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Downtown Hutchinson
Downtown Hutchinson
Nickname(s): Hutch
Location of the city of Hutchinsonwithin McLeod Countyin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Hutchinson
within McLeod County
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°53′20″N 94°22′30″W / 44.88889°N 94.37500°W / 44.88889; -94.37500
Country United States
State Minnesota
County McLeod
 • Total 9.02 sq mi (23.36 km2)
 • Land 8.60 sq mi (22.27 km2)
 • Water 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
Elevation 1,060 ft (323 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 14,178
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 14,998
 • Density 1,648.6/sq mi (636.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55350
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-30644[4]
GNIS feature ID 0645316[5]
Website City of Hutchinson

Hutchinson is the largest city in McLeod County, Minnesota, United States, along the South Fork of the Crow River. The population was 14,998 at the 2010 census.[6]


The Adam's and Quast House, built in 1902, is one of several historic homes in downtown Hutchinson.[7]

The Hutchinson Family Singers (John, Asa, and Judson Hutchinson) are credited with founding the town in November 1855.[8] A post office has been in operation at Hutchinson since 1856.[9] The city was incorporated in 1904.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.02 square miles (23.36 km2), of which 8.60 square miles (22.27 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2) is water.[1]

Minnesota State Highways 7, 15, and 22 are three of the main routes in the city.

Major bodies of water include the Crow River which flows through the downtown, Otter Lake, and Campbell Lake. Started by the Hutchinson brothers, Hutchinson has the nation's second oldest city park system (only New York City's Central Park is older).[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 580
1890 1,414 143.8%
1900 2,495 76.4%
1910 2,368 −5.1%
1920 3,379 42.7%
1930 3,406 0.8%
1940 3,887 14.1%
1950 4,690 20.7%
1960 6,207 32.3%
1970 8,031 29.4%
1980 9,244 15.1%
1990 11,523 24.7%
2000 13,080 13.5%
2010 14,178 8.4%
Est. 2014 13,872 [11] −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2013 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 14,178 people, 5,950 households, and 3,642 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,648.6 inhabitants per square mile (636.5/km2). There were 6,393 housing units at an average density of 743.4 per square mile (287.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 5,950 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

According to the 2000 United States Census,[4] there were 13,080 people, 5,333 households, and 3,418 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,763.6 people per square mile (680.6/km²). There were 5,667 housing units at an average density of 764.1 per square mile (294.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.24% White, 0.36% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

There were 5,333 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,278, and the median income for a family was $53,784. Males had a median income of $36,800 versus $24,862 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,970. About 3.1% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.


Hutchinson Technology headquarters campus

Data from the top 31 employers in Hutchinson[13] show the following distribution of employment:

  • Manufacturing (3959)
  • Retail (1178)
  • Medical (826)
  • School and Local Government (450)
  • Utilities (122)
  • Printing/Publishing (116)
  • Agricultural Service (75)
  • Food/Gardening Products (66)
  • Construction (30)
  • Wholesalers (21)

Manufacturing jobs are with Hutchinson Technology(~390 employees, computer and peripheral equipment) and 3M (2900 employees, Flags and vinyl, Scotch tapes). The Goebel Fixture Co. employees 125 in a unique niche market, producing cabinetry fixtures for department stores nationwide.

The town possesses agricultural roots, notably as the birthplace of the Geier Hitch.

The retail and service economy has grown from agricultural supply and processing to also include a combination of local manufacturing, shopping, and a growing restaurant and food service industry with multiple new options opening recently. It also has an excellent hospital and medical center which offer primary care as well as full access to specialty care.


Ridgewater College

Hutchinson is home to a campus of Ridgewater College, a comprehensive community and technical college (another campus is in Willmar, Minnesota). The original use of the campus was for an Area Vocational Technical Institute. The Vo-Tech was merged with a similar institute in Willmar, and ultimately the Willmar Community College was joined to the two Vo-Techs to form Ridgewater College, a member of the MnSCU system. Although begun as a technical institute, since the creation of Ridgewater the Hutchinson campus has shown a steady increase in the number of "transfer" (versus "technical") programs, faculty, and students. From 2004 to 2006, significant remodeling included the installation of new facilities for the school's nursing programs, plus new biology, chemistry, and physics laboratories. A notable and unique technical program on the Hutchinson campus is Nondestructive Testing.

Including the New Century Charter School, there are five public schools. The school names and grades for Independent School District #423 are as follows: West Elementary (Pre-1), Park Elementary (2-5), Hutchinson Middle School (6-8), and Hutchinson High School (9-12).[14] Private schools in the city include Maplewood Academy.

Notable people[edit]


External links[edit]

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161 news items

Crow River Media

Crow River Media
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:18:45 -0700

After graduation, she found employment at a new company in Hutchinson, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M), where she met a dashing young 3M mechanic, Pearly Christensen. The story is she made more money per hour than Pearly. On May 1 ...
The Daily Toreador (registration)
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:13:28 -0700

Kylie Jacobsen, a technical communication doctoral student from Hutchinson, Minnesota, is a member of the Society for Technical Communication at Tech, and said the organization wins several awards and is recognized nationally. She is seeing a bigger ...
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 10:11:35 -0700

HUTCHINSON Minnesota Garlic Festival: Family-friendly, fun-filled and fragrant festival features foods, chefs, music, artisans, goofy games and lots of garlic. Aug. 15. 763-260-0209. sfa-mn.org/garlicfest. 5. MORA Pickle Palooza: Sample pickle pies ...

West Central Tribune

West Central Tribune
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:16:26 -0700

Explore related topics:NewslocalRidgewater CollegeCommunity collegeTechnical CollegewillmarDoug AllenHutchinsonMinnesota. Linda Vanderwerf. I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:52:30 -0700

Gray was born Doris Bernice Jensen in Staplehurst, Nebraska, on Oct. 23, 1922. She described her childhood, mostly in Hutchinson, Minnesota, as cheerless and isolated. She found escape in Hollywood fan magazines, which sparked her ambition to attain ...


Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Donna Moran, age 68, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015, at her home in Hutchinson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at 10:00 AM at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment at ...
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:45:00 -0700

Jill Sparby, age 60, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday at Augustana Dassel Lakeside Community Home in Dassel, Minesota. Memorial Services will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:24:34 -0700

1. BEMIDJI Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival: 10th annual family event includes boat races, food, entertainment, kids' events, live music and more. July 29-Aug. 1. 800-458-2223. bemidjidragonboat.com. 2. HUTCHINSON Minnesota Garlic Festival: ...

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