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Hill City, Minnesota
City
Location of Hill Citywithin Aitkin County, Minnesota
Location of Hill City
within Aitkin County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Aitkin
Area
 • Total 1.52 sq mi (3.94 km2)
 • Land 1.28 sq mi (3.32 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
Elevation 1,339 ft (408 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 633
 • Estimate (2012) 620
 • Density 494.5/sq mi (190.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55748
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-29096
GNIS feature ID 0644967
Website www.hillcity-mn.com

Hill City is a city in Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 633 at the 2010 census.

Hill City is located along U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota State Highway 200.

History

Hill City was incorporated in 1910, and separated from surrounding Hill Lake Township in 1911. The post office began in 1901. Economic growth began with shipping cooperage stock, forest products, and produce. One property in Hill City, the 1910 National Woodenware Company Superintendent's Residence, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.52 square miles (3.94 km2), of which 1.28 square miles (3.32 km2) is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) is water.

Hill City is along the shores of Hill Lake, a glacial formation roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) long and an average of 0.25 miles (0.40 km) wide. At the southern end of the lake there is a large hill, named Quadna Mountain locally, presumably formed at the same time as the lake. The "mountain" is the namesake of Hill City. The Hill River and Morrison Brook both flow nearby.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 220
1920 928 321.8%
1930 515 −44.5%
1940 641 24.5%
1950 501 −21.8%
1960 429 −14.4%
1970 357 −16.8%
1980 533 49.3%
1990 469 −12.0%
2000 479 2.1%
2010 633 32.2%
Est. 2015 600 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 633 people, 271 households, and 159 families residing in the city. The population density was 494.5 inhabitants per square mile (190.9/km2). There were 444 housing units at an average density of 346.9 per square mile (133.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 0.2% African American, 2.5% Native American, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 271 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 479 people, 213 households, and 120 families residing in the city. The population density was 441.1 people per square mile (169.7/km²). There were 391 housing units at an average density of 360.1 per square mile (138.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.49% White, 1.88% Native American, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population. 29.1% were of German, 15.7% Norwegian, 8.8% Irish, 5.9% Finnish and 5.2% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 213 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,308, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $25,972 versus $17,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,742. About 15.3% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Quadna Mountain is located just south of Hill City. Its attractions include a golf course, a weight room, and townhouses that resemble the city from the 1920s.

Hill Lake is located to the east of the city. It is a common site for fishing, boating, and swimming. The beach on the city side of the lake has a playground and a campsite.

The Fourth of July celebration is the biggest week in Hill City. A flea market is located across the street from Roadside Market, in a park. Approximately 1,500 people vacation in Hill City for the 4th of July Parade and later events which include street races, egg tosses, pie-eating contests, turtle races, a sawdust pile for the kids, multiple hot dog and beer carts, a street dance, and fireworks. In 2008, Hill City celebrated its 100th Fourth of July celebration.

Coordinates: 46°59′36″N 93°35′55″W / 46.99333°N 93.59861°W / 46.99333; -93.59861

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