Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate
Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate
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Owatonna is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 25,725 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Owatonna is the 35th largest community in Minnesota.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Owatonna is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Owatonna is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Owatonna who work in office and administrative support (16.62%), sales jobs (9.47%), and management occupations (8.35%). Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate
Also of interest is that Owatonna has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.25 minutes getting to work every day. Owatonna Minnesota Real Estate
The percentage of people in Owatonna who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.56% of adults in Owatonna have at least a bachelor’s degree.
The per capita income in Owatonna in 2010 was $28,247, which is upper middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,988 for a family of four. However, Owatonna contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Owatonna is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Owatonna home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Owatonna residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Owatonna include Norwegian, Irish, English, and Czech.
The most common language spoken in Owatonna is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.
Owatonna was first settled in 1853 around the Straight River. The community was named after the Straight River, which in the Dakota language is Wakpá Owóthaŋna. The earliest the Owatonna area was settled was in 1854 and platted in September 1855, but it was incorporated as a town August 9, 1858, then as a city on February 23, 1865.
In 1856, Josef Karel Kaplan emigrated from a village southwest of Prague Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) and selected a quarter section (160 acres (65 ha)) of land near the town of Owatonna. Kaplan described Owatonna as having just 50 small homes, but predicted 100 within a year, along with a railroad. With just four stores and a pharmacy, Owatonna quickly prospered and grew to 1500 inhabitants in just 5 years. Kaplan wrote about the Owatonna area in letters donated to the Minnesota Historical Society. In them he described often seeing Indians – people with “tough constitutions…brown skin and good dispositions”, explaining: “When you read about battles between whites and Indians, it is the whites who are to blame.” In 1866, Kaplan helped organize the Catholic Cemetery, and a year later, the National Bohemian Cemetery of Owatonna
Kaplan’s Woods is part of the land originally owned by Josef Kaplan, and later Victor and Anna Kaplan. The State of Minnesota created Kaplan’s Wood State Park, which was later transferred to the City of Owatonna. The Kaplan’s Woods Parkway contains over 6 miles (10 km) of hiking and cross country skiing trails, and nearly 2 miles (3 km) of hard—surfaced, handicapped—accessible trail. The parkway includes Lake Kohlmier, a 35-acre (14 ha) lake. Maps of the parkway are available at the Park and Recreation office.
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