Dovray, Minnesota

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Dovray is a city in section 20 of Dovray Township, Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 67 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.

Minnesota State Highway 30 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 67 people, 33 households, and 23 families residing in the city. The population density was 268.0 people per square mile (103.5/km²). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 144.0/sq mi (55.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.52% White, and 4.48% from two or more races.

1960 - 113
1970 - 104
1980 -
1990 - 60
2000 - 67
2008 - 57

There were 33 households out of which 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 14.9% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 35.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $32,188 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,461. There were no families and 13.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 11.8% of those over 64.


Dovray received its name from Dovray Township, which was originally named Dovre, in honor of Dovre, a village in Norway, and for the Dovrefjield, a mountainous plateau, which is also in Norway. The spelling was altered when it was learned that another township in Kandiyohi County had received the same name in 1869, but the identical pronunciation was retained. The town originally began in 1895 with the establishment of a cooperative creamery one mile north and one mile east of the present townsite. When the Chicago St Paul Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad laid tracks in 1899 and bypassed the town, the townspeople moved themselves and their city to a favorable spot on the railroad line. The new townsite was platted in 1904, but not incorporated until January 2, 1924. The town received a post office in 1895, transferred from nearby Holly Township. ,[3]

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