State Street in downtown Waseca in 2007
Location of Waseca
within Waseca County and state of Minnesota
|• Type||Mayor – Council|
|• Mayor||John Clemons|
|• Total||5.19 sq mi (13.44 km2)|
|• Land||4.00 sq mi (10.36 km2)|
|• Water||1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)|
|Elevation||1,152 ft (351 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||9,434|
|• Density||2,352.5/sq mi (908.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0653793|
U.S. Highway 14 and Minnesota Highway 13 are two of the main routes in the city. U.S. Highway 14 runs as an east–west freeway bypass just south of the city, while Minnesota Highway 13 passes through the city as State Street, running north–south.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,410 people, 3,504 households, and 2,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,352.5 inhabitants per square mile (908.3/km2). There were 3,818 housing units at an average density of 954.5 per square mile (368.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 3.7% African American, 1.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.0% of the population.
There were 3,504 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% 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 2.95.
The median age in the city was 36.5 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 42.6% male and 57.4% female.
As of the 2000 census, there were 8,493 people, 3,388 households, and 2,219 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,215.6 people per square mile (856.2/km²). There were 3,563 housing units at an average density of 929.5 per square mile (359.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.24% White, 1.39% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.50% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.10% of the population.
There were 3,388 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,554, and the median income for a family was $49,163. Males had a median income of $35,701 versus $22,837 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,439. About 6.5% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Waseca is home to many schools. The school colors are blue and gold and the school mascot is the Bluejay.
Hartley Elementary School has kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Waseca Intermediate School (WIS), formally Central Immediate School (CIS), name changed starting with the 2012-2013 school year, holds 4th grade through 6th grade.
Also starting with the 2012-2013 school year, Waseca High School (WHS) became the Waseca Junior and Senior High School (WJSHS), housing grades 7 through 12 instead of only 9 through 12, as it was in the past.
The Waseca Alternative High School (WALC), also known as the Alternative Learning Center (ALC), has an alternative learning program for students junior high age through adult.
Sacred Heart School is a private Catholic elementary school, ranging from kindergarten through fourth grade, located in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sacred Heart also has a Montessori preschool. There is also another preschool, Hansel & Gretel, which is located at Faith United Methodist Church as well as other preschools such as Waseca County Head Start.
Waseca has a charter school called TEAM Academy, hosting students from kindergarten-6th grade. Until recently, TEAM Academy was sponsored by the Public Schools.
Formerly, Waseca was home to the University of Minnesota Waseca a two-year technical college (before it was converted to the Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca) and the Southern School of Agriculture boarding high school.
Waseca is home to Quad/Graphics which is the largest magazine printer in the United States.
Waseca is also home to a frozen-vegetable packing plant for Birds Eye brand, owned by Pinnacle Foods.
Waseca opened a waterpark in June 2007.
Waseca has finished a new bike path that surrounds Clear Lake.
Waseca is home to the Waseca Medical Center, part of the Mayo Health System.
Waseca is home to many parks and lakes, including Clear Lake, Loon Lake, Maplewood Park, Clear Lake Park, Loon Lake Park, Courthouse Park, Blowers Park and many more.
On April 30, 1967, Waseca was severely damaged from the 1967 Southern Minnesota tornado outbreak.
17-year-old John David LaDue was charged on May 1, 2014 with 10 attempted murder and explosives counts in a plot to shoot his family to death and then kill himself and "as many students as he could" by blowing up Waseca Junior/Senior High School, 
- Located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district represented by U.S. Representative Tim Walz (DFL).
- Represented in the Minnesota State Senate by Vicki Jensen (DFL), District 24.
- Represented in the Minnesota State House by John Petersburg (R), District 24A.
- The current mayor is John Clemons
- D. E. Bowe, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
- Gene Glynn, current Minnesota Twins third base coach.
- George Herter, founder of the Herter's outdoor goods business and an author.
- Ray J. Madden, member of the United States House of Representatives.
- Peter McGovern, member of the Minnesota Senate.
- Tim Penny, member of the United States House of Representatives.
- Leroy Shield, Composer, Conductor, Arranger of such works as Little Rascals, Laurel & Hardy,born in Waseca.*
- Reverend E.H. Alden, founding pastor of First Congregational Church of Waseca, made famous in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series "Little House on the Prairie" where he was played by Dabbs Greer in the TV series.
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- Rook, Suzzane. "Waseca teen planned school massacre, idolized Columbine shooters". http://www.southernminn.com/.
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