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Houston is a city in Houston Countymarker, Minnesotamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 1,020 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highways 16 and 76 are two of the main routes in the city.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,020 people, 434 households, and 255 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,083.2 people per square mile (419.0/km²). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 487.4/sq mi (188.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.02% White, 0.49% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.10% from other races, and 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.20% of the population.

There were 434 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,236, and the median income for a family was $38,462. Males had a median income of $31,161 versus $21,691 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,087. About 8.2% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents

Trail connection

Houston is the eastern terminus of the Root River segment of the Blufflands State Trailmarker.

2007 flood

The 2007 Midwest flooding caused the Root River to rise to about a foot short of the height of the dike protecting the town, necessitating evacuation of the community.


Houston Public Schools serves Houston. With the program K12 Inc., Houston Public Schools has developed the Minnesota Center for Online Learning and the Minnesota Virtual Academy. Open to students state-wide, these programs are unique in that there are no others of their kind in Minnesota.

U.S. News and World Report named Houston High School of Houston, Minnesota one of America’s "Top 100 Schools" in a study published December 8, 2008 entitled “America’s Best High Schools.”

Houston Public Schools was also ranked #6 in the state of Minnesota by the U.S. News and World Report


In November 2008 the Houston Hurricanes won the Minnesota 9-Man Football State Championship. They ended their season with a 14-0 mark. This is the first State Championship in school history.


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