Quamba, Minnesota

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Quamba is a city in Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 98 at the 2000 census, although as of the 2008 census estimates, the population was 107.[3]



Quamba was first established in 1882 on the side track of the Great Northern Railway. Originally, the community was called "Mud Creek" after the creek that flows through the community and that the railroad tracks crossed; the Ojibwe population in the area, though, called the creek Basa'igani-ziibiwishenh ("Creek to square Ceder Timbers"), thus call the community Basa'igani-ziibiwishenying ("By the Creek to square Ceder Timbers"). When the depot was built, the name was changed to "Quamba," which according to the railway officials was derived from an Indian word for "mudhole"; most likely the name derives from the Ottawa word: zhashkwiimbaakmigaa (fully vocalized as azhashki-wiimbaakamigaa: "be a muddy hole in the ground"). The community was platted in 1901 by Oric Ogilvie Whited, and incorporated as a village on July 11, 1952. Its post office operated 1901–1903 and 1906–1966.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highway 23 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 98 people, 33 households, and 26 families residing in the city. The population density was 133.6 people per square mile (51.8/km²). There were 38 housing units at an average density of 51.8/sq mi (20.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, and 2.04% from two or more races.

There were 33 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.7% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $32,188. Males had a median income of $47,813 versus $28,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,923. There were 8.0% of families and 7.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


Braham‡ | Grasston | Mora | Ogilvie | Quamba

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