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Windom, Minnesota
City
Shops in downtown Windom
Shops in downtown Windom
Location of Windomwithin Cottonwood County, Minnesota
Location of Windom
within Cottonwood County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Cottonwood
Platted 1871
Incorporated 1875
Area
 • Total 4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Land 4.16 sq mi (10.77 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation 1,362 ft (415 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,646
 • Estimate (2015) 4,550
 • Density 1,116.8/sq mi (431.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 56101, 56118
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-70798
GNIS feature ID 0654245

Windom is a city in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,646 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cottonwood County and is situated in the Coteau des Prairies.

Although it is a small, rural farming community, Windom is host to several parks including a newly installed disc golf course at Mayflower Park. The Des Moines River flows through Windom and serves as a gentle, rapid-free canoeing spot.

History

Windom was platted in June 20, 1871 by A.L. Beach, an engineer for the Sioux City and St. Paul Railroad. Twelve lots were created and sold for $100 on the first day. It was incorporated as a village in 1875 and reincorporated on September 9, 1884. The city was named after William Windom, who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 1881–1883, and was United States Secretary of the Treasury under presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Benjamin Harrison, by Judson W. Bishop.

Geography

Windom lies 1,362 feet (415 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.33 square miles (11.21 km2), of which, 4.16 square miles (10.77 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water. Windom is located on the Coteau des Prairies, a ridge extending from South Dakota to Iowa separating Cottonwood County into two watersheds. The watersheds drain into the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. The Des Moines River flows through Windom.

Climate

The average mean Winter temperature in Windom is 16 °F (−9 °C), in Spring it is 44.7 °F (7.1 °C), in Summer it is 69.8 °F (21.0 °C), and in Fall it is 46.1 °F (7.8 °C) The record high for Windom was set on August 1, 1988 at 105 °F (41 °C) The record low was set on January 7, 1988 at −36 °F (−38 °C). The maximum rainfall was 8.84 inches (225 mm), achieved on September 23, 2010.


Climate data for Windom, Minnesota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18.3)
66
(18.9)
84
(28.9)
93
(33.9)
98
(36.7)
103
(39.4)
103
(39.4)
105
(40.6)
100
(37.8)
91
(32.8)
80
(26.7)
64
(17.8)
105
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C) 27
(-2.8)
32
(0)
44
(6.7)
60
(15.6)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
85
(29.4)
82
(27.8)
75
(23.9)
61
(16.1)
43
(6.1)
29
(-1.7)
85
(29.4)
Average low °F (°C) 7
(-13.9)
12
(-11.1)
24
(-4.4)
35
(1.7)
47
(8.3)
57
(13.9)
62
(16.7)
59
(15)
50
(10)
37
(2.8)
24
(-4.4)
11
(-11.7)
7
(-13.9)
Record low °F (°C) -36
(-37.8)
-31
(-35)
-25
(-31.7)
6
(-14.4)
20
(-6.7)
33
(0.6)
42
(5.6)
32
(0)
22
(-5.6)
9
(-12.8)
-17
(-27.2)
-28
(-33.3)
-36
(-37.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) .9
(23)
.75
(19.1)
1.97
(50)
3.24
(82.3)
3.55
(90.2)
4.56
(115.8)
4.05
(102.9)
3.52
(89.4)
3.29
(83.6)
2.18
(55.4)
1.67
(42.4)
.98
(24.9)
30.66
(779)
Source: Weather.com


Demographics

2010 age distribution graph-Windom
2010 Age distribution census data
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 443
1890 835 88.5%
1900 1,944 132.8%
1910 1,749 −10.0%
1920 2,123 21.4%
1930 2,123 0.0%
1940 2,807 32.2%
1950 3,165 12.8%
1960 3,691 16.6%
1970 3,952 7.1%
1980 4,666 18.1%
1990 4,283 −8.2%
2000 4,490 4.8%
2010 4,646 3.5%
Est. 2015 4,550 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,646 people, 1,994 households, and 1,201 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,116.8 inhabitants per square mile (431.2/km2). There were 2,171 housing units at an average density of 521.9 per square mile (201.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.1% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.0% of the population.

There were 1,994 households of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.8% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% 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 2.91.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,490 people, 1,910 households, and 1,195 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,263.6 people per square mile (488.3/km²). There were 2,089 housing units at an average density of 587.9 per square mile (227.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.15% White, 0.24% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 1,910 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% 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 2.87.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,744, and the median income for a family was $43,350. Males had a median income of $30,053 versus $21,270 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,155. About 5.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

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