Heron Lake, Minnesota

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Heron Lake is a city in Jackson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 768 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highway 60 serves as a main route in the community.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 768 people, 285 households, and 174 families residing in the city. The population density was 723.4 people per square mile (279.7/km²). There were 322 housing units at an average density of 303.3/sq mi (117.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.58% White, 0.52% Asian, 6.38% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.55% of the population.

There were 285 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,222, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $28,958 versus $19,219 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,657.

Notable people

Roman Catholic Bishop Frederick William Freking of the Diocese of La Crosse was born in rural Heron Lake.

Walter Mondale, Vice-President of the United States under Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) and the Democratic Party's nominee for President in 1984, attended Heron Lake Public High School and lived in the Methodist Episcopal Church parsonage (still present in the town) for three years prior to 1946. His father was minister at the church during that time. Many residents of the town from that time have tales of the young Mondale's shenanigans. The local voters, unlike the rest of Minnesota, voted overwhelmingly against Mondale in the 1984 election.

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