Sauk Centre, Minnesota
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 3,930 people, 1,616 households, and 1,042 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,057.2 people per square mile (407.9/km²). There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 459.7 per square mile (177.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.68% White, 0.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.25% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any kind were 0.53% of the population.

There were 1,616 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples
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 living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,644, and the median income for a family was $47,623. Males had a median income of $33,382 versus $20,399 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $18,390. About 2.3% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


  • Harvest Community Church

  • Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church

  • Saint Paul Catholic Church

  • First Lutheran Church (ELCA)

  • Zion Lutheran Church (LCMS)

  • Faith Baptist Church

  • First United Church of Christ

  • River of Life Assembly of God Church

  • Good Samartian Episcopal Church

  • Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Sauk Centre United Methodist Church

Notable natives

  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    Harry Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of...

     -- American novelist and playwright, 1930 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, first American to win the Prize for Literature


There are two schools in the town: Holy Family and Sauk Centre Public School.
Holy Family is a Catholic private school; it enrolls students from kindergarten to 6th grade.
Sauk Centre Public School has 3 departments: Elementary (kindergarten to 6th grade), Junior high (7th to 9th grade) and Senior high (10th to 12th grade). Students in the school are also called Main Streeters, or Streeters, which comes from the novel Main Street
Main Street (novel)
- Plot summary :Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart....

 by Sinclair Lewis.

See also

  • The Palmer House
    The Palmer House (Sauk Centre)
    The Palmer House is an historic hotel, located on South Main Street at the corner of South 3rd Street in Sauk Centre, Minnesota in the United States. On February 11, 1982 the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places.-History:The Palmer House was built in 1901 by Richard L...

  • Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
    Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
    The Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home, located at 812 Sinclair Lewis Avenue, formerly South 3rd Street, Sauk Centre, Minnesota in the United States, was the childhood home of Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis, who was born February 7, 1885, in a house directly across the street...

  • Sinclair Lewis Park

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