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Population in 2017: 2,195 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -12.0%
 
Males: 1,021  (46.5%)
Females: 1,174  (53.5%)
Median resident age:

46.2 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years

Zip codes: 56097.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $38,415 (it was $26,463 in 2000)
Wells:

$38,415
MN:

$68,388

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,336 (it was $15,614 in 2000)

Wells city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $90,662 (it was $47,800 in 2000)
Wells:

$90,662
MN:

$224,000

Median gross rent in 2017: $602.

March 2019 cost of living index in Wells: 85.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 17.7%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 49.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.1% for other race residents, 13.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Wells, MN (2010)
    • 2,12790.8%White alone
    • 1727.3%Hispanic
    • 180.8%Asian alone
    • 180.8%Two or more races
    • 40.2%Black alone
    • 40.2%American Indian alone

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

Crime rates in Wells by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(44.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(43.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(88.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(183.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
8
(329.2)
4
(159.9)
2
(81.9)
4
(169.0)
11
(474.3)
3
(130.5)
2
(85.1)
7
(307.7)
2
(88.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(90.6)
4
(183.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
17
(699.6)
13
(519.6)
20
(819.0)
7
(295.7)
27
(1,164)
2
(87.0)
15
(638.0)
17
(747.3)
11
(487.6)
6
(265.8)
1
(44.8)
8
(362.3)
3
(137.9)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
1
(41.2)
1
(40.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(126.7)
1
(43.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(44.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(40.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(42.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)54.335.238.533.891.812.631.551.429.328.437.720.855.1

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City-data.com crime index in Wells, MN

Crime rate in Wells detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 5 (5 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.30
Minnesota average:

1.67
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Ancestries: German (42.7%), Norwegian (9.5%), American (5.4%), Polish (3.5%), English (2.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 1.35 square miles.

Population density: 1,625 people per square mile   (low).

Wells, Minnesota map

162 residents are foreign born (5.1% Latin America, 0.8% Asia).

This city:

6.6%
Minnesota:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $854 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,045 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rochester, MN (65.5 miles , pop. 85,806).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (87.5 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (333.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Freeborn, MN (2.9 miles ),
Minnesota Lake, MN (2.9 miles ),
Easton, MN (3.0 miles ),
Alden, MN (3.0 miles ),
Walters, MN (3.1 miles),
Hartland, MN (3.6 miles ),
Bricelyn, MN (3.6 miles ),
Conger, MN (3.6 miles)

Latitude: 43.74 N, Longitude: 93.73 W

Area code: 507

Distribution of median household income in Wells, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Wells, MN in 2017

Wells satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $107,900
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $106,900
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $130,500
  • 2003: 8 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $118,500
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $168,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $109,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Wells, MN residents
Average permit cost in Wells, MN
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.3%
Minnesota:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +35 (+1.4%).
Most common industries in Wells, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (12.9%)
  • Food (12.5%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Health care (7.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.5%)
  • Social assistance (5.1%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (24.0%)
  • Food (16.4%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (8.8%)
  • Educational services (7.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.2%)
  • Repair & maintenance (3.7%)
  • Truck transportation (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (15.7%)
  • Health care (12.2%)
  • Social assistance (10.4%)
  • Food (8.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.3%)
Most common occupations in Wells, MN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Child care workers (4.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.1%)
  • Construction laborers (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Construction laborers (7.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Child care workers (9.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.5%)

Average climate in Wells, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Wells, Minnesota environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Wells-area historical tornado activity is above Minnesota state average. It is 60% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/30/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.1 miles away from the Wells city center killed 6 people and injured 22 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/30/1967, a category F4 tornado 19.1 miles away from the city center killed 5 people and injured 35 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wells-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 83% 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 175.2 miles away from Wells center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 183.7 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 284.6 miles away from Wells center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 268.9 miles away from Wells center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 475.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 237.0 miles away from Wells center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Faribault County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 4, Winds: 3, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wells topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Wells:

  • WELLS HOSPITAL (400 FOURTH AVENUE SOUTHWEST)
  • PARKVIEW CARE CENTER WELLS INC (55 TENTH STREET SOUTHEAST)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Wells:

  • NEW RICHLAND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; NEW RICHLAND, MN)

Airports located in Wells:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wells:

  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 32 miles; Mankato, MN; Full-time enrollment: 13,940)
  • South Central College (about 34 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Riverland Community College (about 37 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 43 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,496)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 51 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • St Olaf College (about 57 miles; Northfield, MN; FT enrollment: 3,141)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 61 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)

Public high schools in Wells:

Public elementary/middle school in Wells:

Private elementary/middle school in Wells:

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Library in Wells:

  • WELLS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $83,415; Location: 54 1ST STREET SW; 21,952 books; 15,187 e-books; 446 audio materials; 1,383 video materials; 14 state licensed databases; 29 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Wells: Wells (A), Wells Golf Club (B), Wells Volunteer Fire Department (C), Wells City Hall (D), Wells City Police Department (E), Wells Public Library (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wells include: United Lutheran Church (A), Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church (B), Calvary Baptist Church (C), Saint Casimir's Catholic Parish (D), United Methodist Church (E), Covenant Life Church (F), Assembly of God Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Birthplace of: Al Juhnke - Politician, Carl W. Riddick - Politician, Frederic Warde - Typographer, Harrison J. Kaiser - Basketball coache.

Faribault County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Minnesota:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

62.7%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.5%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
71 people in nursing homes in 2000
23 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Banks with branches in Wells (2011 data):

  • Wells Federal Bank, FSB: Wells Federal Bank, Fsb at 53 First Streeet, S.W., branch established on 1934/09/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $239.5 mil, Deposits: $213.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices
  • Peoples State Bank of Wells: Peoples State Bank Of Wells at 98 3rd Street Se, branch established on 1924/02/29. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $27.2 mil, Deposits: $23.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Peoples Equity Corporation
  • Paragon Bank: at 190 South Broadway, branch established on 1925/08/31. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $31.0 mil, Deposits: $28.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Southern Minnesota Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Wells:

Marital status in Wells, MN
  • Never married: 22.1%
  • Now married: 57.8%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 11.7%
  • Divorced: 7.4%

For population 25 years and over in Wells:

  • High school or higher: 81.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 7.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.9
Minnesota average:

10.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Wells
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Wells, MN (based on Faribault County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant6,44123
Catholic3,5835
Evangelical Protestant2,10115
Other-1
None2,428-
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: 6
Here:

4.05 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Faribault County:

0.67 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Faribault County:

5.40 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

8.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Faribault County:

26.7%
Minnesota:

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

12.5%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Wells:

50.8%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

46.5%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Wells:

28.4
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wells:

20.5%
Minnesota:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.3%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Wells:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Wells:

34.3%
Minnesota:

33.2%

General health condition:
This city:

55.1%
State:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Wells:

75.5%
Minnesota:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wells, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 4$11,757$35,27110$7,567
Streets and Highways 4$13,165$39,4950$0
Electric Power 3$15,126$60,5041$1,169
Other and Unallocable 3$15,567$62,26835$8,699
Other Government Administration 2$7,628$45,7680$0
Water Supply 2$6,691$40,1460$0
Financial Administration 1$2,680$32,1600$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 1$3,199$38,3881$218
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Local Libraries 0$0 5$7,045
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Gas Supply 0$0 0$0
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Hospitals 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Water Transport and Terminals 0$0 0$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Natural Resources 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 10$4,241
Transit 0$0 0$0
Correction 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Firefighters 0$0 49$1,509
Totals for Government 20$75,813$45,488111$30,448

Wells government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $240,000 ($109.34)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $2,556,000 ($1164.46)
    Liquor Stores: $730,000 ($332.57)
    Regular Highways: $480,000 ($218.68)
    General - Other: $403,000 ($183.60)
    Police Protection: $367,000 ($167.20)
    Sewerage: $364,000 ($165.83)
    Parks and Recreation: $288,000 ($131.21)
    Water Utilities: $280,000 ($127.56)
    Housing and Community Development: $276,000 ($125.74)
    Financial Administration: $210,000 ($95.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $107,000 ($48.75)
    Libraries: $98,000 ($44.65)
    Solid Waste Management: $46,000 ($20.96)
    Air Transportation: $30,000 ($13.67)
    Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($8.66)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $6,000 ($2.73)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $176,000 ($80.18)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $438,000 ($199.54)
    Housing and Community Development: $45,000 ($20.50)
    Electric Utilities: $37,000 ($16.86)
    Police Protection: $13,000 ($5.92)
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000 ($2.73)
    General - Other: $6,000 ($2.73)
    Local Fire Protection: $4,000 ($1.82)
    Libraries: $3,000 ($1.37)
    Regular Highways: $1,000 ($0.46)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,137,000 ($518.00)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $16,000 ($7.29)

Wells government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $360,000 ($164.01)
    Housing and Community Development: $350,000 ($159.45)
    Other: $141,000 ($64.24)
    Parks and Recreation: $138,000 ($62.87)
    Regular Highways: $103,000 ($46.92)
    Solid Waste Management: $61,000 ($27.79)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $207,000 ($94.31)
    Electric Utilities: $8,000 ($3.64)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $66,000 ($30.07)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $150,000 ($68.34)
    Special Assessments: $144,000 ($65.60)
    Interest Earnings: $26,000 ($11.85)
    Fines and Forfeits: $16,000 ($7.29)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $2,584,000 ($1177.22)
    Liquor Stores: $669,000 ($304.78)
    Water Utilities: $293,000 ($133.49)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $943,000 ($429.61)
    Other: $150,000 ($68.34)
    Electric Utilities: $2,000 ($0.91)
  • Tax - Property: $562,000 ($256.04)
    Other License: $18,000 ($8.20)
    Public Utilities Sales: $15,000 ($6.83)

Wells government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,123,000 ($1878.36)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,056,000 ($1392.26)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,520,000 ($692.48)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $453,000 ($206.38)

Wells government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $274,000 ($124.83)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,078,000 ($1402.28)

5.53% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($45,863 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.53%
Minnesota average:

7.17%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Blue Earth County, MN  0.86% ($33,882 average AGI)
to Freeborn County, MN  0.59% ($42,314)
to Martin County, MN  0.54% ($44,438)

Businesses in Wells, MN

  • Chevrolet: 1
  • Dairy Queen: 1
  • True Value: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Wells:

  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KTOE (1420 AM; 5 kW; MANKATO, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KDHL (920 AM; 5 kW; FARIBAULT, MN; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KOWZ (1170 AM; 3 kW; WASECA, MN; Owner: MAIN STREET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KATE (1450 AM; 1 kW; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KBEW (1560 AM; daytime; 1 kW; BLUE EARTH, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wells:

  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KCPI (94.9 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KJLY (104.5 FM; BLUE EARTH, MN; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING,INC)
  • KEEZ-FM (99.1 FM; MANKATO, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KOWZ-FM (100.9 FM; BLOOMING PRAIRIE, MN; Owner: BLOOMING PRAIRIE FARM RADIO INC.)
  • KRUE (92.1 FM; WASECA, MN; Owner: MAIN STREET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBEW-FM (98.1 FM; BLUE EARTH, MN; Owner: KBEW, INC.)
  • KXLP (93.1 FM; NEW ULM, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K299AL (107.7 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: FREEBORN COUNTY CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC)
  • KQPR (96.1 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: HOMETOWN BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Wells:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)
  • K60FY (Channel 60; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K14KD (Channel 14; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K27FI (Channel 27; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K31EF (Channel 31; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K36FI (Channel 36; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K58FC (Channel 58; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K62FH (Channel 62; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K65FW (Channel 65; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • KEYC-TV (Channel 12; MANKATO, MN; Owner: UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
Wells fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017

Wells fatal accident list:

May 7, 1983 04:10 AM, 109, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Feb 22, 1982 02:30 PM, 109, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 46ft / 13.5mTotal length
  • $192,000,000Total costs
  • 2,454Total average daily traffic
  • 140Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,445Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
New bridges in Wells, MN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11940-1949
  • 21960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 21990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Wells, MN

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Wells)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

50 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

7
  • LIFT STATION 2, 10th Ave Sw & 6th St Sw (Lat: 43.740278 Lon: -93.738611), Type: Pole, Structure height: 12 m, Overall height: 15 m, Call Sign: KD38835,
    Assigned Frequencies: 453.562 MHz, Grant Date: 01/31/2014, Expiration Date: 02/07/2024, Registrant: Alpha Wireless Communications Co, 1115 Cross St, North Mankato, MN 56003, Phone: (507) 625-6720
  • City Hall (Lat: 43.745222 Lon: -93.728000), Type: Upole, Structure height: 17 m, Overall height: 23 m, Call Sign: KNDE704,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.850 MHz, Grant Date: 02/28/2012, Expiration Date: 05/14/2022, Certifier: Dolly Schultz, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 30251 Golden Lantern, Suite E # 501, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:
  • 190 Franklin Ne (Lat: 43.745028 Lon: -93.719667), Type: Bant, Structure height: 7.6 m, Overall height: 9.1 m, Call Sign: WNRW988,
    Assigned Frequencies: 463.350 MHz, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 04/20/2025, Certifier: Timothy A Becken, Registrant: Cohn And Marks, LLP, 1920 N Street, Nw - Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 452-4825, Fax: (202) 293-4827, Email:
  • 54 First St Sw (Lat: 43.747167 Lon: -93.732167), Call Sign: KAR727, Licensee ID: L00007936,
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.695 MHz, Grant Date: 06/27/1996, Expiration Date: 08/07/2001, Cancellation Date: 07/31/2001, Registrant: Cooperative Power Association, 14615 Lone Oak Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, Phone: (612) 937-8599
  • 54357 140th St. (Lat: 43.745556 Lon: -93.747222), Call Sign: WQCS850,
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.065 MHz, 160.200 MHz, Grant Date: 03/25/2015, Expiration Date: 05/17/2025, Certifier: Mark Fendrich, Registrant: 2-Way Radio Of Minnesota, Inc.., 604 E. First Street, Janesville, MN 56048, Phone: (507) 234-5279, Fax: (507) 234-5302, Email:
  • 15280 520th Avenue (Lat: 43.706500 Lon: -93.827222), Call Sign: WQMK986,
    Assigned Frequencies: 468.775 MHz, Grant Date: 09/09/2010, Expiration Date: 09/09/2020, Certifier: Donna Warren, Registrant: 2-Way Radio Of Minnesota, Inc., 604 East First Street, Janesville, MN 56048, Phone: (507) 234-5279, Fax: (507) 234-5302, Email:
  • Lat: 43.746333 Lon: -93.725528, Call Sign: WQVY399,
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.712 MHz, 452.762 MHz, 456.462 MHz, 456.712 MHz, 451.462 MHz, Grant Date: 06/15/2015, Expiration Date: 06/15/2025, Certifier: Jim Durfee, Registrant: Communications Usa, Inc., 2229 Enterprise Street, Escondido, CA 92029, Phone: (800) 338-1949, Fax: (858) 674-4273, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • WELLS DT, 555 3rd Street Nw (Lat: 43.753306 Lon: -93.731722), Type: Tower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 80.8 m, Call Sign: WQPP485,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6785.00 MHz, 6785.00 MHz, 6785.00 MHz, 6785.00 MHz, Grant Date: 07/12/2012, Expiration Date: 07/12/2022, Certifier: Pamelia Y Hoof, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 5055 North Point Pkwy, Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (678) 259-1319, Email:
  • WELLS 2, Highway 90, South Of (Lat: 43.652500 Lon: -93.679444), Type: Tower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 79.2 m, Call Sign: WQPQ366,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, Grant Date: 07/18/2012, Expiration Date: 07/18/2022, Certifier: Pamelia Y Hoof, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 5055 North Point Pkwy, Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (678) 259-1319, Email:
  • ATC 418007, 555 3rd Street Nw (Lat: 43.753306 Lon: -93.731722), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 80.8 m, Call Sign: WRCF600,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11155.0 MHz, 11155.0 MHz, 11155.0 MHz, 11155.0 MHz, 11155.0 MHz, Grant Date: 09/18/2018, Expiration Date: 09/18/2028, Certifier: Jason M Niebuhr, Registrant: Intelpath, Hinsdale, IL 60522, Phone: (312) 841-9188, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 2nd Ave & 2nd Street (Lat: 43.749111 Lon: -93.731333), Overall height: 457 m, Call Sign: KNKM587,
    Assigned Frequencies: 931.487 MHz, Grant Date: 04/27/1999, Expiration Date: 06/15/2008, Cancellation Date: 11/02/2004, Certifier: William Buxbaum, Registrant: Network Services, LLC Debtor-In-Possession, 525 South Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245, Phone: (310) 615-6523, Fax: (310) 615-6581, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Wells)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-402A (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Turbo-prop
    N-Number: 402CW , Serial Number: 402A-1061, Certificate Issue Date: 05/21/2012
    Registrant (Partnership): Flying Service LLP Thisius, 15665 590th Ave, Wells, MN 56097
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172L (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7253Q , Serial Number: 17260553, Year manufactured: 1972, Airworthiness Date: 06/12/1972, Certificate Issue Date: 04/01/2015
    Registrant (Corporation): Harry's Hawks, 54720 State Highway 109, Wells, MN 56097
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-301 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 71 mph), Engine: P&W R1340 SERIES (600 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8541S , Serial Number: 301-0140, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 06/15/1978, Certificate Issue Date: 06/28/2013
    Registrant (Partnership): Flying Service LLP Thisius, 15665 590th Ave, Wells, MN 56097, Other Owners: John Thisius, Marcy Thisius

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 9. The highest number of fires - 33 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2003. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Wells, MN When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (51.6%), and Outside Fires (32.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Wells, MN
    • 8251.6%Structure Fires
    • 5132.1%Outside Fires
    • 1911.9%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 74.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Wells, MN
Most common first names in Wells, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3577.7 years
William3179.3 years
Henry3081.5 years
Edward2577.1 years
Frank2181.4 years
Emma2186.6 years
Joseph2180.7 years
George1978.0 years
Marie1883.9 years
Anna1786.7 years
Most common last names in Wells, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Schultz3279.6 years
Miller3181.7 years
Schroeder2072.6 years
Stenzel1877.1 years
Staloch1883.0 years
Johnson1882.4 years
Meyer1783.0 years
Brandt1678.3 years
Neubauer1680.7 years
Rollenhagen1584.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Wells, MN
  • 92.5%Utility gas
  • 5.8%Electricity
  • 0.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Wells, MN
  • 65.1%Utility gas
  • 29.2%Electricity
  • 4.5%Other fuel
  • 1.3%No fuel used


Wells compared to Minnesota state average:

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

Wells on our top lists:

  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Northern Europe (population 500+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
There are 4 pilots and 6 other airmen in this city.
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