Darwin, Minnesota

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Darwin is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 276 at the 2000 census. It is known primarily for purportedly having the world's biggest ball of twine, which is located across from the public park on Main Street in the center of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), of which, 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (9.64%) is water.

U.S. Route 12 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 276 people, 119 households, and 79 families residing in the city. The population density was 368.7 people per square mile (142.1/km²). There were 130 housing units at an average density of 173.6/sq mi (66.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.03% White, 0.72% African American, 5.80% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.07% of the population.

There were 119 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,286, and the median income for a family was $37,321. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,813. About 6.0% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.5% of those sixty five or over.


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