Worthington Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

Worthington Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 316 at the 2000 census.

Worthington Township, Minnesota
Worthington Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°38′9″N 95°37′43″W
CountryUnited States
  Total28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)
  Land28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,631 ft (497 m)
  Density4.3/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-71752[1]
GNIS feature ID0666053[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.1 km²), all land. The main geographic feature in Worthington Township is Lake Okabena. Okabena means "home of the heron" is the Sioux language.

Main highways include:


Organization of Worthington Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on April 30, 1872. The first township meeting was held on May 20, 1872. Petitioners requested the name Worthington from the town that was emerging within the township border. The town of Worthington was named in honor of the mother-in-law of Dr. Aaron P. Miller, one of the town's founding fathers.[4]


The following figures refer to those individuals residing within Worthington Township, but outside of the borders of the city of Worthington. As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 316 people, 127 households, and 100 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.0 people per square mile (4.3/km²). There were 132 housing units at an average density of 4.6/sq mi (1.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.05% White, 0.32% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 127 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.6% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,000, and the median income for a family was $44,167. Males had a median income of $35,536 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,390. About 5.6% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of 18 or 65 and older.


Worthington Township is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Worthington Township is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22B, represented by Republican Rod Hamilton.

Local politics

At the county level, representation of Worthington Township is divided between Nobles County Commissioners Marvin Zylstra, Matt Widboom, Robert Demuth. Jr., and Verne Lestico.


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