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Location of Aldrich, Minnesota
Location of Aldrich, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wadena
Area
 • Total 0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
 • Land 0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,355 ft (413 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 48
 • Estimate 
(2019)
45
 • Density 91.84/sq mi (35.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56434
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-00892
GNIS feature ID 0639265

Aldrich is a city in Wadena County, Minnesota, United States, along the Partridge River. The population was 48 at the 2010 census. The small community holds the distinction as the first permanent settlement in Wadena County and the first to establish a post office. It is also home to the first Catholic church in the area, established in 1870, as a mission church.

History

A post office called Aldrich has been in operation since 1877. The city was named for Cyrus Aldrich (1808–1871), a state legislator.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all of it land.

U.S. Route 10 serves as a main route in the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 152
1950 131 −13.8%
1960 90 −31.3%
1970 85 −5.6%
1980 88 3.5%
1990 70 −20.5%
2000 53 −24.3%
2010 48 −9.4%
2019 (est.) 45 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 48 people in 24 households, including 11 families, in the city. The population density was 102.1 inhabitants per square mile (39.4/km2). There were 31 housing units at an average density of 66.0 per square mile (25.5/km2). The racial makup of the city was 100.0% White.

Of the 24 households 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 54.2% were non-families. 45.8% of households were one person and 25% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age was 50.5 years. 12.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.7% were from 25 to 44; 37.5% were from 45 to 64; and 25% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

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