Elgin, Minnesota

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Elgin, Minnesota

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Elgin Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
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Top 14% Elgin Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Elgin Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Elgin, Minnesota

Comparing Elgin 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Senior Citizens 2 3
Racial Diversity 2 3
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 8
Portion of People Married 4 4


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 5 2
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 6 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5
Housing Recently Built 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Elgin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NE of Rochester, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Wabasha
Standard Zip Codes 55932
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.13
Longitude -92.251

Elgin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
Station ALMA DAM 4
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 23 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 58 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Distance 33.4 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
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Elgin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 826 100%
Male 413 50%
Female 413 50%
Under 18 263 31.8%
18+ 563 68.2%
65+ 90 10.9%
Median Age 30.8
Average Family Size 3.17
White 817 98.9%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 5 0.6%
Mixed Race 1 0.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 1%

Estimated Elgin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 938
Growth 112
Growth % 13.6%

Elgin 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 58.9%
Norwegian 9.1%
US/American 6.8%
Irish 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
Romanian 3.7%
English 3.1%
Danish 1.9%
Swedish 1.4%
Eastern European 1.2%
Dutch 0.9%
Polish 0.9%
Italian 0.8%
Greek 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
British 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Elgin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Potsdam (55932)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Elgin 826 $47,917
Elba 214 $41,042
Eyota 1,644 $53,036
Hammond 198 $38,750
Millville 186 $52,750
Plainview 3,190 $48,971
Rochester 85,806 $60,754
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Elgin High Schools (2004)

70 1ST ST. S.E.
Serves 273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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