Stockton, Minnesota

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Stockton is a city in Winona County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 682 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land. There are two creeks that converge on the south side of town, coming from the west is Garvin Brook Creek and coming from the southeast is the Stockton Creek. Both of these creeks are protected by the DNR as Trout Streams. Stockton is built between bluff of limestone, with hiking trails and rock climbing areas.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 682 people, 236 households, and 184 families residing in the city. The population density was 419.0 people per square mile (161.5/km²). There were 246 housing units at an average density of 151.1/sq mi (58.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.12% White, 0.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 236 households out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 107.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $47,159. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $22,778 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,038. About 1.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.


Stockton was founded in 1853, and incorporated in 1857 by J.B. Stockton, William Springer, and William Davison platted out the town in reminiscence of a town in New York. From there the town grew, at one point having a broom factory, a train depot, a lumberyard, a flour mill, a post office, a hotel, and a few general merchandise stores.


There have been two major floods in this area; in 1991, and the most recent occurring in August, 2007. In the 2007 flood, the area received more than two feet of rain during one week; seventeen inches within the twenty-four hours preceding the flooding of both creeks. The extent of the damage required the National Guard to come and help provide initial security and emergency clean up. City residents and volunteers from as far as Idaho, Texas, California, and Alabama quickly addressed the immediate clean up and served as a positive example for the entire region. Despite some semblance of recovery within two weeks, many houses were damage beyond the point of repair and efforts are still underway to help the homeless.

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