Amboy, Minnesota

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Amboy is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 575 at the 2000 census. It is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was founded in 1879. It celebrated its 125th anniversary in September, 2004.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 30 are two of the main routes in the community.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 575 people, 242 households, and 161 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,838.9 people per square mile (716.2/km²). There were 268 housing units at an average density of 857.1/sq mi (333.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.43% White, 0.17% Asian, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 242 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,595, and the median income for a family was $39,844. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,658. About 8.3% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Maple River West Middle School is located in Amboy. As the name implies it was a middle school, which serviced 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. In the spring of 2009, the board members of The Maple River School District, Independent School District #2135, voted in favor of closing the Amboy middle school and reorganizing the student body in an effort to cut costs.

History

Shelby Township was organized in 1858, the year Minnesota achieved statehood. The township's main inducement to settlement was its rich prairie loam, rendered still more attractive by the availability of wood lots along the Blue Earth River. By 1860, Shelby Township was the most populous in Blue Earth County. In addition to its 315 residents, it also sustained a small but thriving village known as Shelbyville, located in Section 35, about two miles south of modern Amboy. In the early 1860s Shelbyville hosted the county fair. The town included a hotel, church, schoolhouse, mill, two stores, a blacksmith shop, a wagon shop, and a post office.[3][4]

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