Victoria, Minnesota

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Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,025 at the 2000 census.

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History

Michael Diethelm is believed to be the first settler in Victoria after setting up a shelter for his wife and two children in 1851 near the present day St. Victoria Church. The city itself is named after the St. Victoria Church, built on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land just north of Lake Bavaria in 1857. A year later, steamboats from St. Paul began bringing in additional supplies for early settlers. The settlement continued to grow from early farmers attracted by the city's rich soil. Eventually the steamboats to Chaska and the St. Paul railroad helped transform the local area into its own thriving community.[3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km²), of which, 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (17.94%) is water. State Highways 5 and 7 are two of the main routes.

Victoria has been nicknamed "The City of Lakes and Parks" because it has over 200 acres (0.81 km2) of reserved land, thirteen parks and nine lakes within its borders. Victoria is also home to the 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) Carver Park Reserve.

In the 1850s, Victoria's rich soil attracted many farmers from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Wheat was the main cash crop. Other early crops were potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and corn.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,025 people, 1,367 households, and 1,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 575.4 people per square mile (222.3/km²). There were 1,410 housing units at an average density of 201.6/sq mi (77.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.91% White, 0.27% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 1,367 households out of which 47.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.0% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 11.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.17.

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