Halstad, Minnesota – Wikipedia

City in Minnesota, United States

City in Minnesota, United States

Halstad is a city in Norman County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 564 at the 2020 census.[3]

History[edit]

The town of Halstad came into being on Sept. 23rd, 1883, when the railroad was extended to it. It was platted for C.G. Comstock and wife and A.A. White and wife on that date. It appeared to the majority most fitting to use the same name for the town as had been adopted for its post office – hence the name Halstad was adopted. This was moved into town in 1884 from Ole Halstad’s rural home. Less than a year after Halstad became a town, the construction of a school within the village was begun.[5]

The city’s unofficial motto is “You Can’t Beet Halstad,” based on its prominent crop, the sugar beet.[6] In 2020, the town founded Sugar Beet Park, featuring a sculpture of the “World’s Largest Sugar Beet” created by artist Josh Porter and formed around the base of a concrete mixer truck drum.[6]

21-foot-tall sculpture of a sugar beet.

The world’s largest sugar beet.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all land.[7]

The Highway 200 bridge that crosses the Red River was replaced in the late 1990s, after constant flooding found it under water and impassable. Directly across the Red River on the north side of Highway 200, a small pond called Grandin Lake has provided the only close example of a freshwater ecosystem that is not a river. The table top topography of this region is impressive. There are regions of the Red River that have a one-inch change in elevation per mile.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 597 people, 251 households, and 139 families living in the city. The population density was 1,925.8 inhabitants per square mile (743.6/km2). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 987.1 per square mile (381.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 0.2% African American, 2.8% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 251 households, of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.6% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 46.6 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 24.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 622 people, 249 households, and 154 families living in the city. The population density was 2,131.3 people per square mile (828.1/km2). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 1,010.8 per square mile (392.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.37% White, 0.16% African American, 1.45% Native American, 2.41% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.13% of the population.

There were 249 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $38,594 versus $21,354 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,918. About 8.9% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highway 200 are two of the main routes in the community.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “City of Halstad Minnesota”. City of Halstad Minnesota. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ “2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c “2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File”. American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  4. ^ “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ History of Norman County Minnesota (Minnesota Centennial Edition). 1958. p. 59.
  6. ^ a b Pates, Mikkel (July 28, 2020). “Halstad, Minnesota, now home to ‘World’s Largest Sugar Beet’. Agweek. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  7. ^ “US Gazetteer files 2010”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. “Census of Population and Housing”. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  9. ^ “U.S. Census website”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°21′06″N 96°49′43″W / 47.35167°N 96.82861°W / 47.35167; -96.82861