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Monticello, Minnesota Information

Monticello (/ˌmɒntɪˈsɛloʊ/ mont-i-sel-oh) is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,759 at the 2010 census.

Monticello is located on the Mississippi River at the northern edge of Wright County. Each winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans nest near Mississippi Drive Park in Monticello, as the Mississippi River is heated from warm water discharged by the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant.

Monticello has many fine walking trails and parks, and it has one of the most impressive community centers in greater Minnesota. The facility is widely used by local residents.

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,759 people, 4,693 households, and 3,164 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,427.2 inhabitants per square mile (551.0 /km2). There were 4,973 housing units at an average density of 556.3 per square mile (214.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.6% White, 1.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 4,693 households of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 31.4 years. 30.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.3% were from 25 to 44; 18.7% were from 45 to 64; and 9.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.94 square miles (23.15 km2), all of it land. The city’s latitude is 45.305 degrees North and its longitude is 93.793 degrees West. Its elevation is 922 feet. It is in the Central time zone. Lake Maria State Park is nearby.

Monticello High School (1,314 est.) is Wright County’s third largest school. The nickname for the school’s athletic teams is the Magic. Its main rival is Buffalo High School (1,596).

Boys’ basketball is a notable Monticello High School athletic program. The team made several trips to the state tournament in the 1990s, and from 2004 to 2006. The team’s highest tournament finish is 4th place, igniting humorous theories of a possible “4th place curse”. Two Minnesota high-school basketball Players of the Year have come out of Monticello, Nate Holmstadt and Joel Przybilla.

The 7-foot Przybilla went on to play for the University of Minnesota, and is now a center in the NBA. Varsity tennis has also gone to state each year from 2004 to 2010. Track and swimming are also noted to be at very high standards. The girls’ cross country team was Class AA state champions and rated 3rd in the nation in 2011.

Monticello was founded in 1856, and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006.

The name Monticello is derived from the Italian word for “Little Mountain,” it translates literally to English as hillock or small hill. The name Monticello was chosen because the city is situated at the base of a little mountain. In Monticello, an elementary school, a church and two businesses include Little Mountain in their name.

Joel Przybilla – an American professional basketball player, who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Monticello High School alumni. Born in Monticello.

Local newspapers include the Monticello Times.

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