St. Olaf Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

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St. Olaf Township, Minnesota
St. Olaf Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
St. Olaf Township, Minnesota
St. Olaf Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°9′14″N 95°49′13″W / 46.15389°N 95.82028°W / 46.15389; -95.82028Coordinates: 46°9′14″N 95°49′13″W / 46.15389°N 95.82028°W / 46.15389; -95.82028
CountryUnited States
CountyOtter Tail
 • Total36.1 sq mi (93.4 km2)
 • Land32.3 sq mi (83.6 km2)
 • Water3.8 sq mi (9.7 km2)
1,306 ft (398 m)
 • Total332
 • Density10.3/sq mi (4.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code27-57382[1]
GNIS feature ID0665528[2]

St. Olaf Township is a township in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 332 at the 2000 census.

St. Olaf Township was originally called Oxford Township, and under the latter name was organized in 1869. The current name, adopted in 1870, was named after Olaf II of Norway.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.4 km²), of which 32.3 square miles (83.6 km²) of it is land and 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²) of it (10.43%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 332 people, 124 households, and 102 families residing in the township. The population density was 10.3 people per square mile (4.0/km²). There were 175 housing units at an average density of 5.4/sq mi (2.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.69% White, 1.51% Native American, 0.30% Asian, and 1.51% from two or more races.

There were 124 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% 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 3.03.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,865, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $22,857 versus $27,188 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,878. About 5.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

St. Olaf was the often-referred hometown of the character Rose Nylund, played by actress Betty White, in the television sitcom The Golden Girls that ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992.


  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. 398.