Sauk Rapids Township, Benton County, Minnesota

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Sauk Rapids Township, Minnesota
Sauk Rapids Township is located in Minnesota
Sauk Rapids Township
Sauk Rapids Township
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°36′51″N 94°9′43″W / 45.61417°N 94.16194°W / 45.61417; -94.16194Coordinates: 45°36′51″N 94°9′43″W / 45.61417°N 94.16194°W / 45.61417; -94.16194
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Benton
 • Total 7.6 sq mi (19.6 km2)
 • Land 7.5 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,073 ft (327 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 584
 • Density 78/sq mi (30.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 56379
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-58702[1]
GNIS feature ID 0665560[2]

Sauk Rapids Township is a township in Benton County, Minnesota, United States near the Mississippi River. The population was 584 at the 2010 census.[3]


Sauk Rapids Township was organized in 1854.[4] It was named for nearby rapids on the Mississippi River.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.6 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19.3 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.45%, is water.[3]

It is only about one-third the size of a normal (36-section) township, being bounded on the west by the Mississippi River. The east three-quarters of the city of Sartell, the northwest edge of the city of St. Cloud, and the north half of the city of Sauk Rapids are within this township geographically but are separate entities.

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  • Unnamed Lake

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The township contains four cemeteries: Benton, Pioneer Benton County, Sacred Heart and Trinity.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 723 people, 270 households, and 201 families residing in the township. The population density was 88.4 people per square mile (34.1/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 33.5/sq mi (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.34% White, 0.28% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 270 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 15.6% 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 2.68 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $61,161, and the median income for a family was $67,500. Males had a median income of $39,750 versus $24,554 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,421. About 3.4% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


  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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sauk Rapids township, Benton County, Minnesota". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 51.

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