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Royalton
Downtown Royalton
Downtown Royalton
Location of Royaltonwithin Morrison and Benton Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of Royalton
within Morrison and Benton Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°50′N 94°18′W / 45.833°N 94.300°W / 45.833; -94.300
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Morrison, Benton
Area
 • Total 1.93 sq mi (5.01 km2)
 • Land 1.93 sq mi (5.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,079 ft (329 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,281
 • Density 637.54/sq mi (246.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56373
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-56176
GNIS feature ID 0650375

Royalton is a city in Morrison and Benton counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota, along the Platte River. The population was 1,281 at the 2020 census. The city is located mainly within Morrison County.

The Benton County portion of Royalton is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Royalton was platted in 1878, and named after Royalton, Vermont, the native home of a share of the early settlers. Royalton was incorporated in 1887.

Royalton has been a participant with Green Step Cities since its inception in 2010 and became the first municipal building in Minnesota to install solar PV pannels with a 7 kW array on the roof of City Hall.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.99 square miles (5.15 km2), all of it land.

U.S. Highway 10 serves as a main route in the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 582
1900 664 14.1%
1910 676 1.8%
1920 690 2.1%
1930 518 −24.9%
1940 518 0.0%
1950 500 −3.5%
1960 580 16.0%
1970 534 −7.9%
1980 660 23.6%
1990 802 21.5%
2000 816 1.7%
2010 1,242 52.2%
2020 1,281 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,242 people, 455 households, and 324 families living in the city. The population density was 624.1 inhabitants per square mile (241.0/km2). There were 487 housing units at an average density of 244.7 per square mile (94.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.4% Asian, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 455 households, of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the city was 30.6 years. 31.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.8% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.

Education

The Royalton school district operates one elementary school and one high school. As with other Minnesota school districts, Royalton schools offer open enrollment. The athletic team's moniker for the high school is the Royals with the Mascot being a Lion. Royalton offers sports through both schools and extra activities. In elementary school, there are community ed activities including playing other teams in sports.

Royalton Elementary School is located next to Holy Trinity Church and Lutheran church. Children may go to religion classes during the day when scheduled (normally Wednesdays before lunch). With approximately 3-4 teachers per grade and 22 students in each class, it is a moderately small-sized school.

Royalton offers "M.A.P." (My Afterschool Place) to children who are not picked up right away after school.

The Royalton Football has a history in excellence since coach Jamie Morford took over, winning approximately 78% of their games since he took over. The Varsity girls basketball team won the Prairie Conference Championship in 1998–99, 2017–18 and 2018–19 and the Central Minnesota Conference Championship in 2019–20.

Infrastructure

Transportation

  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10

Rail Transport

  • Train.svg Empire Builder Railway along U.S. Route 10

Energy

  • Dam.svg Blanchard Dam

Notable people

  • The DeZurik Sisters, a singing act
  • Jim Langer, Pro Football Hall of Fame player 1970-1981
  • Christian Rosenmeier, lawyer and state senator
  • Gordon Rosenmeier, lawyer and state senator; son of Christian
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