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Location of the city of Aftonwithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Afton
within Washington County, Minnesota
Afton is located in Minnesota
Location in Minnesota
Afton is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Afton is located in North America
Location in North America
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
 • Total 26.48 sq mi (68.59 km2)
 • Land 25.09 sq mi (64.99 km2)
 • Water 1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)
712 ft (217 m)
 • Total 2,886
 • Estimate 
 • Density 120.68/sq mi (46.59/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-00316
GNIS feature ID 0639223
View of St. Croix Valley above Afton

Afton is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,886 at the 2010 United States Census. It lies on a small bay where Valley Creek empties into the St. Croix River, several miles north of its confluence with the Mississippi River.

Afton is well known for Afton Alps, the largest ski and snowboard area in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It is home to Afton State Park on the St. Croix River. Due to these two destinations and its quaint small-town appearance in a major metropolitan area, Afton receives a fair amount of local tourism in the form of day trips. The 2018 US Winter Olympic Gold Medalist cross-country skier Jessie Diggins is from Afton.


Afton was platted in 1855, and named for the poem Sweet Afton by Robert Burns. A post office has been in operation at Afton since 1857.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.42 square miles (68.43 km2); 25.05 square miles (64.88 km2) is land and 1.37 square miles (3.55 km2) is water. Main routes include Hudson Road, County Roads 18, 21, and 71; and Minnesota Highway 95. Afton borders Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, and St. Mary's Point to the east. It also borders West Lakeland Township to the north, Denmark Township to the south, and Woodbury to the west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 130
1920 183
1930 148 −19.1%
1940 132 −10.8%
1950 142 7.6%
1960 158 11.3%
1970 248 57.0%
1980 2,550 928.2%
1990 2,645 3.7%
2000 2,839 7.3%
2010 2,886 1.7%
Est. 2019 3,028 4.9%
US Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,886 people, 1,081 households, and 863 families in the city. The population density was 115/sqmi (44.4/km2). There were 1,143 housing units at an average density of 45.6/sqmi (17.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,081 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.5% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 48.2 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.1% were from 25 to 44; 42.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

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