Collegeville Township, Stearns County, Minnesota

Collegeville Township, Minnesota

Saint John's Abbey Church on the campus of SJU
Motto: "In the heart Of Stearns County"[1]
Collegeville Township, Minnesota

Location within the state of Minnesota

Coordinates: 45°33′N 94°27′W / 45.550°N 94.450°W / 45.550; -94.450Coordinates: 45°33′N 94°27′W / 45.550°N 94.450°W / 45.550; -94.450
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns
  Total 35.1 sq mi (90.9 km2)
  Land 31.6 sq mi (82.0 km2)
  Water 3.5 sq mi (8.9 km2)
Elevation 1,171 ft (357 m)
Population (2010)[2]
  Total 3,343
  Density 111.1/sq mi (42.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56321
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-12592[3]
GNIS feature ID 0663847[4]

Collegeville Township is a township in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,343 at the 2010 census.[2]


Collegeville Township was organized in 1880, and named after Saint John's College.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.1 square miles (91 km2); 31.6 square miles (82 km2) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) of it (9.83%) is water.

Collegeville Township is located in Township 124 North of the Arkansas Base Line and Range 30 West of the 5th Principal Meridian.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,516 people, 29% of those being Monks at the present Abbey and Monastery. 569 households, and 397 families residing in the township. The population density was 111.1 people per square mile (42.9/km²). There were 721 housing units at an average density of 22.8/sq mi (8.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.07% White, 0.63% African American, 0.06% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 669 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.0% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.4% were non-families. 12.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.11.

The age distribution was 16.7% under the age of 18, 41.6% from 18 to 24, 16.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 261.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 320.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $61,146, and the median income for a family was $62,750. Males had a median income of $36,926 versus $27,391 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,348. About 0.6% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Museums and other points of interest


The township is home to Saint John's Abbey and Saint John's University, a Catholic school all-male university.



Main routes in the community include Stearns County Roads 50, 51, 159 and 160.

Notable people


  1. "Collegeville Township Minnesota". Collegeville Township Minnesota. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  2. 1 2 "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File - County Subdivision". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 523.
  6. "St.John's Arboreteum". St.John’s University. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  7. "St.John's University". St.John’s University. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  8. "The Gospel according to J. F. Powers". Portland magazin. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
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