Wells, Minnesota

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Wells is a city in Faribault County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,494 at the 2000 census.



The city was named for the J.W. Wells, father in law of Clark W. Thompson.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all land.

Minnesota State Highways 22 and 109 are two of the main routes in the city. I-90; the largest Interstate in the country is only 6 miles South of Wells on Highway 22.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,494 people, 1,032 households, and 665 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,846.5 people per square mile (713.3/km²). There were 1,097 housing units at an average density of 812.2/sq mi (313.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.31% White, 0.04% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 4.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,032 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,463, and the median income for a family was $38,523. Males had a median income of $27,969 versus $19,873 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,614. 9.8% of the population and 5.9% of families were below the poverty line. 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 15.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Wells, Minnesota is the home of the United South Central Rebels. The High School and Elementary Buildings are in Wells and approximately 700 students total attend the two schools. The grades in the Elementary are Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. The High School grades are 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade. Grades 5-8 were in Kiester, MN but at a school board meeting they decided to move the Middle school to Wells and put 5th and 6th grades in the Elementary and 7th and 8th grades in the High school. In a sense, they got rid of the Middle School. Also, the St. Casimir's School is in Wells. About 180 kids attend St. Casimir's, which has a K-8th grade student body.

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