Appleton, Minnesota

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Appleton is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,871 at the 2000 census. The town is home to a vacant, medium-security prison, the Prairie Correctional Facility, which is wholly owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. Elmer A. Benson, who served as a United States Senator and as Governor of Minnesota, was born in Appleton on 23 Sept. 1895. Notably, Appleton is also home to many retirees and military veterans. Appleton has named all of its twenty-some streets, except Minnesota Street, for local veterans who died in combat.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (3.40%) is water. The Pomme de Terre River flows through the city.[3]

U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highways 7 and 119 are three of the main routes in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,871 people, 729 households, and 376 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,442.2 people per square mile (557.0/km²). There were 860 housing units at an average density of 432.0/sq mi (166.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.13% White, 10.73% African American, 1.57% Native American, 5.02% Asian, 6.27% Pacific Islander, 2.40% from other races, and 5.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.84% of the population. Total U.S. Census population number, includes about 1,000 inmates in the state prison.

There were 729 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were non-families. 45.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.82.

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