Nowthen, Minnesota

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Nowthen is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,557 at the 2000 census.

The city was formerly known as Burns Township until it was incorporated on June 30, 2008. The drive toward incorporation started at the township's annual meeting in March 2007, when residents decided to incorporate in order to prevent annexation by other nearby cities. The name "Nowthen" came from an unincorporated community near the intersection of County Roads 5 and 22 within the township.[3] "Nowthen" was coined by the town's first postmaster, James Hare, who had the habit of saying "Now, then" in conversation.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.1 km²), of which, 33.8 square miles (87.5 km²) of it was land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²) of it (3.95%) was water. Minnesota State Highway 47 and County 22 are two of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,557 people, 1,123 households, and 985 families residing in the township. The population density was 105.3 people per square mile (40.6/km²). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 33.6/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.54% White, 0.20% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

There were 1,123 households out of which 47.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.3% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.2% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the township the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $63,819, and the median income for a family was $65,843. Males had a median income of $42,374 versus $31,454 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,569. About 4.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

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