry.

There were 190 households, out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 32.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 115.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,188, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $18,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,612. About 10.2% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 397. 
  8. ^ Controversy looms over sacred grounds - Native American cemeteries http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_n7_v31/ai_15989953/pg_2/?tag=content;col1
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

Coordinates: 46°25′32″N 95°33′26″W / 46.42556°N 95.55722°W / 46.42556; -95.55722