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Darwin
Darwin water tower
Darwin water tower
Location of Darwinwithin Meeker County, Minnesota
Location of Darwin
within Meeker County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Meeker
Area
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.47 km2)
 • Land 2.03 sq mi (5.26 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation
1,129 ft (344 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 350
 • Estimate 
(2019)
353
 • Density 173.89/sq mi (67.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55324
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-14842
GNIS feature ID 0642644

Darwin is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 350 at the 2010 census.

It is one of several places claiming to be home of the largest ball of twine in the world.

History

Darwin was platted in 1869, and named for E. Darwin Litchfield, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Darwin since 1869.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), of which 1.99 square miles (5.15 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 56
1920 132
1930 156 18.2%
1940 224 43.6%
1950 273 21.9%
1960 273 0.0%
1970 361 32.2%
1980 282 −21.9%
1990 252 −10.6%
2000 276 9.5%
2010 350 26.8%
2019 (est.) 353 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 350 people, 139 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 175.9 inhabitants per square mile (67.9/km2). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 76.9 per square mile (29.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 139 households, of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

Parks and recreation

Twineball
Twine Ball in Darwin

Darwin is the home of Darwin–Dassel Park.

The Twine Ball Museum is located at Darwin.

Infrastructure

Transportation

U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the community.

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