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St. James Minnesota Community Guide

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 St. James (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 4,027 4,346 4,364 4,695 4,605 -90 -1.92
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.30 1.99 2.02 2.29 2.29 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 3,097.7 2,183.9 2,160.4 2,050.3 2,010.9 -39.4 -1.92
Housing Units 1,502 1,820 1,881 2,006 2,039 +33 +1.65
Households -- 1,734 1,760 1,845 1,839 -6 -0.33
Persons Per Household -- 2.46 2.43 2.50 2.50 0 0.00


St. James is a city in and the county seat of Watonwan County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km) of it (0.87%) is water. The elevation is 1,079 ft (329 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 4,695 people, 1,845 households, and 1,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,050.3 people per square mile (791.6/km). There were 2,006 housing units at an average density of 876.0/sq mi (338.2/km). The racial makeup of the city was 83.24% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 14.27% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.77% of the population.

There were 1,845 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,196, and the median income for a family was $40,993. Males had a median income of $30,036 versus $19,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,336. About 9.0% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

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ST. JAMES Township, first settled in the spring of 1869, organized in March 1870, received the name of its city in sections 13 and 24, which was platted July 13, 1870. It was planned by the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad in 1867, although it was not until 1870 that the first lot was purchased. Its post office was established in 1870. The St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad was so far constructed in 1870 that its first passenger train arrived here on November 22, bringing an excursion party from St. Paul, which included Gen. Henry H. Sibley, one of the directors of the railway, and Hon. Elias F. Drake, its president. The name had been selected for the village about three years previously, when it was designated to be the end of the first division of the railroad. Drake then requested Sibley to name the proposed division point, for which Sibley accordingly recommended a long Dakota name. On the next day, however, neither of them could remember the proposed name, and Sibley said that he would consult papers at his home, "which will help me to think of it again."

" 'Never mind, General, never mind,' said the President, 'we will have a name for that town that we can think of. I propose that we call it St. James.' Whereupon, by common consent, the point was called St. James by the railroad men some three years before it had any local existence" (Andreas's Atlas of Minnesota, 1874, p. 229).

Another version of the name origin says that Drake named the site for James Farrington, the first settler. The village was incorporated in 1871, succeeded Madelia as the county seat in 1878, and received a city charter April 27, 1899. It is the largest place of this name, surpassing villages so named in eight other states.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

St. James City Hall
124 Armstrong Boulevard S
PO Box 70
Saint James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3241
Fax: (507) 375-4376
Mayor Gary Sturm n/a
City Manager Joe McCabe (507) 375-5090
Council Member Mike Banks n/a
Council Member Don Mackey n/a
Council Member Kathleen Hanson n/a
Council Member Harvey Voth n/a
Council Member Paul Harris n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
6 Armstrong Blvd. S
St. James, MN
(507) 375-5271
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 375-1347
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy n/a
Wastewater St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Water St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Telephone Sprint (952) 745-7227
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Amour Eckrich Animal Slaughtering & Processing 275
St. James Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 235
Watonwan County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 165
Good Samaritan Society Nursing Care Facilities 130
St. James Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 110
S-T Industries Machine Shops; Turned Prod.;& Screw, Nut & Bolt Mfg. 70
Tony Downs Foods CO Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Spec. Food Mfg. 55
St. James, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 36
United Parcel Service Couriers 35
Watonwan Farm Services Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 35
Wilcon Construction New Multifamily Housing Const. (exc. Operative Builders) 34
GM Runge Inc General Freight Trucking 20
Industrial Construction Services Indus. Building Const. 20
Runge Trucking General Freight Trucking 20
St. James Publishing Company Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 19


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