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Hugo
Location of the city of Hugowithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Hugo
within Washington County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
Area
 • Total 36.03 sq mi (93.33 km2)
 • Land 33.46 sq mi (86.66 km2)
 • Water 2.57 sq mi (6.67 km2)
Elevation
932 ft (284 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 13,332
 • Estimate 
(2019)
15,267
 • Density 456.26/sq mi (176.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55038
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-30392
GNIS feature ID 0659709
Website City of Hugo
Victor Gardens
Hugo City Hall

Hugo is a city 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Saint Paul in Washington County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 14,767 at the 2020 census. The city lies north of White Bear Lake on the border of the metropolitan boundary. Hugo and nearby suburbs comprise the northeast portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The city's largest lake, Oneka Lake, is named for the Dakota word "onakan," which means "to strike or knock off," rice into a canoe. Just south is Rice Lake where Mdewakanton Dakota from Mendota gathered wild rice.

History

Originally settled by French Canadians, Hugo early on established itself as a refueling station for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad (later the Northern Pacific Railway). Located in Oneka township, the community was first named Centerville Station and finally Hugo. The present name is for Trevanion William Hugo, a mayor of Duluth. The village incorporated in 1906 and was officially incorporated as a city in 1972. After 2000, Hugo had absorbed significant suburban growth and development to become the thriving city it is today.

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Damage to homes from the EF3 tornado in Hugo, Minnesota, May 25, 2008

On May 25, 2008, an EF3 tornado struck the city.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.02 square miles (93.29 km2); 33.45 square miles (86.64 km2) is land and 2.57 square miles (6.66 km2) is water.

The city is bound by Elmcrest Avenue North on its west, Keystone Avenue North on its east, 180th Street North on its north, and 120th Street North on its south. A major route within the city is U.S. Highway 61, which runs north–south. Interstate 35E is not within the city limits, but is heavily used by Hugo residents. It is located just west of Hugo. Washington County Road 8/Anoka County Road 14 connects U.S. 61 to Interstate 35E.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 204
1920 246 20.6%
1930 303 23.2%
1940 348 14.9%
1950 440 26.4%
1960 538 22.3%
1970 751 39.6%
1980 3,771 402.1%
1990 4,417 17.1%
2000 6,363 44.1%
2010 13,332 109.5%
2020 (est.) 15,766 18.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

At the 2020 census there were 15, 766 people in 5,512 households. The population per square mile is not updated in the most recent census. The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 1.0% African American, 0.0% Native American, 2.4% Asian, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9%.

Of the 5,512 households 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.6% of households were one person and 3.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

25.9% of the population was under 18 years of age, 7.3% under 5, and 11.6% over 65. The population of Hugo is also 51% female.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 13,332 people in 4,990 households, including 3,704 families, in the city. The population density was 398.6 inhabitants per square mile (153.9/km2). There were 5,189 housing units at an average density of 155.1 per square mile (59.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2%.

Of the 4,990 households 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.6% of households were one person and 3.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age was 33.7 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 7.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

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