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Location of Jeffers, Minnesota
Location of Jeffers, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Cottonwood
incorporated 1899
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,480 ft (451 m)
 • Total 369
 • Estimate 
 • Density 891.75/sq mi (344.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-31796
GNIS feature ID 0645595

Jeffers is a city in Amboy Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 369 at the 2010 census.

Minnesota State Highway 30 and County Highway 4 are two of the main routes in the community. U.S. Route 71 is nearby.


Jeffers was platted by the Inter-State Land Company on September 19, 1899. It was incorporated as a city a few days later, on September 28, 1899. In its first election, the following men were put into office: President, L. P. Dustin; recorder, Lewis E. Streater; along with trustees, A. W. Binger, A. A. Faust, and C. G. Fredricson.

The town was named for land-owner George Jeffers. A post office has been in operation at Jeffers since 1900.

The Jeffers Petroglyphs, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a series of Native American stone carvings dating from before European settlement. They are located several miles northeast of the town.

In the center of the city runs a north-south street named "Courthouse Ave". It is rumored that due to its proximity in the center of Cottonwood County, Jeffers was expected to become the county seat of Cottonwood County. Therefore, they chose to name the street in anticipation of a courthouse being built. However, Windom, a city 18 miles to the south, was named the county seat and housed the courthouse.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2), all land. Jeffers is situated in section 20, township 107, range 36 west, Latitude: 44.06 N, Longitude: 95.20 W.

The Jeffers Petroglyphs are located 15 km (9.3 mi) northeast of Jeffers on Red Rock Ridge.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 227
1920 393 73.1%
1930 434 10.4%
1940 648 49.3%
1950 516 −20.4%
1960 489 −5.2%
1970 436 −10.8%
1980 437 0.2%
1990 443 1.4%
2000 396 −10.6%
2010 369 −6.8%
2019 (est.) 346 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 369 people, 167 households, and 97 families residing in the city. The population density was 971.1 inhabitants per square mile (374.9/km2). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 515.8 per square mile (199.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 6.2% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.0% of the population.

There were 167 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.9% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Religious institutions

Educational institutions

Jeffers is part of the consolidated Red Rock Central School District. The district comprises the southwestern Minnesota towns of Sanborn, Lamberton, Storden, and Jeffers with all grades located in Lamberton. The school mascot is the Falcons. From 1971 until pairing with Sanborn and Lamberton in 1993, Jeffers was combined with Storden as the Storden-Jeffers School District. The school's mascot was the Chiefs. Jeffers housed the Red Rock Central Elementary School until 2016, when it was moved to Lamberton.

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