Montevideo is located in a double river valley where the Minnesota and Chippewa rivers converge, approximately 140 miles (230 km) west of Minneapolis, at the junction of U.S. Highways 59 and 212 with Minnesota State Highways 7 and 29.
The surrounding topography is dominated by farmland and prairies, as well as river valleys with many scenic overlooks and small bluffs.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.85 square miles (12.56 km2), of which, 4.76 square miles (12.33 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.
Montevideo, as with the rest of Minnesota, has a four-season humid continental climate with great differences between summer and winter. The average July high is 28 °C (82 °F) with the average January high being −6 °C (21 °F).
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,383 people, 2,326 households, and 1,404 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,130.9 inhabitants per square mile (436.6/km2). There were 2,510 housing units at an average density of 527.3 per square mile (203.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 4.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.4% of the population.
There were 2,326 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.
The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 20.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,346 people, 2,353 households, and 1,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,190.5 people per square mile (459.7/km²). There were 2,551 housing units at an average density of 568.1 per square mile (219.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.10% White, 0.11% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.
There were 2,353 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,447, and the median income for a family was $44,706. Males had a median income of $30,838 versus $19,013 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,025. About 4.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.Montevideo was featured in the 2005 film Sweet Land as the town Audubon, Minnesota in the 1920s.
Montevideo was a grand finalist in the Real World Road Rules Challenge 2000.
KDMA, KKRC, and KMGM are local radio stations owned by Iowa City Broadcasting Company, Inc. KKRM is owned by Thunderhawk Broadcasting, Inc.
Montevideo is a sister city of: Montevideo, Uruguay
Paul Gruchow (1947–2004), Former professor at St. Olaf and Concordia colleges, and former editor of the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington. Essayist whose publications include Grass Roots: The Universe of Home (Milkweed Editions, 1995) and Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild. Prior to his suicide, he was a contributing writer to several periodicals including the New York Times and the Hungry Mind Review.
David Minge (1942–), Former 2nd District congressman (1993–2001) and current judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.