Cottonwood, Minnesota

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Cottonwood, Minnesota

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High Points

Cottonwood strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Minnesota):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Cottonwood Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Cottonwood Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Cottonwood Low Rate of Poverty
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Cottonwood Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Cottonwood, Minnesota

Comparing Cottonwood to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Senior Citizens 6 5
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 3 4
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 7
College Educated Adults 8 7
Median Family Income 8 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Housing Recently Built 6 6
People Living Alone 4 4

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Cottonwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 88 miles NE of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Lyon
Standard Zip Codes 56229
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.608
Longitude -95.673

Cottonwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches
Distance 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 26.6 inches
Distance 30.5 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 26.2 inches
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Cottonwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,148 100%
Male 594 51.7%
Female 554 48.3%
Under 18 335 29.2%
18+ 813 70.8%
65+ 180 15.7%
Median Age 34.6
Average Family Size 3.03
White 1,106 96.3%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 5 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.3%
Other 29 2.5%
Mixed Race 4 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 26 2.3%

Estimated Cottonwood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,123
Growth -25
Growth % -2.2%

Cottonwood Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 36.2%
Norwegian 25.2%
Belgian 6.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.3%
US/American 5.2%
Swedish 3.3%
Irish 3%
English 3%
Dutch 2.4%
Polish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Danish 1.6%
Scandinavian 1.5%
Czech 1.3%
French Canadian 0.8%
Italian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cottonwood 1,148 $49,375
Clarkfield 944 $39,926
Echo 278 $35,500
Ghent 315 $47,417
Hanley Falls 323 $37,500
Marshall 12,735 $52,284
Wood Lake 436 $46,875
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Cottonwood High Schools (2004)

Serves 276 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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