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Buffalo, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location in Wright County and the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°10′19″N 93°52′29″W / 45.17194°N 93.87472°W / 45.17194; -93.87472
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wright
Founded
Incorporated
Government
 - Mayor
Area
 - Total 7.8 sq mi (20.2 km2)
 - Land 6.0 sq mi (15.6 km2)
 - Water 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)  22.72%%
Elevation 928 ft (283 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,097
 - Density 1,675.8/sq mi (646.5/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55313
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-08452[1]
GNIS feature ID 0640603[2]
Website www.ci.buffalo.mn.us

Buffalo is located 45 minutes NW of Minneapolis in Wright County, Minnesota.[3] According to the 2000 census the town's population was 10,097. According to a 2008 county census the town's population has grown to over 18,141 people since then.

Minnesota State Highways 25 and 55 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. The local high school is Buffalo High School.

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History

Wright County was open up for settlement by white pioneers in 1855. The village of Buffalo was platted in 1856 to 1857. The town of Buffalo is actually named after the carp like fish that were once abundant in this region. Buffalo remained a small town till the mid 1800s when it became a popular resort town for wealthy day-trippers from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. There were several resorts located around Lake Pulaski, one of the two largest lakes in Buffalo. Visitors would take a train from the Twin Cities and arrive in Buffalo only an hour later. Buffalo remained a popular resort destination from the 1890s until the 1920s. During the summer months Buffalo's population would nearly double in size from all the visiting tourist.

Culture

Buffalo offers a relatively large and vibrant arts scene for the towns size. The Buffalo Community Theater [4] is a local organization that has been producing plays since 1986. The Buffalo community theater puts on several plays a year, and is funded and organized entirely by members of the surrounding community. The [5] Buffalo Community Orchestra is another popular artistic outlet. The orchestra has been part of the Buffalo comminity since 1995 and has over 50 members. The orchestra is well known for their concert in the park seris they put on every summer for free to community members. The orchestra is also funded by business and residents of Buffalo and the surrounding area. Also in the area are the Wright County Chamber Chorus and the Wright Ringers bell choir.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.2 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (22.72%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2008, there were 18,141 people, 6,612 households, and 6,313 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,675.8 people per square mile (646.5/km²). There were 3,871 housing units at an average density of 642.5/sq mi (247.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.74% White, 0.52% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population. 38.1% were of German, 15.0% Norwegian, 8.0% Swedish and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,702 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,573, and the median income for a family was $59,250. Males had a median income of $39,960 versus $27,793 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,424. About 4.6% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 45°10′19″N 93°52′29″W / 45.17194°N 93.87472°W / 45.17194; -93.87472

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