BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) – In ten years, the United States has seen a 6.5% increase in population.
But Byron, Minnesota saw a much higher rate of 28%.
“We kind of knew the numbers. We didn’t know the census numbers, but we did know the numbers because we average around 50 homes a year,” Byron Mayor Daryl Glassmaker said.
With an average house housing three people, the number of inhabitants has increased from 4,914 in 2010 to 6,312 in 2020.
“Well, I’ve seen a lot of growth in the community. When I was young and a child, we only had two schools. A school is demolished at the south end of the community center. So it was K-6th, and middle school was high school. The town hall was in the center of the city, the bank was in the center of the city. The old bank was once a furniture store after being a bank. So yes, there is a lot of change in the city centre, ”said John Bausman, who has lived in Byron for more than 50 years.
Bausman is a public works foreman in Byron and says the increased population has created more work for him and his team.
“We have seen a lot of new developments coming up and our infrastructure is growing. We have upgraded all of our wells to increase pumping capacity. Track that and get the equipment you need for snow removal because there are more streets to do,” Bausman said.
“As you add more people and homes and roads and other things, we need to make sure our staff stay on top of that. For our maintenance, we have enough vehicles to take care of streets, infrastructure, etc., so let’s always monitor that so we don’t fall behind,” Glassmaker said.
Although more and more people are moving in, the town hopes to retain its small-town community spirit.
“Everyone knows everyone. A good community for schooling and kids to grow up in,” Bausman said.
“You know the owners of the business, you know the people who work there, so it keeps a town small, because you know everyone,” Glassmaker said.
Byron’s population is also relatively young compared to the rest of the country with nearly 32% of its residents being under the age of 18, while nationally it is 22%. Mayor Glassmaker said this was due to the city’s “excellent teaching staff and school system”.
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