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Waseca, Minnesota
City
State Street in downtown Waseca in 2007
State Street in downtown Waseca in 2007
Location of Wasecawithin Waseca County and state of Minnesota
Location of Waseca
within Waseca County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Waseca
Area
 • Total 5.19 sq mi (13.44 km2)
 • Land 4.00 sq mi (10.36 km2)
 • Water 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
Elevation 1,152 ft (351 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,410
 • Estimate (2012) 9,434
 • Density 2,352.5/sq mi (908.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56093
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-68296
GNIS feature ID 0653793
Website www.ci.waseca.mn.us
Waseca County Courthouse
The Waseca County Courthouse in 2007

Waseca is a city in Waseca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 9,410 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 14 and Minnesota Highway 13 are two of the main routes in the city. U.S. Highway 14 runs as an east–west freeway bypass just south of the city, while Minnesota Highway 13 passes through the city as State Street, running north–south.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.19 square miles (13.44 km2); 4.00 square miles (10.36 km2) is land and 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 551
1880 1,708 210.0%
1890 2,482 45.3%
1900 3,103 25.0%
1910 3,054 −1.6%
1920 3,908 28.0%
1930 3,815 −2.4%
1940 4,270 11.9%
1950 4,927 15.4%
1960 5,898 19.7%
1970 6,789 15.1%
1980 8,219 21.1%
1990 8,385 2.0%
2000 8,493 1.3%
2010 9,410 10.8%
Est. 2015 9,241 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,410 people, 3,504 households, and 2,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,352.5 inhabitants per square mile (908.3/km2). There were 3,818 housing units at an average density of 954.5 per square mile (368.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 3.7% African American, 1.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.0% of the population.

There were 3,504 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 36.5 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 42.6% male and 57.4% female.

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 8,493 people, 3,388 households, and 2,219 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,215.6 people per square mile (856.2/km²). There were 3,563 housing units at an average density of 929.5 per square mile (359.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.24% White, 1.39% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.50% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.10% of the population.

The ancestral makeup of the city is 44.6% German, 21.3% Norwegian, 13.2% Irish, 5.2% English, 5.1% Swedish, and 4.6% French.

There were 3,388 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,554, and the median income for a family was $49,163. Males had a median income of $35,701 versus $22,837 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,439. About 6.5% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

History

Waseca was platted in 1867. The city took its name from Waseca County, Minnesota. A post office has been in operation at Waseca since 1867. Waseca was incorporated as a city in 1881.

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A leveled house from the 1967 tornado

On April 30, 1967, Waseca was severely damaged from the 1967 Southern Minnesota tornado outbreak.

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