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Watkins is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 880 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.
Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the community.
As of the census of 2000, there were 880 people, 336 households, and 206 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,722.7 people per square mile (666.2/km²). There were 367 housing units at an average density of 718.4/sq mi (277.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.32% White, 0.34% African American, 0.11% Asian, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.
There were 336 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,188, and the median income for a family was $41,786. Males had a median income of $35,435 versus $19,318 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,950. About 6.7% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.
- Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator; candidate for President of the United States
- Watkins' sign recognizing this is mentioned in ' by Garrison Keillor.
- Abigail McCarthy, American writer, columnist and teacher (wife of Eugene McCarthy)
- Born in Wabasha, Minnesota; but the McCarthys settled here after their marriage.
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