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|St. James (city)||1970||1980||1990||2000||2010||2000-2010 Change|
|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|
|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 kmē), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 kmē) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (0.87%) is water. The elevation is 1,079 ft (329 m) above sea level.
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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.
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
|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|
US Post Office
6 Armstrong Blvd. S
St. James, MN 56081-1863
Phone: (507) 375-5271
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 375-1347
|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|
|Cable TV||Mediacom||(800) 332-0245|
|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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