West Union, Minnesota

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Population in 2017: 124 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +42.5%
Males: 54  (43.8%)
Females: 70  (56.2%)
Median resident age:

26.9 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years

Zip code: 56389

Estimated median household income in 2017: $35,773 (it was $24,643 in 2000)
West Union:

$35,773
MN:

$68,388

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $16,273 (it was $10,441 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $87,817 (it was $46,300 in 2000)
West Union:

$87,817
MN:

$224,000

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $120,382; detached houses: $119,853
March 2019 cost of living index in West Union: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 4.7%
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  • Races in West Union, MN (2010)
    • 11099.1%White alone
    • 10.9%Two or more races
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Ancestries: German (76.7%), American (6.8%), Norwegian (5.5%), Belgian (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1330 feet

Land area: 0.34 square miles.

Population density: 360 people per square mile   (very low).

West Union, Minnesota map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
West Union city:

1.2% ($578)
Minnesota:

1.1% ($1,297)

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 )

Latitude: 45.80 N, Longitude: 95.08 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 320

Distribution of median household income in West Union, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in West Union, MN in 2017

West Union satellite photo by USGS

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
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
Number of permits per 10,000 West Union, MN residents
Average permit cost in West Union, MN
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.4%
Minnesota:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +26 (+42.6%).

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 West Union 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 West Union 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 West Union 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 West Union 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 (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
West Union topographic map

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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in West Union:

Marital status in West Union, MN
  • Never married: 39.1%
  • Now married: 54.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 6.9%

For population 25 years and over in West Union:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.7%
  • Unemployed: 11.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.2
Minnesota average:

10.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,83233
Catholic5,4987
Mainline Protestant3,26216
Other7-
None10,296-
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: 10
Todd County:

4.17 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

5.42 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

7.09 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

7.3%
State:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.3%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.8%
Minnesota:

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
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Natural Resources 0$0 0$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Hospitals 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Water Transport and Terminals 0$0 0$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Correction 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Firefighters 0$0 0$0
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$413
Streets and Highways 0$0 0$0
Transit 0$0 0$0
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Gas Supply 0$0 0$0
Electric Power 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 8$413

West Union government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $28,000 ($225.81)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $4,000 ($32.26)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,000 ($24.19)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($16.13)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($8.06)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,000 ($8.06)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($8.06)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,000 ($8.06)

West Union government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $8,000 ($64.52)
    Special Assessments: $1,000 ($8.06)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,000 ($56.45)
  • Tax - Property: $6,000 ($48.39)
    Other License: $1,000 ($8.06)

6.42% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($47,305 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.42%
Minnesota average:

7.10%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Stearns County, MN  1.09% ($61,444 average AGI)
from Douglas County, MN  0.66% ($35,083)
from Morrison County, MN  0.61% ($35,800)


6.53% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,346 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.53%
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 Stearns County, MN  0.99% ($41,511 average AGI)
to Wadena County, MN  0.73% ($41,939)
to Douglas County, MN  0.71% ($37,875)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 17Number of bridges
  • 69ft / 21.0mTotal length
  • 64,866Total average daily traffic
  • 9,895Total average daily truck traffic
  • 45,959Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
New bridges in West Union, MN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 11950-1959
  • 51960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 31990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for West Union, MN

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Dave Hartman, .45 Km At Bearing Of 164.3 Deg To (Lat: 45.840000 Lon: -95.099167), Type: 91.0, Structure height: 27153 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Christian Heritage Broadcasting Inc, Dhartman@praisefm.Org, , 247 Osaki-s, Phone: (320) 859-3000
  • Dave Hartman, .45 Km At Bearing Of 164.3 Deg To West Union, Mn. (Lat: 45.840194 Lon: -95.099167), Type: 91.0, Structure height: 27153 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Christian Heritage Broadcasting Inc, Dhartman@praisefm.Org, , 247 Osaki-s, Phone: (320) 859-3000
  • Dave Hartman, .45 Km At Bearing Of 164.3 Deg To West Union, Mn. (Lat: 45.840194 Lon: -95.099167), Type: 91.0, Structure height: 27153 m, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Christian Heritage Broadcasting Inc, Dhartman@praisefm.Org, , 247 Osaki-s, Phone: (320) 859-3000
  • .45 Km At Bearing Of 164.3 Deg To (Lat: 45.840000 Lon: -95.099167), Type: 91.0, Overall height: 90 m, Registrant: Christian Heritage Broadcasting Inc, Osaki-s, Phone: (612) 859-3000

FCC Registered Broadcast 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, Cancellation Date: 12/28/2013, Registrant: Brandon Communications Inc, 115 E Front St, Brandon, MN 56315-0257, Phone: (320) 524-2283, Fax: (320) 524-2409, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in West Union, MN
  • 47.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 36.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 13.9%Electricity
  • 2.8%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in West Union, MN
  • 100.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


West Union compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median household income below 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 below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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