Vesta, Minnesota

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Vesta is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 339 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land. The Redwood River flows through the southeastern corner of the city.[3]

Minnesota Highway 19 skirts the western edge of Vesta.[3]


According to Minnesota Place Names, Vesta Township was settled in 1868 and organized May 20, 1880. It was named on the suggestion of Fred Vail Hotchkiss for his sister, Vesta Vail Hotchkiss. The city of Vesta was platted in 1899 and incorporated February 9, 1900. The post office began operation in 1899, with Timothy L. Crowley as first postmaster. After 1898, the Chicago and North Western Railway had a station.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 339 people, 132 households, and 86 families residing in the city. The population density was 853.2 people per square mile (327.2/km²). There were 142 housing units at an average density of 357.4/sq mi (137.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.53% White, 0.29% Asian, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 132 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,536, and the median income for a family was $34,583. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,302. About 9.3% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


Coordinates: 44°30′28″N 95°24′59″W / 44.50778°N 95.41639°W / 44.50778; -95.41639

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