Walnut Grove, Minnesota

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Walnut Grove is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 599 at the 2000 census. Its former name is Walnut Station. [3]



Walnut Grove is the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, dedicated to the author of the Little House on the Prairie books. Charles Frederic 'Freddy' Ingalls, (November 1, 1876 - August 27, 1877 in South Troy, Minnesota), the little brother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born in Walnut Grove.

According to the Redwood Gazette, the newspaper in the nearby town of Redwood Falls, Walnut Grove gained more than 250 new residents between 2001 and 2006. The new residents are Hmong immigrants and their families. The influx of people has increased the population to nearly 900, and, reporter Erik Posz wrote in the newspaper, "...42 percent of the students in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove School District are now Hmong."[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

Walnut Grove lies along U.S. Route 14, which connects it with Tracy to the west and Revere to the east.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 599 people, 291 households, and 178 families residing in the city. The population density was 577.7 people per square mile (222.4/km²). There were 341 housing units at an average density of 328.9/sq mi (126.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.66% White, 0.67% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.17% Pacific Islander, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 291 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.67.

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