Chandler, Minnesota

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Chandler is a city in Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 276 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highway 91 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 276 people, 113 households, and 72 families residing in the city. The population density was 342.7 people per square mile (131.6/km²). There were 121 housing units at an average density of 150.2/sq mi (57.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.46% White, 1.81% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.39% of the population.

1960 - 388
1970 - 319
1980 -
1990 - 316
2000 - 276
2008 - 239

There were 113 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,875, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,134. About 6.8% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 14.0% of those sixty five or over.


Chandler was platted on June 7, 1886 and was incorporated as a village on October 6, 1900. It was named for John Alonzo Chandler, who was in official service of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad company for over 40 years.

On June 16, 1992, Chandler was struck by a devastating F5 tornado that completely destroyed half of the town, most of which has since been rebuilt.

The Fenton Wind Farm, a 137 turbine wind farm near Chandler, became operational in 2007.


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