Litchfield, Minnesota

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Litchfield is a city in and the county seat of Meeker County, Minnesota, United States.[3] The population was 6,562 at the 2000 census.

Litchfield is among the largest of a series of "whistle stop" towns built along a railway extending west from Minneapolis in the nineteenth century. U.S. Route 12 follows the rail route, which is still active.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (19.66%) is water.

U.S. Route 12 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 24 are three of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,562 people, 2,624 households, and 1,653 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,748.4 people per square mile (675.6/km²). There were 2,741 housing units at an average density of 730.3/sq mi (282.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.64% White, 0.37% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 3.67% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.15% of the population.

There were 2,624 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

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