Dassel, Minnesota

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Dassel is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,233 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (5.73%) is water.

U.S. Route 12 and Minnesota State Highway 15 are two of the main routes in the city.


The mayor of Dassel is Mike Scanlon, and Myles McGrath is City Administrator. The City Council is composed of Jason Benzing, Alesia Warner, Pat Haapala, and Bob Lalone. City Council Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm at Dassel City Hall.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,233 people, 515 households, and 313 families residing in the city. The population density was 832.7 people per square mile (321.7/km²). There were 551 housing units at an average density of 372.1/sq mi (143.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 1.62% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population. 30.8% were of German, 25.6% Swedish, 11.4% Norwegian, 8.6% Finnish, and 6.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 515 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $48,854. Males had a median income of $30,759 versus $22,121 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,476. About 3.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

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