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New Ulm

New Ulm

  •   State: 
    Brown County
    New Ulm
      County all: 
    Brown | Nicollet | Blue Earth
      County FIPS: 
    27015 | 27103 | 27013
    44°18′43″N 94°28′07″W
      Area total: 
    10.29 sq mi (26.66 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.16 sq mi (26.31 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.36 km²)
    896 ft (273 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New Ulm, MN
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,390.31 residents per square mile of area (536.78/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in 1854 by the German Land Company of Chicago. The city was named after the city of Neu-Ulm in the state of Bavaria in southern Germany. In part due to the American city's German heritage, it became a center for brewing in the Upper Midwest. In the Dakota War of 1862, the city was attacked twice by a Mdewakanton force from the Dakota reservation on the Minnesota River to the west. On July 15, 1881, New Ulm was struck by a large tornado that killed six people and injured 53. In an unofficial referendum in early 1917, local voters opposed the U.S. entry into the conflict by a margin of 466 to 466. The population was 14,120 at the 2020 census. It is located on the triangle of land formed by the confluence of theMinnesota River and the Cottonwood River. The Dakota called it Wakzupata which roughly means the "village on the cottonwood". The city is home to the Hermann Heights Monument, Flandrau State Park, the historic August Schell Brewing Company, and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. The episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of NewUlm is located in the city and is the seat of the Archdiocese of St. Peter and St. Paul. It has a population of 14,000, the county seat of Brown County.


New Ulm is the primary city name, but also Essig, Klossner, Searles are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is New Ulm. New Ulm was founded in 1854 by the German Land Company of Chicago. The city was named after the city of Neu-Ulm in the state of Bavaria in southern Germany. In part due to the American city's German heritage, it became a center for brewing in the Upper Midwest. In the Dakota War of 1862, the city was attacked twice by a Mdewakanton force from the Dakota reservation on the Minnesota River to the west. In an unofficial referendum in early April 1917, local voters opposed war by a margin of 466 to 19. On July 25, 1925, several business and civic leaders joined efforts to root out antiwar fervor in New Ulm. On the state level, the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety was granted broad powers to protect the state from alleged actions taken by the state. The state was also asked to assist in the alleged actions of James Burnquist, the state's first state attorney general, in the drafting of the U.S. entry into World War I. On August 25, 1918, the U.-S. entered the Great War with the help of the Central Powers, perhaps having divided loyalties at best and perhaps favoring Prussia and Central Powers at best. On September 7, 1914, the German-American community in NewUlm voted in favor of the entry into Great War. On October 1, 1914 the city voted in favour of the United States' entry into WWI with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Historic sites

New Ulm Turner Hall is the oldest Turner Hall in the United States still in its original use. The Brown County Historical Society houses over 5,500 family files, microfilm of census, naturalization, church, cemetery and birth and death records as well as business and history files. The Hermann Monument in New Ulm dominates the Minnesota River valley from a hill overlooking the city. The German-Bohemian Heritage Society erected a monument in 1991 to honor the German- Bohemian immigrants who arrived the area, mostly by a boat landing on theMinnesota River some 150 yards to the east. Most of the immigrants were Catholic farmers who spoke a Bohemian dialect of German. The monument is located at 200 North German Street and is open year-round. A delegation from Ulm visited Ulm in 2009 to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, when Arminius, a chieftain of the Cherusci, a Germanic tribe, defeated a Roman army, led by Varus. Inscribed in granite slabs around the base of the monument are the surnames of over 350 immigrant families. As more and more immigrants arrived, not all of whom could farm, they settled in the city and some of the small communities to the west and north. In 1885, the 362 Sons of Hermann lodges across the country committed themselves to the construction of a monument representing their cultural heritage. The sculptor chosen for this project was a German sculptor from Ohio, Alfons Pelzer. The sculpture was designed and sculpted by Leopold Hafner.


Glockenspiel in Schonlau Park is one of the world's few free-standing carillon clock towers. Minnesota Music Hall of Fame was established in New Ulm in 1990. Oktoberfest has been celebrated the first two weekends in October since 1981. The city was the setting for the 1995 independent film The Toilers and the Wayfarers, directed by Keith Froelich. It is also the setting of the 2009 comedy New in Town, starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., although the movie was actually filmed in Selkirk, Manitoba. In popular culture, the city was a filming location for the 2004 documentary American Beer, starring Tom Hanks and Kate Winslet. It was also the location of the 2007 film The Book Thief, which was based on the novel by Markus Zuckerman and based on a novel by the same name, also written by Zuckermacher and starring Heston Blumenthal. The book was published by Simon & Schuster, which also published the book The Toiler’s Guide to the World, published by Hodder & Stoughton at a cost of $25,000. The first edition of the book came out in May 2007. The second edition was published in March 2008. The third edition was released in May 2009. The fourth edition will be published in May 2010. The fifth edition will come out in June 2010, and the sixth will be released in June 2011. The sixth edition will arrive in September 2010.


New Ulm has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), and it experiences four distinct seasons. Summers in New Ulm are typically warm to hot with thunderstorms being common. Winters are quite cold and snowy, yet not quite as snowy as other areas further east in Minnesota. The Minnesota River and the Cottonwood River flow past the city on their way to the Mississippi River. The city has a total area of 10.26 square miles (26.57 km²) according to the U.S. Census Bureau, of which 9.92square miles (25.69 km²), is land and 0.34sq miles (0.88km²) is water. It has a population of 2,816. It is located at the junction of the Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers. The Mississippi River flows through the city, and the city is on its way to Mississippi River, which runs through the center of the city. It also is on the border of the state of Wisconsin, which is located to the north. It was once part of the territory of Wisconsin. It became part of Minnesota in 1851. It now has a state of its own, with the state's largest city, Minneapolis, being located in the northwest corner of the State. The state of Minnesota is the largest state in the United States, with an area of 1,822 square miles, or 3,823 km². The population of NewUlm is 2,716.


As of the census of 2010, there were 13,522 people, 5,732 households, and 3,511 families residing in the city. 65.85% of New Ulm's population has German ancestry, more per capita than any other city in the U.S. The median income for a household in theCity was $40,044. The per capita income for the city was $20,308. About 4.6% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% over 10 years of age. The city is located on the shores of Lake Winnebago, which is a tributary of the Mississippi River. It is the largest lake in the state, with a water supply of more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) The city has a population of 13,500, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. The population density is 1,363.1 inhabitants per square mile (526.3/km²) The racial makeup of the city is 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0,1% Native American, and 0.7% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8%. The average household size is 2.20, with the average family size being 2.89. The average age is 41.4 years, and the median age is 38.7 years.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota = 89.9. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in New Ulm = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 14,120 individuals with a median age of 41.8 age the population dropped by -3.59% in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,390.31 residents per square mile of area (536.78/km²). There are average 2.25 people per household in the 5,505 households with an average household income of $48,987 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.50% of the available work force and has growths 0.82% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 36.14%. The number of physicians in New Ulm per 100,000 population = 166.6.


The annual rainfall in New Ulm = 29.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 42.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 104. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 198. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 46, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota which are owned by the occupant = 71.72%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 46 years with median home cost = $123,260 and home appreciation of -2.09%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.28 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,259 per student. There are 16.4 students for each teacher in the school, 529 students for each Librarian and 423 students for each Counselor. 6.57% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 14.22% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.30% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • New Ulm's population in Brown County, Minnesota of 5,403 residents in 1900 has increased 2,61-fold to 14,120 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.78% female residents and 49.22% male residents live in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota.

    As of 2020 in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota are married and the remaining 40.61% are single population.

  • 13.8 minutes is the average time that residents in New Ulm require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.29% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.44% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.94% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.62% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, 71.72% are owner-occupied homes, another 21.47% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.81% are vacant.

  • The 89.28% of the population in New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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