Breckenridge, Minnesota

Breckenridge is a city and county seat of Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States.[5] The population was 3,430 at the 2020 census.[2]

Breckenridge
5th Street (U.S. Route 75) in downtown Breckenridge in 2007
5th Street (U.S. Route 75) in downtown Breckenridge in 2007
Location of Breckenridge within Wilkin County and state of Minnesota
Location of Breckenridge
within Wilkin County and state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°16′N 96°35′W / 46.267°N 96.583°W / 46.267; -96.583
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyWilkin
Area
 • Total2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Land2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 • Total3,430
 • Estimate 
(2021)[3]
3,398
 • Density1,356.27/sq mi (523.73/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56520
Area code218
FIPS code27-07462
GNIS feature ID0640448[4]
Websitebreckenridgemn.net

Breckenridge's twin city is Wahpeton, North Dakota. It is part of the Wahpeton, ND—MN Micropolitan Statistical Area. The Bois de Sioux River and the Otter Tail River join at Breckenridge and Wahpeton to form the Red River of the North.

HistoryEdit

Breckenridge was platted in 1857, and named for John Cabell Breckinridge, a U.S. senator from Kentucky and the 14th Vice President of the United States. Breckenridge was also staunchly pro-slavery and was a Major General in the Confederate Army.[6] A post office has been in operation at Breckenridge since 1857.[7] Breckenridge was incorporated in 1908.[6] The city contains one property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1928 Wilkin County Courthouse.[8]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.46 square miles (6.37 km2), all land.[9]

U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highways 9 and 210 are three of the main routes in the city. Additionally, the city was situated on the Twin Cities to Seattle main line of the Great Northern Railway. As a result, the Breckenridge station was served by numerous passenger trains through the years until 1979. The city continues to see freight rail traffic on the now BNSF line.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890655
19001,28295.7%
19101,84043.5%
19202,40130.5%
19302,261−5.8%
19402,74521.4%
19503,62332.0%
19604,33519.7%
19704,200−3.1%
19803,909−6.9%
19903,708−5.1%
20003,559−4.0%
20103,386−4.9%
20203,4301.3%
2021 (est.)3,398[3]−0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2020 Census[2]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,386 people, 1,445 households, and 861 families living in the city, and it is currently 108 years old. The population density was 1,376.4 inhabitants per square mile (531.4/km2). There were 1,635 housing units at an average density of 664.6 per square mile (256.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.2% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,445 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,559 people, 1,438 households, and 911 families living in the city. The population density was 1,516.4 inhabitants per square mile (585.5/km2). There were 1,582 housing units at an average density of 674.0 per square mile (260.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.61% White, 0.14% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 1,438 households, out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% 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 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,054, and the median income for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $31,869 versus $21,328 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,059. About 7.3% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". United States Census Bureau. June 19, 2022. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 578.
  7. ^ "Wilkin County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Minnesota National Register Properties Database". Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 10, 2013.

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