History of Glyndon

History of Glyndon, Minnesota

History of Glyndon…….Founded in 1872

GLYNDON, a city in Glyndon Township, section 2, was platted as a railway village in the spring of 1872, being named by officers of the Northern Pacific Railroad company, and thence the township was named. It is also the name of small villages in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The village was organized in 1875, incorporated as a village on February 14, 1881, and reincorporated on April 6, 1908. The oldest village in the county began as a tent village, with houses later built over the tent structures. It was named for a popular writer of Atlantic Hearth and Home, Laura Catherine Redden Searing, who used the name Howard Glyndon as a nom de plume. The post office began in 1872, first located in S. Campbell’s store with Stiles R. Nettleton, postmaster; four hotels were built in the first year of settlement.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Glyndon, Minnesota


As of the census of 2020, there were 1,306 people, 359 households, and 283 families residing in the city. The population density was 268.2/km² (693.5/mi²). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 103.0/km² (266.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.71% White, 0.10% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 1.91% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.53% of the population.

There were 359 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,028, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $35,259 versus $22,303 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,922. About 7.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

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