Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is a city in Carver County, Minnesota. The population was 7,345 at the 2010 census.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.79 square miles, of which, 8.01 square miles is land and 1.78 square miles is water.[1]

State Highways 5 and 7 are two of the main routes in Victoria.

Victoria has been nicknamed "The City of Lakes and Parks" because it has over 200 acres of reserved land, thirteen parks and nine lakes within its borders. Victoria is also home to the 1,800-acre Carver Park Reserve.

In the 1850s, Victoria's rich soil attracted many farmers from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Wheat was the main cash crop. Other early crops were potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and corn.

History

Michael Diethelm is believed to be the first settler in Victoria after setting up a shelter for his wife and two children in 1851 near the present day St. Victoria Church. The city itself is named after the St. Victoria Church, built on 30 acres of land just north of Lake Bavaria in 1857. A year later, steamboats from St. Paul began bringing in additional supplies for early settlers. The settlement continued to grow from early farmers attracted by the city's rich soil. Eventually the steamboats to Chaska and the St. Paul railroad helped transform the local area into its own thriving community.

Demographics


Population Est. 2015 8,676
 

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,345 people, 2,435 households, and 2,055 families residing in the city. The population density was 917.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,545 housing units at an average density of 317.7 per square mile.

There were 2,435 households of which 49.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.7% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 15.6% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 32.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 8.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.