Vergas, Minnesota

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Vergas is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 311 at the 2000 census. The name comes from a railroad station.

Vergas claims it is home of the World's Largest Loon, actually a 20-foot-high (6.1 m) sculpture of a loon, the Minnesota state bird.

The word vergas is the plural form of the Spanish word verga, which is a vulgar term for the male reproductive organ. The word is used in various countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico and others.

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History

The community was platted in 1903 as "Altona." It was quickly changed to the station name of the Soo Line.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.01%) is water.

Vergas is located at the junction of County Highway 4, County Highway 17, and State Highway 228.

The community is at the west end of Long Lake.

Loon Lake is immediately southwest of Vergas.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 311 people, 143 households, and 78 families residing in the city. The population density was 213.9 people per square mile (82.8/km²). There were 165 housing units at an average density of 113.5/sq mi (43.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.75% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 143 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 107.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,344, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $23,214 versus $17,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,461. About 4.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.

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