Vergas, Minnesota

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Population in 2013: 338 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +8.7%
 
Males: 175  (51.8%)
Females: 163  (48.2%)
Median resident age:  52.9 years
Minnesota median age:  37.7 years

Zip codes: 56587.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,086 (it was $27,344 in 2000)
Vergas:

$41,086
MN:

$60,702

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,814 (it was $14,461 in 2000)

Vergas city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $107,830 (it was $62,400 in 2000)
Vergas:

$107,830
MN:

$180,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $192,148; Detached houses: $201,770; Townhouses or other attached units: $179,970; In 2-unit structures: $73,279; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $127,956; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $66,107; Mobile homes: $62,212; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $38,324

Median gross rent in 2013: $617.

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  • Races in Vergas, MN (2010)

    Vergas races chart
    • 32899.1%White alone
    • 10.3%Black alone
    • 10.3%Two or more races
    • 10.3%Hispanic

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Vergas: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (36.0%), Norwegian (21.8%), Irish (10.8%), English (5.8%), Swedish (4.6%), French (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1410 feet

Land area: 1.45 square miles.

Population density: 232 people per square mile   (very low).

Vergas,MN real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Vergas:

  • High school or higher: 93.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.5%
  • Unemployed: 8.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Vergas city:

  • Never married: 17.1%
  • Now married: 52.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 15.6%
  • Divorced: 14.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $991 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,262 (1.1%)

Vergas satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (49.8 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (169.3 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (522.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Frazee, MN (2.7 miles ), Dent, MN (2.9 miles) , Detroit Lakes, MN (3.3 miles ), Perham, MN (3.4 miles ), Richville, MN (3.7 miles) , Pelican Rapids, MN (3.8 miles ), Audubon, MN (4.1 miles ), Erhard, MN (4.3 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $119,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $245,300

Latitude: 46.66 N, Longitude: 95.81 W

Area code: 218

Vergas household income distribution Vergas home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.4%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +24 (+8.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (33%)
  • Retail trade (25%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
  • Manufacturing (19%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (26%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (21%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (4%)
  • Sales and related occupations (19%)
  • Production occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (13%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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

Average climate in Vergas, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Vergas-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 15% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/20/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 25.0 miles away from the Vergas city center killed 10 people and injured 103 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1975, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 46.1 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Vergas-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% 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 69.2 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 71.8 miles away from Vergas center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 243.1 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 78.5 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 731.7 miles away from Vergas 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 236.7 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 (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Vergas topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Vergas:

  • FRAZEE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; FRAZEE, MN)
  • EMMANUEL NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; DETROIT LAKES, MN)
  • WEST HOME (Hospital, about 12 miles away; DETROIT LAKES, MN)
  • ESSENTIA HEALTH OAK CROSSING (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; DETROIT LAKES, MN)
  • ST MARYS HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 12 miles away; DETROIT LAKES, MN)
  • SANFORD DIALYSIS DETROIT LAKES (Dialysis Facility, about 12 miles away; DETROIT LAKES, MN)
  • PERHAM LIVING HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 12 miles away; PERHAM, MN)

Amtrak station near Vergas:

  • 12 miles: DETROIT LAKES (116 PIONEER ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Vergas:

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 29 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 4,863)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 47 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 48 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 48 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 51 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 59 miles; Alexandria, MN; FT enrollment: 2,324)
  • Bemidji State University (about 73 miles; Bemidji, MN; FT enrollment: 4,316)

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Notable locations in Vergas: Vergas (A), Long Lake - Vergas Rest Area (B), Candor - Dora - Hobart - Vergas Fire and Rescue Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Vergas include: Saint John's Lutheran Church (A), United Methodist Church (B), Lakes Area Word Fellowship (C), Loon Lake Lutheran Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Johns Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Vergas: Vergas Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Governor's Point (32347 Governors Point Road).

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
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 62.2. This is about average.

City:

62.2
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 30.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.7
U.S.:

32.0
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 6.8%
(7.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  1.9 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  50.0%
Whole state:  64.6%

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

No gay or lesbian households reported

Vergas compared to Minnesota state average:

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

Banks with branches in Vergas (2011 data):

  • Vergas State Bank: at 106 East Main Street, branch established on 1909/09/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $46.3 mil, Deposits: $39.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Vergas Bancorporation, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.1
Minnesota average:

10.7

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (39%)
  • Electricity (36%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14%)
  • Wood (7%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Vergas 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%
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
Financial Administration 1$3,361$40,3320$0
Streets and Highways 1$3,177$38,1240$0
Parks and Recreation 1$1,645$19,7401$66
Totals for Government 3$8,183$32,7321$66

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $44,000 ($130.18)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $347,000 ($1026.63)
    Sewerage: $52,000 ($153.85)
    Water Utilities: $47,000 ($139.05)
    Parks & Recreation: $25,000 ($73.96)
    Fire Protection: $20,000 ($59.17)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($56.21)
    General - Other: $11,000 ($32.54)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($17.75)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($8.88)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($2.96)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,000 ($106.51)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $19,000 ($56.21)
    General - Other: $12,000 ($35.50)
    Regular Highways: $11,000 ($32.54)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $75,000 ($221.89)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($38.46)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $67,000 ($198.22)
    Parks & Recreation: $8,000 ($23.67)
    All Other: $3,000 ($8.88)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $30,000 ($88.76)
    General Revenue, NEC: $21,000 ($62.13)
    Interest Earnings: $10,000 ($29.59)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $375,000 ($1109.47)
    Water Utilities: $61,000 ($180.47)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $85,000 ($251.48)
    General Support: $21,000 ($62.13)
  • Tax - Property: $57,000 ($168.64)
    NEC: $4,000 ($11.83)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $271,000 ($801.78)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $681,000 ($2014.79)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $644,000 ($1905.33)
    Water Utilities: $262,000 ($775.15)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $37,000 ($109.47)
    Water Utilities: $9,000 ($26.63)

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 Vergas:

  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KDLM (1340 AM; 1 kW; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: LEIGHTON ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KQWB (1660 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KFGO (790 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KJJK (1020 AM; 2 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KVOX (1280 AM; 5 kW; MOORHEAD, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDAY (970 AM; 5 kW; FARGO, ND; Owner: FORUM COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)

Strongest FM radio stations in Vergas:

  • KRVI (95.1 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRCQ (102.3 FM; DETROIT LAKES, MN; Owner: DETROIT LAKES BROADCASTING COMPANY,)
  • KBOT (104.1 FM; PELICAN RAPIDS, MN; Owner: WASHINGTON RADIO, INC,)
  • KZCR (103.3 FM; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC)
  • KPRW (99.5 FM; PERHAM, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KJJK-FM (96.5 FM; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Vergas:

  • K49FA (Channel 49; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA ED. TV CORP.)
  • K41CS (Channel 41; ERHARD, MN; Owner: RURAL SVCS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA, INC)
  • K43CS (Channel 43; ERHARD, MN; Owner: RURAL SVCS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA, INC)
  • K51DC (Channel 51; ERHARD, MN; Owner: RURAL SVCS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA, INC)
  • K31CH (Channel 31; ERHARD, MN; Owner: RURAL SVCS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA, INC)
  • K39CJ (Channel 39; ERHARD, MN; Owner: RURAL SVCS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA, INC)

Vergas fatal accident list:

Aug 17, 1984 11:30 PM, 4, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Vergas)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 46.686917 Lon: -95.814778, Call Sign: WPQK433, Licensee ID: L00206008
    Assigned Frequencies: 456.225 MHz, 456.550 MHz, 456.862 MHz, 457.212 MHz, 457.637 MHz, 456.400 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/28/2005, Expiration Date: 08/16/2015, Certifier: Kathleen Nelson
    Registrant: Great River Energy, Elk River, MN 55330-0800, Phone: (763) 241-2220, Fax: (763) 241-6020

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • STATION, Nw 1/4 Of Nw 1/4 Of Section 13 Candor Twp T137n R41w (Lat: 46.686889 Lon: -95.814750), Overall height: 61 m, Call Sign: WNTN364
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.743 MHz, 928.743 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/19/2002, Expiration Date: 05/26/2012, Cancellation Date: 04/18/2012, Certifier: James L Goodin
    Registrant: Bv Larson Inc., 1082 West Bone Lake Ln, Milltown, WI 54858, Phone: (715) 857-5557, Fax: (715) 857-5557, Email:
  • STATION, Nw 1/4 Of Nw 1/4 Sect 13 Candor Twp T137n R41w (Lat: 46.686889 Lon: -95.814750), Overall height: 57.9 m, Call Sign: WNTV945
    Assigned Frequencies: 958.350 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/22/1999, Expiration Date: 09/09/2009, Cancellation Date: 08/11/2009, Certifier: James L Goodin
    Registrant: Bv Larson Inc., 1082 West Bone Lake Ln, Milltown, WI 54858, Phone: (715) 857-5557, Fax: (715) 857-5557, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KA0WWV, Licensee ID: L00241956
    Grant Date: 02/15/2012, Expiration Date: 04/21/2022, Certifier: Donald W Homme
    Registrant: Donald W Homme, Vergas, MN 56587-0186
  • Call Sign: KB0UKZ, Licensee ID: L01039547
    Grant Date: 10/13/2005, Expiration Date: 11/07/2015
    Registrant: Ruth M Homme, 213 W. Main St. P.O, Box 186, Vergas, MN 56587

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-11 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 67 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR C90 SERIES (95 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4864M , Serial Number: 11-382, Year manufactured: 1947, Airworthiness Date: 04/12/1956
    Registrant (Individual): Marcus A Strawhorn, Rr 1 Box 173, Vergas, MN 56587

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 19
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Vergas, MN
Most common first names in Vergas, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert1277.3 years
William1082.3 years
Otto978.1 years
Henry982.1 years
Edward876.6 years
Harry780.7 years
Herman785.0 years
Albert778.4 years
Elsie785.0 years
Walter680.8 years
Most common last names in Vergas, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Sonnenberg1477.4 years
Kratzke1379.1 years
Glawe1172.6 years
Hoffman984.4 years
Sandau976.3 years
Bruhn766.9 years
Peterson674.7 years
Davis679.0 years
Soland575.4 years
Jacobson572.8 years
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