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Good Thunder
Water tower
Water tower
Location of Good Thunder, Minnesota
Location of Good Thunder, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Blue Earth
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
Area
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
991 ft (302 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 583
 • Estimate 
(2019)
565
 • Density 901.12/sq mi (348.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56037
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-24506
GNIS feature ID 0644218

Good Thunder is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States, situated along the Maple River. The population was 583 at the 2010 census. It is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

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Good Thunder City Offices

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highway 66; and County Roads 1 and 10 are three of the main routes in the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 149
1900 505
1910 419 −17.0%
1920 464 10.7%
1930 452 −2.6%
1940 457 1.1%
1950 476 4.2%
1960 468 −1.7%
1970 489 4.5%
1980 560 14.5%
1990 561 0.2%
2000 592 5.5%
2010 583 −1.5%
2019 (est.) 565 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 583 people, 227 households, and 155 families living in the city. The population density was 910.9 inhabitants per square mile (351.7/km2). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 378.1 per square mile (146.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 1.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 227 households, of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 34 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.7% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

History

Good Thunder
Good Thunder, after whom the town is named

Good Thunder was platted in 1871, and named for a Winnebago chief.

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