|— City —|
|• Total||3.23 sq mi (8.37 km2)|
|• Land||3.22 sq mi (8.34 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||997 ft (304 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||5,598|
|• Density||1,748.8/sq mi (675.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0663170|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.23 square miles (8.37 km2), of which 3.22 square miles (8.34 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. U.S. Route 212 and Minnesota State Highway 22 are the two main routes in the community.
Glencoe, named for its resemblance to a valley in Scotland, was the first city to be officially founded by settlers in McLeod County. At that time the nearest known neighbors were thirty miles away, forcing settlers and businesses to travel many miles by wagon for supplies. The first known business in Glencoe was started in 1855, with the construction of the creamery in 1894, the opening of the telephone company in 1897, the beginning of Glencoe Brewing Company in 1901, and the dedication of the Glencoe Library in 1904.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,631 people, 2,220 households, and 1,467 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,748.8 inhabitants per square mile (675.2 /km2). There were 2,424 housing units at an average density of 752.8 per square mile (290.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 4.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.8% of the population.
There were 2,220 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the city was 37.7 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,453 people, 2,103 households, and 1,446 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,045.6 people per square mile (788.5/km²). There were 2,169 housing units at an average density of 813.7 per square mile (313.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.25% White, 0.17% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.97% of the population.
There were 2,103 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,723, and the median income for a family was $55,496. Males had a median income of $36,113 versus $25,230 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,450. About 0.8% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
The town was the subject of the French film director Louis Malle's 1985 documentary God's Country. Numerous townspeople were interviewed by Malle, including dairy farmer and banker Clayton Hoese and his sons.
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