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Vernon Center, Minnesota
City
Location of Vernon Center, Minnesota
Location of Vernon Center, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Blue Earth
Area
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Land 0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,030 ft (314 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 332
 • Estimate (2012) 334
 • Density 677.6/sq mi (261.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56090
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-66910
GNIS feature ID 0653640

Vernon Center is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, along the Blue Earth River. The population was 332 at the 2010 census. It is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Blue Earth River
The Blue Earth River at Vernon Center

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), of which, 0.49 square miles (1.27 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

U.S. Route 169 serves as a main route in the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 125
1900 311
1910 289 −7.1%
1920 283 −2.1%
1930 306 8.1%
1940 355 16.0%
1950 344 −3.1%
1960 333 −3.2%
1970 347 4.2%
1980 365 5.2%
1990 339 −7.1%
2000 359 5.9%
2010 332 −7.5%
Est. 2015 329 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 332 people, 132 households and 90 families in the city. The population density was 677.6 inhabitants per square mile (261.6/km2). There were 142 housing units at an average density of 289.8 per square mile (111.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.9% African American, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 132 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.8% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age was 34.4 years. 29.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.2% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 11.1% were 65 years of age or older. The population were 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 359 people, 132 households and 99 families residing in the city. The population density was 727.2 per square mile (282.9/km²). There were 137 housing units at an average density of 277.5 per square mile (108.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.72% White and 0.28% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 132 households of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

29.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.

The median household income was $50,703 and the median family income was $56,875. Males had a median income of $34,500 compared with $21,806 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,693. None of the families and 1.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 1.8% of those over 64.

History

Vernon Center was platted in 1857. It was named after Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington.

On the morning of October 25, 2005, the grain elevator in downtown Vernon Center, filled with some 200,000 bushels (5,000 metric tons) of corn, exploded, injuring six people. Flames from the explosion shot about 200 feet (60 meters) in the air.

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