Avoca, Minnesota

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Avoca is a city in Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 146 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (15.50%) is water. It is just south of Lime Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 146 people, 67 households, and 38 families residing in the city. The population density was 134.3 people per square mile (51.7/km²). There were 73 housing units at an average density of 67.2/sq mi (25.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

1960 - 226
1970 - 203
1980 -
1990 - 150
2000 - 146
2008 - 130

There were 67 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 117.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $25,313 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,184. There were 7.5% of families and 12.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 11.8% of under eighteens and 12.5% of those over 64.


In 1879, Avoca was named for the village of Avoca in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Avoca suffered two devastating fires, first in 1907 then again in 1952.[3] A school and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church are now closed, and three former Lutheran churches long ago merged into Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. Word of Faith Fellowship is the only other church currently in town.


Avoca is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Avoca is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22A, represented by Republican Joe Schomacker.

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