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Montevideo
Artigas Plaza in Montevideo
Artigas Plaza in Montevideo
Location of Montevideowithin Chippewa County, Minnesota
Location of Montevideo
within Chippewa County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°56′55″N 95°43′13″W / 44.94861°N 95.72028°W / 44.94861; -95.72028
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Chippewa
Government
 • Type Council – Manager
Area
 • Total 4.80 sq mi (12.44 km2)
 • Land 4.71 sq mi (12.20 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
932 ft (284 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,383
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,043
 • Density 1,070.25/sq mi (413.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56265
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-43720
GNIS feature ID 0648046
Website www.montevideomn.org

Montevideo is a city in Chippewa County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,383 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Chippewa County. The town's mayor is Erich Winter and the Council President is Nathan Schmidt.

Geography

Montevideo is located in a double river valley where the Minnesota and Chippewa rivers converge, approximately 140 miles (230 km) west of Minneapolis, at the junction of U.S. Highways 59 and 212 with Minnesota State Highways 7 and 29.

The surrounding topography is dominated by farmland and prairies, as well as river valleys with many scenic overlooks and small bluffs.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.85 square miles (12.56 km2), of which, 4.76 square miles (12.33 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Climate

Montevideo, as with the rest of Minnesota, has a four-season humid continental climate with great differences between summer and winter. The average July high is 28 °C (82 °F) with the average January high being −6 °C (21 °F).

Climate data for Montevideo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 68
(20)
61
(16)
79
(26)
90
(32)
104
(40)
102
(39)
106
(41)
100
(38)
104
(40)
91
(33)
73
(23)
63
(17)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 21
(-6)
25
(-4)
36
(2)
54
(12)
68
(20)
77
(25)
82
(28)
81
(27)
72
(22)
59
(15)
37
(3)
27
(-3)
53.2
(11.8)
Daily mean °F (°C) 12
(-11)
16
(-9)
28
(-2)
43
(6)
55
(13)
64
(18)
70
(21)
68
(20)
59
(15)
46
(8)
30
(-1)
19
(-7)
42.7
(5.9)
Average low °F (°C) 3
(-16)
5
(-15)
19
(-7)
34
(1)
45
(7)
54
(12)
59
(15)
57
(14)
48
(9)
36
(2)
21
(-6)
10
(-12)
32.6
(0.3)
Record low °F (°C) -36
(-38)
-36
(-38)
-31
(-35)
-4
(-20)
21
(-6)
32
(0)
37
(3)
32
(0)
21
(-6)
-0
(-18)
-22
(-30)
-35
(-37)
-36
(-38)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.39
(10)
0.39
(10)
1.18
(30)
1.97
(50)
2.76
(70)
3.94
(100)
2.76
(70)
3.54
(90)
2.76
(70)
1.18
(30)
0.79
(20)
0.39
(10)
22.05
(560)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 862
1890 1,437 66.7%
1900 2,146 49.3%
1910 3,056 42.4%
1920 4,419 44.6%
1930 4,319 −2.3%
1940 5,220 20.9%
1950 5,459 4.6%
1960 5,693 4.3%
1970 5,661 −0.6%
1980 5,845 3.3%
1990 5,499 −5.9%
2000 5,346 −2.8%
2010 5,383 0.7%
2019 (est.) 5,043 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,383 people, 2,326 households, and 1,404 families living in the city. The population density was 1,130.9 inhabitants per square mile (436.6/km2). There were 2,510 housing units at an average density of 527.3 per square mile (203.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 4.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.4% of the population.

There were 2,326 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.2% 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 2.86.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 20.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

In popular culture

  • Montevideo was featured in the 2005 film Sweet Land as the town Audubon, Minnesota in the 1920s.
  • Montevideo was a grand finalist in the Real World Road Rules Challenge 2000.

Notable people

  • David Minge (1942–), Former 2nd District congressman (1993–2001) and current judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Wayne Brabender (1945–), American-Spaniard professional basketball player for Real Madrid and the Spaniard National Basketball Team.
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