Waite Park is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,715 at the 2010 census and according to 2018 estimates is now 7,718. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.94 square miles (23.15 km); 8.90 square miles (23.05 km) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km) is water.
Minnesota State Highway 23 and County 75 are two of the main routes in Waite Park.
Minnesota Highway 15 skirts the southeastern border of Waite Park. Interstate Highway 94 is to the immediate south and west of Waite Park.
Waite Park is immediately west of the city of St. Cloud.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,568 people, 2,967 households, and 1,536 families residing in the city. The population density was 841.0 people per square mile (324.7/km²). There were 3,065 housing units at an average density of 392.5 per square mile (151.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.74% White, 0.72% African American, 0.56% Native American, 3.50% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.01% of the population.
There were 2,967 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.2% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the city, the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 21.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 16.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,803, and the median income for a family was $43,415. Males had a median income of $27,066 versus $21,481 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,796. About 7.9% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,715 people, 3,127 households, and 1,538 families residing in the city. The population density was 754.5 inhabitants per square mile (291.3/km). There were 3,424 housing units at an average density of 384.7 per square mile (148.5/km). The racial makeup of the city was 83.6% White, 6.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 2.7% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.
There were 3,127 households of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.8% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age in the city was 32.6 years. 19.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 20.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
Waite Park Minnesota neighborhoods include: Angus Acres, Discovery – 7th St., Frontage Road North, Sunwood Park, Willow Pond