Cokato, Minnesota

Cokato is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,694 at the 2010 census.[8]

Cokato
Downtown Cokato
Downtown Cokato
Motto(s): 
"In the midst of opportunity"[1]
Location of the city of Cokato within Wright County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Cokato
within Wright County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°4′32″N 94°11′21″W / 45.07556°N 94.18917°W / 45.07556; -94.18917
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyWright
Government
 • MayorGordon Erickson [2]
Area
 • Total1.56 sq mi (4.03 km2)
 • Land1.55 sq mi (4.03 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
1,056 ft (322 m)
Population
 • Total2,694
 • Estimate 
(2019)[5]
2,747
 • Density1,766.56/sq mi (682.15/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55321
Area code(s)320 Exchange: 286
FIPS code27-12430[6]
GNIS feature ID0641381[7]
Websitewww.cokato.mn.us

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2), all of it land.[9]

InfrastructureEdit

TransportationEdit

U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the city.

HistoryEdit

Cokato was founded in 1869 when the railroad was extended to that point.[10] The city was named after the Siouan word meaning "at the middle."[11] Cokato was incorporated in 1878.[12]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880274
189036332.5%
190068488.4%
19107185.0%
19201,01441.2%
19301,12510.9%
19401,1754.4%
19501,40319.4%
19601,356−3.3%
19701,73527.9%
19802,05618.5%
19902,1806.0%
20002,72725.1%
20102,694−1.2%
2019 (est.)2,747[5]2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 censusEdit

At the 2010 census there were 2,694 people in 1,000 households, including 652 families, in the city. The population density was 1,726.9 inhabitants per square mile (666.8/km2). There were 1,103 housing units at an average density of 707.1 per square mile (273.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3%.[4]

Of the 1,000 households 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.1% of households were one person and 15.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median age was 32.5 years. 31.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 censusEdit

At the 2000 census there were 2,727 people in 990 households, including 663 families, in the city. The population density was 2,125.8 people per square mile (822.6/km2). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 806.8 per square mile (312.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.81% White, 0.15% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68%.[6] 29.5% were of German, 24.2% Finnish, 15.3% Swedish and 9.8% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

Of the 990 households 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.7% of households were one person and 17.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.33.

The age distribution was 31.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% 65 or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median household income was $39,613 and the median family income was $51,645. Males had a median income of $35,362 versus $21,484 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,149. About 7.1% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

CultureEdit

The city of Cokato is home to the Cokato Museum & Gust Akerlund Studio. The museum is a local history museum dedicated to chronicling the story of the people of the city of Cokato, and the surrounding townships, in southwest Wright County. The Akerlund Studio is a restored photography studio, and home of Gust Akerlund, who operated the studio during the early 20th century.[14]

Since 1950, Cokato hosts the Cokato Corn Carnival annually during the second week of August in Peterson Park, near Cokato Elementary School. The highlight of the festival is the serving of free corn-on-the-cob, along with a parade, midway and carnival rides, musical entertainment, the Miss Cokato coronation, and other events.[15]

The Aho family of Cokato was featured by journalist Steve Hartman on CBS News Sunday Morning on December 9, 2012, for having twelve sons who all played football at the local high school over a period of more than two decades. [2]

Notable peopleEdit

 
The historic studio of noted Cokato photographer Gust Akerlund

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "City of Cokato Minnesota". City of Cokato Minnesota. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.cokato.mn.us/?page_id=91
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.[dead link]
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  10. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 587.
  11. ^ "Profile for Cokato, Minnesota, MN". ePodunk. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  12. ^ City of Cokato. "History". Retrieved 2010-11-02
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ City of Cokato. "Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio". Retrieved 2010-11-02. [1]
  15. ^ http://www.cokatocorncarnival.com/
  16. ^ "Sydney Ahlstrom". New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "David Bromstad". IMDb. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  18. ^ "Michael O. Emerson". Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  19. ^ "Paul Hedberg". Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 4, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  20. ^ "Patent #3,985,133". USPTO. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Patent numbers 3,985,133; 4,207,871; 4,265,240; 4,277,227; 4,346,606; 4,364,386; 4,391,599; and 4,460,353.
  22. ^ "Jon Jenkins". San Diego Union-Tribune obituary. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  23. ^ "Brad Johnson". Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  24. ^ "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Laser 917". Internet Movie Cars Database. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  25. ^ "Steve Knapp". Driver Database. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  26. ^ "USF2000". Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "Steve Knapp". Elite Engines. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  28. ^ "Roger Peterson". IMDb. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  29. ^ "Roger A. Peterson". Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch obituary. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2017.

External linksEdit


Coordinates: 45°04′33″N 94°11′24″W / 45.07583°N 94.19000°W / 45.07583; -94.19000