Mendota, Minnesota

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Mendota is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The name comes from the Dakota word for "where the waters meet." The population was 197 at the 2000 census.



The town was one of the first permanent settlements in the state of Minnesota, being founded around the same time as Fort Snelling. The town houses the oldest church in Minnesota, Saint Peter's. It also houses a small museum which used to be the Hypolite Du Puis house, the Henry Hastings Sibley house, the Faribault house, and buildings associated with the American Fur Company, all dating from the 1830s.[3] The main route through the small city is State Highway 13. Other roads in the city are mainly small unimproved roads.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 197 people, 80 households, and 48 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,045.8 people per square mile (400.3/km²). There were 80 housing units at an average density of 424.7/sq mi (162.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.39% White, 1.52% African American, 2.03% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 3.05% from two or more races.

There were 80 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 126.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,938, and the median income for a family was $51,250. Males had a median income of $40,750 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,745. None of the families and 1.3% of the population were living below the poverty line.

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