St. James, Minnesota

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St. James is a city in and the county seat of Watonwan County, Minnesota, United States.[3] The population was 4,695 at the 2000 census.

Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.



In 1870, the directors of the St. Paul and Sioux City railroads chose the future townsite of St. James as the midpoint for a new railroad linking the two cities. Named by railroad director and future Minnesota Gov. Henry Hastings Sibley and railroad president E.F. Drake, the new city was incorporated in April 1871. It was the hometown of Minnesota Gov. Winfield Scott Hammond, a Democrat who served in 1915. In the 1940s, Theodore S. Mondale, the father of future Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale, was the pastor at First Methodist Church of St. James. Tony Downs Foods Co. has been a major employer since 1947, processing poultry and frozen meals.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.87%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,695 people, 1,845 households, and 1,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,050.3 people per square mile (791.6/km²). There were 2,006 housing units at an average density of 876.0/sq mi (338.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.24% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 14.27% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.77% of the population.

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