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"The Small City With The Bright Future"
Location of Dawson, Minnesota
|County||Lac qui Parle|
|• Total||1.44 sq mi (3.72 km2)|
|• Land||1.44 sq mi (3.72 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,043 ft (318 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||973.57/sq mi (375.91/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0642657|
Dawson was platted in 1884. The city was named for William Dawson, a former mayor of St. Paul, MN, and one of three partners in the Dawson Townsite Company. A post office has been in operation at Dawson since 1884. The city was incorporated in 1885.
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. The West Branch of the Lac qui Parle River flows through the city. The West Branch of The Lac qui Parle River flows into the Lac qui Parle River south of Dawson. U.S. Route 212 serves as a main route in the city.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,540 people, 682 households, and 412 families living in the city. The population density was 1,040.5 inhabitants per square mile (401.7/km2). There were 768 housing units at an average density of 518.9 per square mile (200.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 682 households, of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.78.
The median age in the city was 47.8 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.
- Helmer "Dawson" Carlson - First baby born in Dawson, Minnesota
- Theodore Christianson - 21st Governor of Minnesota from January 6, 1925, until January 6, 1931; resident of Dawson and publisher of the Dawson Sentinel.
- Theodore Christianson - Minnesota Supreme Court justice and eldest son of Governor Christianson
- Phyllis Gates - Wife of Hollywood actor Rock Hudson (1955–1958)
- James Day Hodgson - United States Secretary of Labor (1970-1973); born in Dawson
- Brandon Hurley - Featured on ninth season, 34th episode of "Made", a television series on MTV (Jan. 10, 2009)
- Jeff Nordgaard - Second-round NBA draft pick in 1996
- Carrie Tollefson - Olympian at 1500 meters in 2004, NCAA cross country champion in 1997
- Dr. Ayaz Virji - Author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Rural Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America which was named "one of the best books of the year" by Publishers Weekly (2019)
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