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Ortonville is a city in Big Stonemarker and Lac qui Parlemarker counties in the U.S. state of Minnesotamarker at the southern tip of Big Stone Lakemarker, along the border with South Dakotamarker. The population was 2,158 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Big Stone County. Big Stone Lake State Parkmarker is nearby.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) (1.45%) is water.

U.S. Routes 12 and 75 and Minnesota State Highway 7 are three of the main routes in the city.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,158 people, 923 households, and 594 families residing in the city. The population density was 635.8 people per square mile (245.8/km²). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 331.4/sq mi (128.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.68% White, 0.42% African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 923 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,614, and the median income for a family was $39,375. Males had a median income of $30,590 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,132. About 7.2% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


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