Walnut Grove, Minnesota
U.S. Post Office, First State Bank Building, and water tower in Walnut Grove
Location of Walnut Grove, Minnesota
|• Total||1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)|
|• Land||1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,217 ft (371 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||738.77/sq mi (285.36/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0653743|
Walnut Grove is the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, dedicated to the author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Wilder and her family lived in the area for a part of her childhood and the location is the setting for the Plum Creek part of the Little House book series. Charles Ingalls, her father, was the community's first justice and her only brother, Charles Frederick 'Freddy' Ingalls (November 1, 1875 – August 27, 1876), was born in Walnut Grove. The name "Walnut Grove" was also used in the Little House on the Prairie television series; however, the program was filmed in California.
Walnut Grove gained more than 250 residents between 2001 and 2006. The residents are Hmong. This has increased the population to nearly 900, and Hmong now comprise 42 percent of the students in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove School District.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, the city had 871 people, 313 households, and 210 families. The population density was 821.7 inhabitants per square mile (317.3/km2). There were 367 housing units at an average density of 346.2 per square mile (133.7/km2). The city's racial makeup was 63.4% White, 0.5% Native American, 35.0% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 0.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.
There were 313 households, of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.53.
The city's median age was 36.8 years. 31.3% of the city's population was under age 18; 7.9% was from age 18 to 24; 18.3% was from age 25 to 44; 23.1% was from age 45 to 64; and 19.3% was age 65 or older. The city's gender makeup was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, the city had 599 people, 291 households, and 178 families. The population density was 577.7 people per square mile (222.4/km2). There were 341 housing units at an average density of 328.9 per square mile (126.6/km2). The city's racial makeup was 97.66% White, 0.67% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.17% Pacific Islander, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.
There were 291 households, of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.67.
19.4% of the city's population was under age 18, 6.5% was from age 18 to 24, 22.7% was from age 25 to 44, 22.7% was from age 45 to 64, and 28.7% was age 65 or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The city's median household income was $24,013, and the median family income was $34,167. Males had a median income of $24,750 versus $20,192 for females. The city's per capita income was $15,637. About 5.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.
In the late 1990s, the Westbrook Wildcats and the Walnut Grove Loggers combined school districts and sports teams to form the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers.
- Schools = one high school in Westbrook (Grades 7–12) and one elementary school in Walnut Grove (Grades K–6)
- Mascot = Chargers
- School colors = Red and silver
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
- Lester Mondale, Unitarian minister
- Leo Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient
- Westbrook, Minnesota and Walnut Grove are sister cities because Westbrook-Walnut Grove (WWG) Public Schools is distributed between both towns.
- De Smet, South Dakota and Walnut Grove are sister cities because of the impact that Laura Ingalls Wilder has had on both of the cities.
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