Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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Sauk Centre is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,930 at the 2000 census. It is the birthplace of Sinclair Lewis, a novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Sauk Centre served as the inspiration for Gopher Prairie, the fictional setting of Lewis's 1920 novel Main Street.

Sauk Centre is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (6.30%) is water.

Sauk Centre is located along Interstate 94, U.S. Route 71, and Minnesota State Highway 28. It is approximately 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.

The city is considered to be in the middle of the state. Sauk Lake and Sauk River are the most notable water features of the area.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,930 people, 1,616 households, and 1,042 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,057.2 people per square mile (407.9/km²). There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 459.7/sq mi (177.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.68% White, 0.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any were 0.53% of the population.

There were 1,616 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.01.

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