Gaylord, Minnesota

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Gaylord is a city in Sibley County, in Minnesota, United States. Located on the shore of Titloe Lake, the community is approximately 50 miles south of Minneapolis-St Paul.[3] The population was 2,279 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Sibley County[4].



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land. Minnesota State Highways 5, 19, and 22 are three of the main routes through the community.


A commonly-used trail to the Dakota Territory passed through the future site of Gaylord in the 1850s. A roadhouse existed on the shore of Titloe Lake. Farms were established at the townsite in 1881, as land was surveyed along a planned railroad route. The surveyors named the site after E.W. Gaylord after determining that the name Maasville, after Alfred Maas, was too long. Elections were held and the village was incorporated in 1883. There had also been a feud between Henderson, MN, and Gaylord to determine what town would be the county seat of Sibley County. Henderson's thought was that it was right on the river, but Gaylord had more people and won the popular vote on the disagreement. [5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,279 people, 897 households, and 592 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,435.3 people per square mile (553.4/km²). There were 930 housing units at an average density of 585.7/sq mi (225.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.02% White, 0.18% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 9.78% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.38% of the population.

There were 897 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

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