Location of the city of Hutchinson
within McLeod County
in the state of Minnesota
|• 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)|
|• Estimate (2012)||13,929|
|• Density||1,648.6/sq mi (636.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0645316|
The Hutchinson Family Singers (John, Asa, and Judson Hutchinson) are credited with founding the town in November 1855. The 3 brothers heard of Minnesota from a New England friend, W. W. Pendergast, who spoke highly of the BIG WOODS west of St. Anthony.
The Hutchinson brothers' party of explorers chose a setting on the crest of a hill overlooking the beautiful Hassan River Valley. (The river, originally given the Indian name Hassan (Maple Leaf), is now called the Crow River.)
The group wrote 13 "Articles of Agreement" for the town. These included articles setting aside 5 acres for the Humanities Church, 15 acres for parks – making Hutchinson's park system the 2nd oldest in the nation, 8 lots for educational purposes and stating that Hutchinson women would have equal rights with the town.
The Hutchinson Family flourished in the mid-nineteenth century. They were famous for singing in remarkably close harmony. The group's material included controversial material promoting abolitionism, workers' rights, temperance, and women's rights.
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).
As of the census 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.
According to the 2000 United States Census, 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.
Data from the top 31 employers in Hutchinson 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(~860 employees, computer and peripheral equipment) and 3M (1300 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.
Hutchinson is home to a campus of Ridgewater College, a comprehensive community and technical college (another campus is in Willmar, MN). 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). Private schools in the city include Maplewood Academy.
- William T. Bonniwell, Jr. - politician
- Paulette Carlson - country singer-songwriter and founder of Highway 101
- Mitch Erickson - NFL
- John W. Foss - U.S. Army General and former United States Army Training and Doctrine Command commander
- Charles D. McEwen - politician
- John Jeremiah McRaith - Bishop of the diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky
- Lydon Murtha - NFL
- Cory Sauter - Retired NFL Quarterback
- Lindsay Whalen - Professional basketball player in the WNBA
- Ancher Nelsen - 34th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota and an eight-term congressman
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- Historic Hutchinson Tour, Hutchinson Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2004
- Hutchinson Community Development Commission
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