Dalton, Minnesota

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Dalton is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 258 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

County Highways 12, 35, and 82 are three of the main routes in the community, and Interstate 94 is nearby.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 258 people, 115 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,077.3 people per square mile (415.1/km²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 496.9/sq mi (191.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.84% White and 1.16% African American.

There were 115 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 15.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,750, and the median income for a family was $35,536. Males had a median income of $23,958 versus $20,208 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,990. About 3.0% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.1% of those sixty five or over.



Dalton does not have its own schools. Children from the area attend schools in Fergus Falls, Ashby, or Underwood.

Each year, Dalton hosts an annual Summerfest Day the final weekend in June. During this celebration, an all-city rummage sale is held, a Relay for Life fundraising event is held in conjunction with a large softball tournament, and a street dance is held on that weekend's Saturday evening.

Dalton is also home to the Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Association, a group of enthusiasts who restore and display antique farming equipment—notably the threshing machine -- during an annual show the weekend after Labor Day.

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