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Owatonna is a city in Steele County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the Sioux word for the Straight River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Owatonna. For links to other places called Owatonna, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Owatonna is 44.083N. The longitude is -93.225W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,152 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,333.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Owatonna demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Steele County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 55049 ZIP code.
35% of Owatonna residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Owatonna ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Owatonna was $20,513, compared with $21,587 nationally.
23% of Owatonna residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Owatonna, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $427. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $943.
Libraries in Owatonna include Owatonna Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Owatonna include Owatonna People's Press
Steele County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Owatonna political report.
The average commute time for Owatonna workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Owatonna between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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