West Union, Minnesota

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Population in 2012: 114 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +31.0%
Males: 65  (57.5%)
Females: 49  (42.5%)
Median resident age:  35.8 years
Minnesota median age:  42.9 years

Zip code: 56389

Estimated median household income in 2012: $47,323 (it was $24,643 in 2000)
West Union:

$47,323
MN:

$58,906
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,330 (it was $10,441 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $63,354 (it was $46,300 in 2000)
West Union:

$63,354
MN:

$178,400
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $70,089; Detached houses: $70,089
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  • White alone - 110 (99.1%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.9%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in West Union: 91.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (50.0%), Irish (12.9%), United States (7.9%), Italian (5.7%), Norwegian (5.7%), French (5.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1330 feet

Land area: 0.34 square miles.

Population density: 331 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in West Union:

  • High school or higher: 88.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 11.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in West Union city:

  • Never married: 33.6%
  • Now married: 38.9%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 21.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $671 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $380 (0.8%)

West Union satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (47.2 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (105.5 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (459.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Osakis, MN (2.3 miles ), Westport, MN (2.7 miles) , Sauk Centre, MN (2.8 miles ), Nelson, MN (3.2 miles) , Villard, MN (3.3 miles ), Forada, MN (3.6 miles) , Alexandria, MN (3.9 miles ), Carlos, MN (3.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 45.80 N, Longitude: 95.08 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 320

West Union household income distribution West Union home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.6%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +26 (+42.6%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (28%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (28%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Utilities (13%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Retail trade (67%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)

Average climate in West Union, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

West Union-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 11% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/18/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.4 miles away from the West Union city center injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1964, a category F3 tornado 20.0 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West Union-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 47.0 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 59.0 miles away from West Union center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 238.2 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 85.8 miles away from the city center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 55.4 miles away from West Union 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 282.0 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 Todd County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near West Union:

  • COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; OSAKIS, MN)
  • ST MICHAELS HOSPITAL AND NH (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; SAUK CENTRE, MN)
  • ROSEWOOD (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • KNUTE NELSON HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • KNUTE NELSON (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • CENTRACARE KIDNEY PROG AT DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSP (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)
  • DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 16 miles away; ALEXANDRIA, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to West Union:

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 15 miles; Alexandria, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,324)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 41 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Rasmussen College-Minnesota (about 46 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 4,575)
  • Ridgewater College (about 46 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • St Cloud Technical and Community College (about 47 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 3,493)
  • Saint Cloud State University (about 49 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 12,822)
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd (about 57 miles; Brainerd, MN; FT enrollment: 3,371)

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Church in West Union: Saint Alexius Catholic Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Todd County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 4.4%
(4.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  73.8%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.1%
Whole state:  6.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 2.4% of all households

West Union compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age 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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

West Union travel time to work - commute West Union mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (42%)
  • Electricity (22%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (22%)
  • Wood (10%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for West Union city (based on Todd County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 64.49%
Here: 64.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents45.8%18.3%17.8%5.5%3.0%
Congregations15.7%15.7%19.6%15.7%5.9%
NameUnited Church of ChristChristian and Missionary AllianceConservative Baptist Association of AmericaOld Order AmishOther
Adherents2.1%1.8%1.5%0.8%3.4%
Congregations5.9%2.0%2.0%3.9%13.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Todd County:

4.17 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Todd County:

5.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 17
Here:

7.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.3%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Todd County:

28.3%
Minnesota:

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

11.8%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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 6$121
Totals for Government 0$0 6$121

West Union government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $3,000 ($26.32)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,000 ($26.32)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($26.32)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($8.77)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($8.77)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($8.77)
    Fire Protection: $1,000 ($8.77)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $6,000 ($52.63)

West Union government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,000 ($26.32)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $3,000 ($26.32)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($8.77)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $4,000 ($35.09)
  • Tax - Property: $4,000 ($35.09)
    NEC: $1,000 ($8.77)

5.44% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($35,841 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.44%
Minnesota average:

7.79%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Stearns County, MN  0.77% ($39,453 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.52% ($43,767)
from Morrison County, MN  0.48% ($20,875)


7.12% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,919 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.12%
Minnesota average:

7.84%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Stearns County, MN  0.91% ($31,571 average AGI)
to Morrison County, MN  0.64% ($31,963)
to Douglas County, MN  0.54% ($30,043)

Strongest AM radio stations in West Union:

  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KXRA (1490 AM; 1 kW; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEXANDRIA, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KLTF (960 AM; 5 kW; LITTLE FALLS, MN; Owner: KLTF/KFML, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KEYL (1400 AM; 1 kW; LONG PRAIRIE, MN; Owner: PRAIRIE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KASM (1150 AM; 2 kW; ALBANY, MN; Owner: STARCOM, LLC)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Union:

  • KBHL (103.9 FM; OSAKIS, MN; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KULO (94.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KIKV-FM (100.7 FM; SAUK CENTRE, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXRZ (99.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEXANDRIA, INC.)
  • KXRA-FM (92.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: PARADIS BROADCASTING OF ALEX, INC.)
  • KSJR-FM (90.1 FM; COLLEGEVILLE, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KQIC (102.5 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: LAKELAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KNSR (88.9 FM; COLLEGEVILLE, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KMGK (107.1 FM; GLENWOOD, MN; Owner: BRANSTOCK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KXDL (99.7 FM; BROWERVILLE, MN; Owner: PRAIRIE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KRVY-FM (97.3 FM; STARBUCK, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLFN (106.5 FM; SUNBURG, MN; Owner: LAKELAND BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around West Union:

  • KCCO-TV (Channel 7; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KSAX (Channel 42; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: KSAX-TV, INC.)
  • K36AA (Channel 36; ALEXANDRIA, ETC., MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K16CO (Channel 16; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K18DG (Channel 18; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K26CL (Channel 26; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K32EB (Channel 32; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K48DV (Channel 48; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K50DB (Channel 50; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K52DZ (Channel 52; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K55ID (Channel 55; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K58DS (Channel 58; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K60EJ (Channel 60; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K65HD (Channel 65; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K67HI (Channel 67; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: SELECTIVE TV, INC.)
  • K45AR (Channel 45; EAGLE BEND, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 790)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 14649 Cr 94 (Lat: 45.802056 Lon: -95.066944), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 122.5 m, Overall height: 126.2 m, Call Sign: KNKN375
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/05/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Michael P Goggin
    Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 20th Street, Nw - Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (469) 229-7471, Fax: (469) 229-7297, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

1
  • .45 Km At Bearing Of 164.3 Deg To (Lat: 45.840000 Lon: -95.099167), Type: 91.0, Overall height: 90 m
    Registrant: 6128593000, , 515 PIKE ST E

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1 Mi S (Lat: 45.786361 Lon: -95.086417), Call Sign: WYQ230
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.185 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/04/2003, Expiration Date: 10/25/2013
    Registrant: Brandon Communications Inc, 115 E Front St, Brandon, MN 56315-0257, Phone: (320) 524-2283, Fax: (320) 524-2409, Email:

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