Lyle, Minnesota

Lyle is a city in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. Surrounded by Lyle Township, most of the city lies within a mile of the Iowa border, as the state line is the city's southern border. The population was 566 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 566 people, 211 households, and 148 families residing in the city. The population density was 733.2 people per square mile (283.8/km²). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 291.5/sq mi (112.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.82% White and 0.18% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 211 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,464, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $24,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,624. About 4.2% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.


Lyle Independent School District #497 serves both the city of Lyle and the surrounding farm community.

This district is merged for purposes of athletics with Austin Pacelli, a Catholic high school in Austin, Minnesota. Lyle sports teams used to be called the Lyle Lions. Now they are the Lyle-Pacelli Athletics. Since the district is so small, Lyle-Pacelli frequently plays against schools with much larger enrollments and plays nine-man football.

The Lyle area was engaged in a bitter fight over a school bond referendum from 2002 to 2005. Two groups emerged in the community: "Save our Schools and Community", a group supporting construction of a new school, and "Concerned Citizens for Lyle's Future", a group opposing the construction of a new school in favor of other less expensive solutions. In 2005, the Concerned Citizens for Lyle's Future group hired an anti-school bond consultant from Ocheyedan, Iowa. The bond did eventually pass on May 24, 2005 by a vote of 449 to 343. In this election, 98% of eligible voters participated . The new school has been built on the site of the former facility.

Lyle School Bond Referendum Voting Results, 2002-2005
Bond Issue Size Votes For Votes Against Margin Result
2002-11-05 $11.1 million 276 356 80 Rejected
2002-12-03 $8.05 million 325 365 29 Rejected
2004-09-14 $6.3 million 310 319 9 Rejected
2005-05-24 $8.34 million 449 343 106 Passed


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