Royalton, Minnesota

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Royalton is a city in Morrison and Benton counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota, along the Platte River. The population was 816 at the 2000 census. The city is located mainly in Morrison County.

The Benton County portion of Royalton is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1853, R.D Kinney came to the then territory of Minnesota from Vermont as a missionary to the Native Americans. Soon after arriving, he built his house on the location of present day Royalton. Royalton was platted in 1878 and incorporated as a village on March 3, 1887. The post office then appointed Kinney postmaster and asked for suggestions for names for the post office. Kinney suggested Royalton because it was the name of his hometown of Royalton, Vermont and the post office took his suggestion.

A complete history of Royalton and the surrounding area is available at: History


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Route 10 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 816 people, 322 households, and 209 families residing in the city. The population density was 473.7 people per square mile (183.2/km²). There were 328 housing units at an average density of 190.4/sq mi (73.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.77% White, 0.25% Native American, 0.49% Pacific Islander, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.

There were 322 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

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