Wells, Minnesota

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Wells Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Wells Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 16% Wells Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Wells, Minnesota

Comparing Wells 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Racial Diversity 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1
Male Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 2
Median Family Income 5 2
College Educated Adults 4 2

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
People Living Alone 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Housing Recently Built 2 1

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Wells Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles W of Rochester, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Faribault
Standard Zip Codes 56097
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.746
Longitude -93.728

Wells Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.1 inches
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 21 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Wells Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,494 100%
Male 1,164 46.7%
Female 1,330 53.3%
Under 18 580 23.3%
18+ 1,914 76.7%
65+ 648 26%
Median Age 42.9
Average Family Size 2.94
White 2,402 96.3%
African-American 1 0%
Asian 17 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.2%
Other 54 2.2%
Mixed Race 16 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 118 4.7%

Estimated Wells Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,485
Growth -9
Growth % -0.4%

Wells 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 49.3%
Norwegian 13.6%
Polish 9.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7%
US/American 3.8%
English 3.6%
Irish 3%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Swedish 2.2%
Danish 1.2%
Somalian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Dutch 0.6%
Austrian 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wells 2,494 $38,523
Alden 652 $42,250
Easton 214 $30,625
Freeborn 305 $47,031
Hartland 288 $46,250
Minnesota Lake 681 $44,091
Waldorf 242 $41,250

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Wells Public Library
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(507) 553-3702
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250 2ND AVE. S.W.
Serves 372 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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