Birchwood Village, Minnesota

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Birchwood Village is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 968 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) or 214 acres (0.87 km2), all of it land. Cedar Street / Hall Avenue serves as a main route. The Village is on the south and east shore of White Bear Lake.


Birchwood first developed as a community of summer recreation cottages built by residents of the Saint Paul area in early 1900s. Initial subdivisions were along the lakeshore, and this area is now characterized by a potpourri of old homes that have been extensively remodeled, and new homes where the original structure has been demolished. The newer subdivisions away from the lake have larger lots and are more homogeneous in appearance but have retained the flavor of the Village by preserving the natural features of the area.

The community was at one time served by the Twin City Lines street car which passed through the Village on its way from Saint Paul to White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi. The significant difference in lot sizes between the older and newer areas of the community, reflect the influence of changes in transportation modes.

First incorporated as a Village in the year 1921, a subsequent act of the State Legislature converted the "Village" to a "City of the Fourth Class." Residents felt, however, that the term "Village" was so much a part of the community that it was amended to "Birchwood Village, a City of the Fourth Class."


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 968 people, 357 households, and 287 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,808.2 people per square mile (1,099.3/km²). There were 366 housing units at an average density of 1,061.8/sq mi (415.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.45% White, 0.41% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.62% Asian, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

There were 357 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $81,941, and the median income for a family was $84,162. Males had a median income of $56,667 versus $36,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,102. About 2.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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