Bluffton, Minnesota

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Population in 2014: 210 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: 0.0%
 
Males: 94  (44.9%)
Females: 116  (55.1%)
Median resident age:  37.1 years
Minnesota median age:  37.9 years

Zip codes: 56482, 56518.

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Estimated median household income in 2015: $41,944 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$41,944
MN:

$63,488

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $19,248 (it was $12,105 in 2000)

Bluffton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $127,605 (it was $54,200 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$127,605
MN:

$200,000

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $158,484; Detached houses: $158,105

Median gross rent in 2015: $890.

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  • Races in Bluffton, MN (2010)

    Bluffton races chart
    • 19996.1%White alone
    • 31.4%Two or more races
    • 31.4%Hispanic
    • 10.5%American Indian alone
    • 10.5%Asian alone

Races in Bluffton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bluffton: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (65.3%), Norwegian (8.1%), Czech (4.8%), Finnish (4.8%), Northern European (4.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1350 feet

Land area: 2.77 square miles.

Population density: 76 people per square mile   (very low).

Bluffton,MN real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Bluffton:

  • High school or higher: 92.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 1.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bluffton city:

  • Never married: 23.0%
  • Now married: 62.2%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 9.7%

6 residents are foreign born (2.7% Latin America).

This city:

2.7%
Minnesota:

7.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $979 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,397 (1.1%)

Bluffton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (79.9 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (140.7 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (492.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Wadena, MN (2.2 miles ), Deer Creek, MN (2.6 miles ), New York Mills, MN (2.8 miles ), Verndale, MN (3.4 miles ), Hewitt, MN (3.5 miles ), Sebeka, MN (3.6 miles ), Henning, MN (3.8 miles ), Aldrich, MN (3.9 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $175,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $140,000
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $175,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 46.47 N, Longitude: 95.23 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 218

Bluffton household income distribution Bluffton home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.0%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +23 (+12.3%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (36%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (25%)
  • Other services, except public administration (13%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Wholesale trade (2%)
  • Health care and social assistance (49%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Wholesale trade (3%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (21%)
  • Transportation occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (13%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (4%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (24%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Community and social service occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Bluffton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bluffton, Minnesota

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Tornado activity:

Bluffton-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 21% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/2001, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 14.0 miles away from the Bluffton city center injured 3 people and caused $5 million in damages.

On 6/11/1966, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 42.5 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bluffton-area historical earthquake activity is near Minnesota state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 67.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 74.9 miles away from Bluffton center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 256.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 91.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 757.7 miles away from Bluffton center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 243.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Otter Tail County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Bluffton:

  • TRI COUNTY HOSP HOME HLTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; WADENA, MN)
  • TRI COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 5 miles away; WADENA, MN)
  • OAKRIDGE HOMES OF WADENA (Hospital, about 6 miles away; WADENA, MN)
  • FAIR OAKS LODGE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; WADENA, MN)
  • CARING HANDS HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; SEBEKA, MN)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - HENNING (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; HENNING, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bluffton:

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 42 miles; Alexandria, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,324)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 44 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 50 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 68 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Bemidji State University (about 73 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 77 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 78 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)

Private high school in Bluffton:

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Notable locations in Bluffton: Bluffton (A), Bluffton Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Bluffton: Saint John's Catholic Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Saint John's Catholic Church Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Bluff Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Otter Tail County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 6.3%
(6.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  68.4%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.3%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported
6 people in other group homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Bluffton (2011 data):

  • Wadena State Bank: Bluffton Branch at Center Avenue And Second Street, branch established on 1979/10/22. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $117.8 mil, Deposits: $99.1 mil, headquarters in Wadena, MN, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Wadena Bankshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.3
Minnesota average:

10.8

Bluffton travel time to work - commute Bluffton mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Bluffton city (based on Otter Tail County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant18,01849
Evangelical Protestant14,56960
Catholic7,81314
Other1993
None16,704-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
Otter Tail County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Otter Tail County:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 39
Otter Tail County:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 44
Here:

7.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.6%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Otter Tail County:

28.1%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.1%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

45.6%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

34.4%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

27.8
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

15.8%
State:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Bluffton:

7.2%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Bluffton:

27.9%
Minnesota:

33.2%

General health condition:
Bluffton:

50.3%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Bluffton:

73.0%
Minnesota:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bluffton, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$1,723
Firefighters 0$0 23$174
Sewerage 0$0 1$853
Totals for Government 0$0 31$2,750

Bluffton government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $13,000 ($61.90)
    Fire Protection: $9,000 ($42.86)
    Regular Highways: $9,000 ($42.86)
    General - Other: $8,000 ($38.10)
    Parks & Recreation: $7,000 ($33.33)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($14.29)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($9.52)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($4.76)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,000 ($14.29)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $8,000 ($38.10)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($14.29)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($4.76)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,000 ($61.90)

Bluffton government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $19,000 ($90.48)
    All Other: $5,000 ($23.81)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,000 ($4.76)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $12,000 ($57.14)
    Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($19.05)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $8,000 ($38.10)
    All Other: $5,000 ($23.81)
  • Tax - Property: $18,000 ($85.71)
    NEC: $2,000 ($9.52)

Bluffton government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $60,000 ($285.71)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $56,000 ($266.67)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $4,000 ($19.05)

Bluffton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $253,000 ($1204.76)

5.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,328 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.01%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cass County, ND  0.38% ($45,655 average AGI)
from Becker County, MN  0.34% ($25,141)
from Clay County, MN  0.31% ($35,899)


5.03% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,150 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.03%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cass County, ND  0.60% ($28,615 average AGI)
to Clay County, MN  0.44% ($28,424)
to Becker County, MN  0.32% ($36,151)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bluffton:

  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KWAD (920 AM; 1 kW; WADENA, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WWWI (1270 AM; 5 kW; BAXTER, MN; Owner: TOWER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KLTF (960 AM; 5 kW; LITTLE FALLS, MN; Owner: KLTF/KFML, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KLIZ (1380 AM; 5 kW; BRAINERD, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY. LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bluffton:

  • KKWS (105.9 FM; WADENA, MN; Owner: KOMMERSTAD COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC)
  • KPRW (99.5 FM; PERHAM, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSKK (94.7 FM; STAPLES, MN; Owner: NORMIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • K272CR (102.3 FM; NEW YORK MILLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KRVI (95.1 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KDKK (97.5 FM; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DELAHUNT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KBPR (90.7 FM; BRAINERD, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO INC.)
  • KXKK (92.5 FM; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: BERNADINE A. SCHUMACHER)
  • K252BK (98.3 FM; WADENA, ETC., MN; Owner: MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS, IN)

TV broadcast stations around Bluffton:

  • K17FE (Channel 17; WADENA, MN; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K63DX (Channel 63; WADENA, MN; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • K32FY (Channel 32; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K45AR (Channel 45; EAGLE BEND, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 790)

Bluffton fatal accident list:

Nov 12, 1986 07:27 AM, 10, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 10m33ftTotal length
  • $289,000Total costs
  • 14,400Total average daily traffic
  • 1,268Total average daily truck traffic
  • 13,451Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
Most common first names in Bluffton, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Joseph481.5 years
Henry476.2 years
Ludwig381.7 years
William376.0 years
Hubert280.0 years
Hugo278.0 years
Alphonse280.5 years
John274.0 years
Katherine279.0 years
Bernice275.5 years
Most common last names in Bluffton, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Geiser679.7 years
Roggenkamp681.8 years
Wegscheid483.0 years
Kupfer380.7 years
Langer374.3 years
Peters374.7 years
Buettner282.1 years
Anderson269.5 years
Heltemes286.5 years
Klein289.5 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (40%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16%)
  • Wood (15%)
  • Utility gas (3%)

Bluffton compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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