Location of Vergas, Minnesota
|Coordinates: 46°39′21″N 95°48′22″W / 46.65583°N 95.80611°W|
|• Total||1.50 sq mi (3.88 km2)|
|• Land||1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||1,414 ft (431 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||332|
|• Density||226.7/sq mi (87.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0653630|
Vergas claims it is home of the World's Largest Loon, actually a 20-foot-high (6.1 m) sculpture of a loon, the Minnesota state bird.
The community was platted in 1903 as Altona, but quickly changed its name to match the name of its Soo Line Railroad station, which had been named after a series of sleeping cars that traveled between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2), of which 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.
The community is at the west end of Long Lake.
Loon Lake is immediately southwest of Vergas.
As of the census of 2010, there were 331 people, 176 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 226.7 inhabitants per square mile (87.5/km2). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 138.4 per square mile (53.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.
There were 176 households of which 14.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 42.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.55.
The median age in the city was 52.5 years. 13.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 311 people, 143 households, and 78 families residing in the city. The population density was 213.9 people per square mile (82.8/km²). There were 165 housing units at an average density of 113.5 per square mile (43.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.75% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.
There were 143 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 107.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,344, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $23,214 versus $17,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,461. About 4.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.
The loon statue overlooks Long Lake. Standing 20 feet tall, the sculpture was built in the 1960s and paid for by the Vergas Fire Department, who dedicated it to a deceased town postmaster.
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