Pine Island, Minnesota

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Pine Island is a city in Goodhue and Olmsted counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,337 at the 2000 census. Most of Pine Island is in Goodhue County, but a small part extends into Olmsted County.

The community has a strong agricultural base, but has been transitioning over time into a bedroom community for nearby Rochester which employs many local residents.

The small town was temporarily thrown into the national spotlight in 2002 for having been the home town of the Midwest pipe bomber Luke Helder.

Pine Island was flooded in September 2010, causing U.S. Highway 52, a major highway connecting the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and Rochester, Minnesota, to be closed. This resulted in traffic-filled detours.



Pine Island lies along the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.68%) is water.

U.S. Route 52 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,337 people, 864 households, and 628 families residing in the city. The population density was 797.5 people per square mile (308.0/km²). There were 890 housing units at an average density of 303.7/sq mi (117.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.99% White, 0.13% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 864 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

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