Winona, Minnesota

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Winona, Minnesota

Introduction to Winona, Minnesota

The city of Winona, county seat of Winona County, is located in southeastern Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River. The city is situated 50 miles east of Rochester and about 135 miles southeast of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Home to Winona State University and Saint Mary's College, the city is a commercial, manufacturing, and shipping center nestled within an agricultural and limestone-quarrying region.

Founded in 1851 by a steamboat captain and incorporated in 1857, Winona's was originally named Montezuma but was later renamed for a Dakota Indian princess (Winona is the phonetic pronunciation of the Dakota term meaning "first-born daughter"). The year 1858 saw the establishment of Winona Normal School in the city, a school which later became Winona State University. In 1912, St. Mary's College was founded as a private Roman Catholic school which later went on to become St. Mary's University.

Things to See and Do in Winona

Winona maintains a lively arts scene. In addition to the arts introduced to the community by its local educational institutions, Winona has two professional theater companies. The Great River Shakespeare Festival runs six weeks each summer, showcasing two Shakespeare plays in repertory. The Theatre du Mississippi presents original live plays and locally produced films in a variety of venues including the turn-of-the- century Masonic Theatre as well as outdoor sites. Housed in a 1915 brick fortress reminiscent of its original purpose as an armory, the Winona County Historical Museum displays artifacts depicting Winona's city and county history. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, encompassing works of international and local artists, currently features four major art collections and will soon present a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers river dredge as an exhibit. Other cultural and historic sites include:

  • Merchants Bank: A Prairie School style building originally completed in 1912.
  • Pickwick Mill: An 1850s six-story pioneer mill which was used for grounding flour for the Civil War.
  • Church of Saint Stanislaus Kostka: An 1894 structure featuring unique architecture.
  • Arches Museum
  • Bunnell House
  • Julius C. Wilkie Steamboat Center
  • Polish Cultural Institute of Winona
  • Watkins Heritage Museum

Winona is not lacking in outdoor attractions. Some of its more popular are as follows:

  • Sugar Loaf Mountain: An historic site towering 500 feet over Lake Winona.
  • Rockie Hill Bison Farm
  • Julia Belle Swain Steamboat
  • C. A. Rohrer Rose Garden
  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Winona is rich in college sports, owing to the presence of Winona State University's athletic teams. Known as the Warriors, the University's teams compete in the NCAA's Division II and participate in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with the exception of the men's tennis team (North Central Conference) and the women's gymnastics team (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). The Warriors football team has won the NSIC conference championship nine times since 1993 and its men's basketball team recently captured the 2006 NCAA Division II Basketball Championship, the first NCAA title for the University.

Sports fans willing to take the two-hour drive north to Minneapolis-St. Paul will be rewarded with a plethora of teams in a variety of professional sports. Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins reside there, as do the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Pro basketball fans can see the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves or the Women's National Basketball Association's Minnesota Lynx. Major league hockey resides there too, embodied by the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Also located in the Twin Cities are the United Soccer League's Minnesota Thunder and the National Lacrosse League's Minnesota Swarm.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winona Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Winona Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Winona Walking and Biking to Work
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Winona Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Winona Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Winona Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Winona Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Winona, Minnesota

Comparing Winona 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
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 7 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 9
Well-Paid Single Men 4 4
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Age of the Population 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 9
Median Family Income 5 6
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
People Above Poverty 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 6 3
Public Transportation Use 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 6
People Living Alone 10 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Housing Recently Built 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 9 8

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Winona Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NW of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Winona
Standard Zip Codes 55987
P.O. Box Zip Codes 55988
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.05
Longitude -91.639

Winona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WINONA
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Station DODGE
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 26 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 58 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
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Winona Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 27,069 100%
Male 12,727 47%
Female 14,342 53%
Under 18 4,883 18%
18+ 22,186 82%
65+ 3,847 14.2%
Median Age 28.8
Average Family Size 2.94
White 25,573 94.5%
African-American 306 1.1%
Asian 718 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 61 0.2%
Other 128 0.5%
Mixed Race 279 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 365 1.3%

Estimated Winona Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 26,587
Growth -482
Growth % -1.8%

Winona 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 36.3%
Norwegian 13.4%
Polish 12.7%
Irish 8.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
English 3.6%
US/American 2.9%
Swedish 2.1%
French (except Basque) 2%
Italian 1.8%
Czech 1.3%
European 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Danish 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Luxemburger 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
African 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lamoille (55987)
Pickwick (55987)
Wilson (55987)
Wiscoy (55987)
Witoka (55987)

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)
Winona 27,069 $48,413
Goodview 3,373 $52,837
Lewiston 1,484 $48,631
Minneiska 116 $53,750
Minnesota City 235 $47,708
Rollingstone 697 $49,083
Stockton 682 $47,159

Winona Public Libraries

Winona Public Library
Winona, Minnesota
(507) 452-4582

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Winona Hospitals

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(507) 454-3650
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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1. Maryville, Missouri 87.6   35.8% 12.5% 35.5% 12 $43,906 3.7% 4.2% 10,581 23.6% 23 0.4% 1.4
2. Yankton, South Dakota 87.1   35.1% 17.2% 24% 13 $44,009 6% 5.6% 13,528 10.2% 24.4 0.3% 1.5
3. Oshkosh, Wisconsin 86.3   32.4% 13.1% 23.1% 17 $48,843 5.4% 7.3% 62,916 10.2% 31.9 0.4% 2.3
4. Rome, New York 84.4   33.3% 17.2% 15.7% 19 $42,928 5.9% 12.1% 34,950 15% 20.1 0.2% 1.4
5. Hays, Kansas 84   32.1% 13.2% 32.9% 13 $45,552 5.7% 4.6% 20,013 14.9% 32.3 0.2% 2
6. Mount Pleasant, Iowa 83.4   33.3% 14.1% 18.1% 13 $46,063 5.9% 9.5% 8,751 10.2% 32.6 0.4% 2.1
7. Staunton, Virginia 82.8   34.7% 18% 20.4% 20 $44,422 5.2% 16.7% 23,853 11.7% 35.7 0.4% 1.8
8. Warrensburg, Missouri 80.2   30.1% 9.7% 37.2% 19 $45,845 5.2% 13.1% 16,340 24.3% 32.1 0.1% 2.4
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