Bennington Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Bennington Township (formerly called Andover Township) is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 178 at the 2000 census. All areas and population centers of the township are unincorporated areas. It was named for Bennington, Vermont, the site of a battle in the American Revolutionary War (the Battle of Bennington).

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History

A group of men from New York, who arrived in the spring of 1856, were the first settlers in Bennington Township. When Minnesota became a state in 1858, Bennington Township had not yet been organized. Therefore, until it was organized as a township in 1860, the northern part was included in Frankford Township and the southern part was part of Le Roy Township. The first township meeting was held in 1860 and the voters elected a chairman of the board, two supervisors, a justice of the peace and an assessor. Bennington and Clayton are still the least populated townships of the county with 178 people each.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 178 people, 64 households, and 54 families residing in the township. The population density was 4.9 people per square mile (1.9/km²). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 1.8/sq mi (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.44% White, and 0.56% from two or more races.

There were 64 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.1% were non-families. 9.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.6% 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 3.00.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 111.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

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