Windom, Minnesota

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Windom is a city in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,490 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cottonwood County.[3] Windom has been assigned ZIP code 56101 by the USPS.

Although it is a small, rural farming community, Windom is host to several parks including a newly installed disc golf course at Mayflower Park. The Des Moines River flows through Windom, and serves as a gentle, rapid-free canoeing spot.



The city was named for William Windom, who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 1881–1883, and was United States Secretary of the Treasury under presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Benjamin Harrison.[4]


Windom is located at 43°51′59″N 95°07′01″W / 43.86639°N 95.11694°W / 43.86639; -95.11694 (43.866346, -95.116937).[2] It lies 1,362 feet (415 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 km² (3.7 mi²). 9.2 km² (3.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (5.08%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,490 people, 1,910 households, and 1,195 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,263.6 people per square mile (488.3/km²). There were 2,089 housing units at an average density of 587.9/sq mi (227.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.15% White, 0.24% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

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