Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

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Sleepy Eye is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,515 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 14 and Minnesota State Highways 4, and 68 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (14.29%) is water.


Sleepy Eye is named after Chief Sleepy Eye, or Ishtakhaba, who was known as a compassionate person with droopy eyelids (or maybe just one), hence his name.

The Chief was one of four Sioux Indians (four Ojibwe also attended) chosen to meet President James Monroe in 1824 in the nation's capital. Later, Sleepy Eye was an integral player in the 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, which gave all of the land but a 10-mile swath on each side of the upper Minnesota River to the U.S. government. His recommendations to traders led to the successful settlement of Mankato, away from flood areas, and the Chief eventually settled his people near the lake now known as Sleepy Eye Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,515 people, 1,479 households, and 942 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.9 people per square mile (812.7/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 950.5/sq mi (367.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.03% White, 0.23% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 3.90% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.80% of the population.

There were 1,479 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.08.

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