New Munich, Minnesota

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New Munich is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 352 at the 2000 census. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.

State Highway 237 (Main Street); and Stearns County Roads 12 and 30 are three of the main routes in the community. Interstate Highway 94 is nearby.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 352 people, 126 households, and 89 families residing in the city. The population density was 646.9 people per square mile (251.7/km²). There were 129 housing units at an average density of 237.1/sq mi (92.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.15% White, 0.28% Native American, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 126 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $47,000. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $21,607 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,016. About 2.4% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 46.9% of those age 65 or over.

In his book In Search of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor says that he used to live near New Munich with his family. It is one of the towns on which his fictional Lake Wobegon is based. He describes a hugely impressive church, probably Immaculate Conception on Main Street.[3]


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