Renville, Minnesota

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Renville is a city in Renville County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 212 and County Highway 6 are two of the main routes in the city.



The city and county of Renville were named for Joseph Renville, a man of French and Dakota descent who had extensive knowledge of the wilderness and served as a guide for many expeditions. Renville founded Fort Renville and served as a captain during the War of 1812. He was a courier, interpreter, and founder of the Columbia Fur Company. He earned respect that cut across the racial and ethnic boundaries of that era.

The city of Renville was platted in September 1878, when the railroad reached the area. It was incorporated in 1906. It has grown from a population of 250 in 1900 to more than 1,300 residents today.

It is situated near the Minnesota River Valley in a fertile agricultural area known for its high productivity. Renville's economy, past and present, is based largely upon agribusiness. Renville serves as an agricultural service and distribution center for the surrounding area, and the city boasts the world's largest sugar beet processing plant.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,323 people, 508 households, and 329 families residing in the city. The population density was 948.9 people per square mile (367.5/km²). There were 544 housing units at an average density of 390.2/sq mi (151.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.82% White, 0.08% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 5.74% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.37% of the population.

There were 508 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.11.

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