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Avon
Businesses on Avon's main street, Avon Avenue.
Businesses on Avon's main street, Avon Avenue.
Motto(s): 
"Lakes, Loons, Living"
Location of Avonwithin Stearns County, Minnesota
Location of Avon
within Stearns County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 1.64 sq mi (4.25 km2)
 • Land 1.64 sq mi (4.25 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,132 ft (345 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,396
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,590
 • Density 968.33/sq mi (373.96/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56310
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-03070
GNIS feature ID 0639541
Website www.cityofavonmn.com

Avon is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,396 at the 2010 census. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Avon was laid out in 1873. The community is named after the River Avon, in England. A post office has been in operation at Avon since 1873. Avon was incorporated in 1900.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.48 square miles (3.83 km2), all of it land.

Interstate 94 and Stearns County Road 9 are two of the main routes in the city. Other routes include County Road 54.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 162
1910 277 71.0%
1920 709 156.0%
1930 362 −48.9%
1940 403 11.3%
1950 386 −4.2%
1960 443 14.8%
1970 725 63.7%
1980 804 10.9%
1990 970 20.6%
2000 1,242 28.0%
2010 1,396 12.4%
2019 (est.) 1,590 13.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,396 people, 557 households, and 393 families living in the city. The population density was 943.2 inhabitants per square mile (364.2/km2). There were 592 housing units at an average density of 400.0 per square mile (154.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 557 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Within Avon's city boundaries are three lakes which are named Upper Spunk, Middle Spunk, and Lower Spunk Lake. In honor of these lakes, Avon hosts an annual celebration called "Spunktacular Days", "Spunk Days" for short. The word "spunk" means material to start a fire, or torchwood, which settlers used to gather in the area. In total there are eight lakes within the city of Avon.

Sports Teams

Avon is home to the Avon Lakers, whom are part of the Amateur Baseball Victory League. The club was established in July 1979 by the Avon Lions Club when official construction of a its baseball park began. The Avon Loins Club purchased land directly south of the old park which at that time consisted of a pasture and a small pond.

The Avon Lakers and the City of Avon sponsor the Region 8C Baseball Tournament. [1]

In the 35th anniversary broadcast of the radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which was performed live in Avon on July 4, 2009, radio personality Garrison Keillor referred to Avon as being "about as close to Lake Wobegon as you can get."

Notable person

  • Alphonsus Augustus Sowada (1933–2014), Roman Catholic Bishop; born in Avon.
  • Matthew Adelman, sculptor, painter, esoteric, legendary fisherman, explorer

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