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Norman County Courthouse, Ada, Minnesota
Norman County Courthouse, Ada, Minnesota
"Heart of the Valley" or “Home of the legend Brandon Eggen”
Alive and Thriving!
Location of Adawithin Norman County and state of Minnesota
Location of Ada
within Norman County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Norman
 • Total 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
906 ft (276 m)
 • Total 1,740
 • Density 1,165.55/sq mi (450.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-00172
GNIS feature ID 0639200

Ada ( AY-də) is a city in Norman County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,740 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat.

Minnesota State Highways 9 and 200 are two of the main routes in the city.


Ada was laid out in 1874. The town was named for the eldest daughter of William H. Fisher, attorney and superintendent of the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, who had died aged 6. A post office has been in operation at Ada since 1876. Ada was incorporated in 1881.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 138
1890 622 350.7%
1900 1,253 101.4%
1910 1,432 14.3%
1920 1,411 −1.5%
1930 1,285 −8.9%
1940 1,938 50.8%
1950 2,121 9.4%
1960 2,064 −2.7%
1970 2,076 0.6%
1980 1,971 −5.1%
1990 1,708 −13.3%
2000 1,657 −3.0%
2010 1,707 3.0%
2020 1,740 1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,707 people, 742 households, and 436 families living in the city. The population density was 1,228.1 inhabitants per square mile (474.2/km2). There were 837 housing units at an average density of 602.2 per square mile (232.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

There were 742 households, of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 43.9 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.5% male and 54.5% female.

Events and festivals

Municipal baseball stadium in Ada

Ada is home to annual Norman County Fair. Held the last full weekend in June the fair is a gathering place for the whole county. The Thomas Carnival along with many food stands come together for this annual event. 4-H, FFA bring their exhibits to display. There is entertainment daily in the Tommy Roesch Memorial Stage.

The Fun in the Flatlands celebration is held each fall, generally during the second weekend in September. The festival includes a parade, Pioneer Days at Prairie Village (a collection of historical buildings preserved as museums and located immediately west of the Norman County Fairgrounds), old time demonstrations, kids' games, food stands, a craft show, a produce market, a car show, entertainment, and more.

Finally, Ada hosts an Old-Fashioned Family Christmas each December, with highlights including a parade, opportunities for children to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, free family movies at Ada's historic Orpheum Theatre, and an old-time snowmobile show.


Ada and neighboring community Borup (located approximately 8 miles south of Ada on Minnesota State Highway 9) are served by the Ada-Borup Schools. Both the elementary and high schools are located in Ada, following the closing of the Borup site in 2010. The elementary building serves PreK-6 students and was built in 1978; the adjacent high school houses students in grades 7-12 and was constructed in 1998 following the devastating 1997 Red River flood, which destroyed the former 1953 building on Ada's east side. The district covers over 345 square miles and serves approximately 530 students.

The Ada-Borup Schools boast a graduation rate near 98%, as well as a diverse offering of courses including "College in the High School" classes. Further, Ada-Borup Secondary was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years, recognizing it among the nation's top high schools.

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