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Comfrey
Motto(s): 
"Remembering Yesterday, Appreciating Today, Working for Tomorrow"
Location of Comfrey, Minnesota
Location of Comfrey, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Brown, Cottonwood
platted 1902
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
Area
 • Total 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,122 ft (342 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 382
 • Estimate 
(2019)
354
 • Density 827.10/sq mi (319.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56019
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-12772
GNIS feature ID 0641419
Website http://www.comfrey.govoffice.com/

Comfrey is a city in Brown and Cottonwood counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 382 at the 2010 census. The majority of the people live in Brown County.

History

Comfrey was platted in 1902. It was named after the plant called comfrey (Symphytini Officinalis), by the first postmaster, A. W. Pederson.

On March 29, 1998, Comfrey was hit by a strong F4 tornado which damaged or destroyed most of the town. While no one was killed, a dozen people were injured.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 238
1920 533 123.9%
1930 535 0.4%
1940 555 3.7%
1950 642 15.7%
1960 616 −4.0%
1970 525 −14.8%
1980 548 4.4%
1990 433 −21.0%
2000 367 −15.2%
2010 382 4.1%
2019 (est.) 354 −7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 382 people, 169 households, and 110 families residing in the city. The population density was 812.8 inhabitants per square mile (313.8/km2). There were 180 housing units at an average density of 383.0 per square mile (147.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.3% African American, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 169 households, of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 44.4 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 24.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Arts and culture

Museums and other points of interest

The Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site is located near Comfrey. Discovered in the 1870s, the rock carvings have been visited by scientists and archeologists. In 1966, the Minnesota Historical Society bought the property from W.H. Jeffers to preserve the petroglyphs for future generations.

Parks and recreation

Mound Creek park is located a few miles outside Comfrey. The park has 316 acres, and was dedicated in 1993.

Education

Comfrey Public School educates approximately 170 students in grades K-12. The school building was rebuilt in 1999 after being heavily damaged by a tornado.

Notable person

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