Garrison, Minnesota

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Garrison is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA, on Mille Lacs Lake. The population was 213 at the 2000 census. The city lies within Garrison Township. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.

U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 18 are two of the main arterial routes in the community.



  • Garrison is the world's smallest city to have a McDonald's restaurant[citation needed].
  • The Garrison Concourse is on the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 2010 list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.92% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 213 people, 113 households, and 48 families residing in the city. The population density was 198.9 people per square mile (76.9/km²). There were 191 housing units at an average density of 178.4/sq mi (68.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.65% White, 0.94% Native American, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 113 households out of which 11.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 1.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 57.5% were non-families. 44.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.0% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 117.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $25,417 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,447. About 10.5% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.1% of those sixty five or over.

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