Lake Wilson, Minnesota

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Lake Wilson is a city in Murray County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 270 at the 2000 census



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (16.00%) is water.

Minnesota State Highways 30 and 91 are two of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 270 people, 128 households, and 83 families residing in the city. The population density was 650.1 people per square mile (248.2/km²). There were 135 housing units at an average density of 325.0/sq mi (124.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.89% White, 0.37% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.07% of the population.

1960 - 436
1970 - 378
1980 -
1990 - 319
2000 - 270
2008 - 232

There were 128 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,375, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $32,813 versus $18,594 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,573. About 13.3% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 12.3% of those sixty five or over.


Lake Wilson was platted in 1883 and incorporated as a village on July 12, 1900. It was named by Jonathan E. Wilson (a landowner in the area) who also named the nearby lake for himself.

On June 16, 1992, Lake Wilson was struck by a devastating F5 tornado that completely destroyed half of the town, which has since been rebuilt.

On January 12, 2004, the city's firehall exploded, destroying it and the nearby elevator. It also damaged many nearby houses and businesses. The city estimated that recovery costs resulting from the explosion totaled about $4.2 million. Since then both the firehall and elevator have been rebuilt.

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