Askov, Minnesota

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Askov is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 368 at the 2000 census.

Minnesota State Highway 23 serves as a main arterial route in the community, and Interstate 35 is nearby.



Originally the Village of Partridge, it was a Great Northern Railway stop; its post office began as Partridge, 1889-1909, before changing to Askov. Most of the village was destroyed in the 1894 Hinckley fire. In the re-building, the new village was founded by the Danish Peoples Society in 1906. The name "Askov" reportedly means "ash wood" and is the name of Denmark's largest folk high school. The new village was incorporated on April 25, 1918, and officially separated from the township as the City of Askov on April 8, 1921.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 368 people, 165 households, and 92 families residing in the city. The population density was 288.3 people per square mile (111.0/km²). There were 181 housing units at an average density of 141.8/sq mi (54.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.92% White, 0.27% African American, 1.63% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races.

There were 165 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,472, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $27,375 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,583. About 5.3% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

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