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New Ulm Minnesota Community Guide

  Location of New Ulm, Minnesota

New Ulm, the City of "Charm and Tradition," is nestled just 90 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, in the heart of the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

New Ulm is becoming known as the "Christmas City" with its many Christmas traditions held each year. We "kick off" our Christmas season with a parade of lights, held the Friday after Thanksgiving.

New Ulm has many historic attractions; Hermann Monument, Glockenspiel, Harkin Store, Museum, Wanda Gag Home, John Lind Mansion and Schell's Brewery are just to mention a few.

 New Ulm (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 13,051 13,755 13,132 13,594 13,568 462 3.52
Land Area (sq. mile) 8.00 8.74 8.56 8.78 -- 0.22 2.57
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,631.4 1,573.8 1,534.1 1,548.3 -- 14.16 0.92
Housing Units 4,169 5,138 5,379 5,736 -- 357 6.64
Households -- 4,938 5,199 5,494 5,769 295 5.67
Persons Per Household -- 2.61 2.43 2.31 2.21 -0.12 -4.90


New Ulm is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 14 and Minnesota State Highways 15 and 68 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. The Minnesota River and the Cottonwood River run past the city on their way to the Mississippi River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 kmē), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.7 kmē) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 kmē) of it (2.34%) is water. The elevation is 899 ft (274 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 13,594 people, 5,494 households, and 3,554 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,548.3 people per square mile (597.8/kmē). There were 5,736 housing units at an average density of 653.3/sq mi (252.2/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 0.11% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 5,494 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,044, and the median income for a family was $51,309. Males had a median income of $34,196 versus $24,970 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,308. About 4.6% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2002 the U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing New Ulm has 65.85% of population with German ancestry, more per capita than any other city in the U.S.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


NEW ULM, the county seat, founded in 1854-55 by German colonists coming from Chicago and Cincinnati, was named for Ulm in Germany, near the village of Erbach, which was, according to the late Hon. William Pfaender, the place of emigration of 20 of the 32 persons in the first company of pioneer settlers, who came in the autumn of 1854. The post office opened in 1856. It was incorporated as a town by an act of the legislature, March 6, 1857; as a borough, February 19, 1870; and as a city, February 24, 1876. It received its present charter on March 1, 1887. Early businesses were, in addition to flour and planing mills, five breweries, notably Augustus Schell's, potteries, cigar and soda water factories, elevators, brickyards, a vinegar factory, a U.S. land office, a pipe organ factory, five creameries, two stone quarries, several weekly newspapers, numerous stores and artisans workshops, including that of Anton Gag, notable photographer and artist, a Lutheran Society college, and the Sisters of Charity Music School and their St. Alexander Hospital. The city was the center of a large trade in farm products and had stations of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad in section 28 and 30 of Milford Township, the latter also known as the Aufderheide spur station.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

New Ulm City Hall
100 N Broadway
PO Box 636
New Ulm, MN 56073-0636
Phone: (507) 359-8233
Fax: (507) 359-9752
Mayor Joel T. Albrecht
100 N Broadway
PO Box 636
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 359-8251
City Manager Brian Gramentz
100 N Broadway
PO Box 636
New Ulm, MN 56073-0636
(507) 359-8233
Council Member - Ward 1 Ruth Ann Webster
820 S German Street
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 359-7269
Council Member - Ward 2 Todd J. Olson
1026 N German Street
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 276-2622
Council Member - Ward 3 Les P. Schultz
1437 Heinenhill
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 354-2090
Council Member - Ward 4 Kenneth H. RockVam
1618 Southridge Road
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 359-9767
Council Member - At Large Charles E. Schmitz
923 S Franklin Street
New Ulm,  MN  56073
(507) 354-2064

Post Office:
US Post Office
27 S German Street
New Ulm, MN
(507) 354-2011
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 354-7521
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:15 pm
Saturday                3:15 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity New Ulm Public Utilities Comm (507) 359-8259
Natural Gas New Ulm Public Utilities Comm (507) 359-8259
Wastewater New Ulm Public Utilities Comm (507) 359-8360
Water New Ulm Public Utilities Comm (507) 359-8360
Telephone New Ulm Telecom Inc (507) 354-4111
Cable TV Comcast (507) 354-4191

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Kraft General Foods Dairy Product Manufacturing 750
3m Corp Other Electrical Equipment & Component Mfg. 638
New Ulm Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 491
New Ulm Public Schools-ISD#88 Elementary & Secondary Schools 301
Associated Milk Producers Inc Dairy Product Manufacturing 252
J & R Schugal Trucking Inc General Freight Trucking 220
MRCI Vocational Rehabilitation Svcs. 200
MBW Other Residential Care Facilities 173
Oak Hills Living Center Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 168
Cash Wise Foods Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores 161
Martin Luther College Colleges, Universities, & Prof. Schools 158
Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories Architectural, Engineering, & Related Services 125
Dittrich Specialties Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Mfg. 118
Holiday Inn Hotels (exc. Casino Hotels) & Motels 110
Wal Mart Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters 109


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