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Madelia, Minnesota
City
Madelia Theatre
Madelia Theatre
Motto: "Pride Of The Prairie"
Location of Madelia, Minnesota
Location of Madelia, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Watonwan
Area
 • Total 1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)
 • Land 1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,024 ft (312 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,308
 • Estimate (2012) 2,305
 • Density 1,570.1/sq mi (606.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56062
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-39230
GNIS feature ID 0647358
Website www.madeliamn.com

Madelia is a city in Watonwan County, Minnesota, United States, along the Watonwan River. The population was 2,308 at the 2010 census.

History

Madelia was founded in 1857, and named for the daughter of a first settler. A post office has been in operation at Madelia since 1860. Madelia was incorporated in 1872.

In 1876, the remaining members of the James-Younger Gang were captured near Madelia after their failed attempt at bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota. Madelia holds an event every September called Younger Brothers Day. The event includes several activities including a reenactment of the bank robbery as well as the gunfight and capture of the Younger Brothers.

In 2016, a fire greatly damaged downtown, destroying at least eight businesses.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.47 square miles (3.81 km2), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highways 15 and 60 are two of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 489
1890 852 74.2%
1900 1,272 49.3%
1910 1,273 0.1%
1920 1,447 13.7%
1930 1,397 −3.5%
1940 1,652 18.3%
1950 1,790 8.4%
1960 2,190 22.3%
1970 2,316 5.8%
1980 2,130 −8.0%
1990 2,237 5.0%
2000 2,340 4.6%
2010 2,308 −1.4%
Est. 2015 2,250 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,308 people, 900 households, and 572 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,570.1 inhabitants per square mile (606.2/km2). There were 1,004 housing units at an average density of 683.0 per square mile (263.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.0% White, 1.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 12.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.8% of the population.

There were 900 households of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 37.6 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,340 people, 911 households, and 571 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,876.4 people per square mile (722.8/km²). There were 1,000 housing units at an average density of 801.9 per square mile (308.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.47% White, 0.64% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 11.88% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.98% of the population.

There were 911 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,219, and the median income for a family was $41,167. Males had a median income of $29,417 versus $19,806 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,266. About 8.5% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older.

Recreation

Watonwan River1
The Watonwan river flows through Watona park

Madelia offers several different places of recreation. Watona park is the site for many different city and seasonal events. Watona offers a full service campground, several playgrounds and shelters, two baseball fields, one softball field, and the 9 hole Madelia golf course. Near Watona park are several basketball and tennis courts, as well as the outdoor Madelia Swimming Pool.

Madelia Theater. An old fashioned theater that shows new movies at cheap rates.

Watonwan County Historical Society. The Watonwan County Historical Society was organized in 1935. World War II ended those activities. Twenty-nine interested persons met at the American Legion Post House, Madelia, in 1966 launching the present organization.

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