Gary, Minnesota

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Gary is a city in Norman County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 215 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 215 people, 83 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 669.0 people per square mile (259.4/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 289.4/sq mi (112.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.07% White, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 83 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,875, and the median income for a family was $47,250. Males had a median income of $29,844 versus $15,938 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,683. About 6.8% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 26.5% of those sixty five or over.

Tornado of 1978

Gary was the site of a late-night F4 tornado that struck on July 5, 1978. The tornado struck at approximately 2:58AM[citation needed], with much of the town having little warning before it hit. One reason was because one of the police officers in the area had their car flipped over as it was on its way to sound the sirens to awaken the mostly asleep town. Four deaths and around 40 injuries resulted from the tornado. The town has since been repaired.[citation needed]

Over half of the small town was destroyed.[citation needed] The National Guard was called in to monitor the city and prevent looters from looting.[citation needed] The Residents had to get a pass from the National Guard and had to show them when one came in and out of the town.[citation needed] The Legion Hall was set up as a make shift shelter where food, and supplies were provided.[citation needed]

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