Paynesville, Minnesota

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Paynesville is a small city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States, on Lake Koronis in the central part of the state. The population was 2,267 at the 2000 census. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Minnesota State Highways 4, 23, and 55 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.



Paynesville is located along the North Fork of the Crow River and Lake Koronis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


The site of Paynesville was put first officially on the map in 1857 with the founding of a Post Office, postmastered by Edwin E. Payne, who served only for a few months. 30 years later, as the Soo Line Railroad arrived in the area, a second Post Office was founded right near the tracks, and a second separate village developed her, called New Paynesville. These were separate villages. The original Paynesville and New Paynesville merged into "Paynesville" in January of 1905.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,267 people, 934 households, and 594 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,715.2 people per square mile (663.1/km²). There were 984 housing units at an average density of 744.5/sq mi (287.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.81% White, 0.04% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 934 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,000, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $30,978 versus $20,219 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,246. About 4.5% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

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