Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

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Blooming Prairie is a city in Dodge and Steele counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 1,933 at the 2000 census. Most of the city lies in Steele County; only a small part of the city extends into Dodge County.



The area where Blooming Prairie is located was originally part of Oak Glen Township located in Dodge County. In 1856, Oak Glen Township was annexed by Steele County. The township was settled in 1856 by John Blythe who built a log cabin on a 160 acres (0.65 km2) of government land. Additional settlers arrived in 1856 and 1857. Oak Glean Township was renamed when a railroad official's wife gave the small settlement of wooden shacks the name of Blooming Prairie. The new name of the settlement also became the name of the township, Blooming Prairie Township.[3]

Blooming Prairie was established as a city in 1867.[4] The city started as a place of shelter for the section crews and railroad station for the Minnesota Central Railroad. In 1873-1874 the Minnesota State Legislature passed the act incorporating Blooming Prairie as an independent village.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Route 218 and Minnesota State Highway 30 are two of the main routes in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,933 people, 748 households, and 504 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,428.4 people per square mile (552.8/km²). There were 774 housing units at an average density of 572.0/sq mi (221.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.43% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 2.48% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.91% of the population.

Of the 748 households, 30.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.

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