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Albert Lea, Minnesota
—  City  —
Motto: Land Between the Lakes
Location in Freeborn County and the state of Minnesota
Albert Lea, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Location in Freeborn County and the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°38′52.3″N 93°22′7.5″W / 43.647861°N 93.36875°W / 43.647861; -93.36875
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Freeborn
 - Mayor Michael K. Murtaugh
 - City Manager Victoria Simonsen
 - Total 12.6 sq mi (32.5 km2)
 - Land 10.8 sq mi (27.9 km2)
 - Water 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)  14.17%%
Elevation 1,243 ft (379 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 18,356
 - Density 1,702.5/sq mi (657.4/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 56007
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-00694[1]
GNIS feature ID 0639247[2]

For the musician, see Albert Lee

Albert Lea is a city in and the county seat of Freeborn County in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota.[3] The population was 18,356 at the 2000 census.

The city is at the junction of Interstates 35 and 90, about 90 miles south of the Twin Cities. It is on the shores of Fountain Lake, Pickerel Lake, Albert Lea Lake, Goose Lake, School Lake, and Lake Chapeau. Fountain Lake and Albert Lea Lake are part of the Shell Rock River flowage.

The city's early growth was based upon agriculture, farming support services and manufacturing and was a significant rail center. At one time it was the site of Cargill's headquarters. Other manufacturing included Edwards Manufacturing (barn equipment), Scotsman Ice Machines, Streater Store fixtures, and Universal Milking Machines. Like many U.S. towns much of the manufacturing base has diminished. A long-time center of the city's job opportunity was the Wilson & Company meat packing plant, later known as Farmstead and Farmland. This facility was destroyed by fire. The largest employer is currently Albert Lea Medical Center/Mayo with over 1,500 jobs.



Albert Miller Lea

The city is named after Albert Miller Lea, a topographer with the United States Dragoons, who surveyed southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in 1835, including the current site of Albert Lea.[4] Captain Nathan Boone, a son of Daniel Boone, was the scout for Lea's unit.

Albert Lea received national attention in 1959 after Local 6 of the United Packinghouse Workers of America went on strike against Wilson & Co. (one of the Big Four meatpacking plants at the time) over issues involving mandatory overtime requirements.[5] When Wilson & Co. attempted to operate the plant with replacement workers, violence erupted and split the town. During the 109-day strike, Governor Orville Freeman acted to quell the violence by closing the plant, calling in the Minnesota National Guard, and (on December 11) declaring martial law.[6]. A Federal district court in Minneapolis ruled against the Governor on December 23, and the plant turned back to Wilson & Co. just days later.[7]


The city hall is located at 221 East Clark St, Albert Lea, MN 56007. The current mayor is Michael Murtaugh. Albert Lea is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat (DFL). The Minnesota State Senate District is 27, represented by State Senator Dan Sparks, a member of the DFL. It is in Minnesota's House District 27A, represented in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Robin Brown, a member of the DFL.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.5 km²), of which, 10.8 square miles (27.9 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is water. The total area is 14.17% water. Myre-Big Island State Park is nearby. Coordinates: 43°38′52.3″N 93°22′7.5″W / 43.647861°N 93.36875°W / 43.647861; -93.36875


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,966
1890 3,305 68.1%
1900 4,500 36.2%
1910 6,192 37.6%
1920 8,056 30.1%
1930 10,169 26.2%
1940 12,200 20.0%
1950 13,545 11.0%
1960 17,108 26.3%
1970 19,418 13.5%
1980 19,200 −1.1%
1990 18,310 −4.6%
2000 18,356 0.3%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 18,356 people, 7,785 households, and 4,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,702.5 people per square mile (657.4/km²). There were 8,133 housing units at an average density of 754.3/sq mi (291.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.80% White, 0.37% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.54% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 9.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 7,785 households, 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.88.

23.0% of Albert Lea's population were under the age of 18, 7.9% were 18 to 24, 24.6% were 25 to 44, 23.2% were from 45 to 64, and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $42,407. Males had a median income of $31,383 versus $21,114 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,979. 10.2% of the population and 6.9% of families were below the poverty line. 10.6% of those under the age of 18 and 10.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Notable natives


The Albert Lea Thunder is a junior hockey team who play at Albert Lea Ice Arena and are a member of the North American Hockey League. They began play in the 2008-2009 season.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "The Early Settlement of Albert Lea". Sequicentennial History. City of Albert Lea. Retrieved 2007-03-26.  
  5. ^ Register,Cheri (2001) Packinghouse Daughter, HarperCollins. ISBN 0060936843
  6. ^ "Martial Law Ordered in Meat Strike", Oakland Tribune, December 11, 1959, p1
  7. ^ Frost, Richard T. (1961) Cases in State and Local Government, Prentice-Hall LCCR: 61008224
  8. ^ Damien Pierce, Rockets' legendary voices finishing their final season, Houston Rockets, April 15, 2008
  9. ^, [1], 8th May 2008

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