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Location of Ashby, Minnesota
Location of Ashby, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Grant
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
1,296 ft (395 m)
 • Total 446
 • Estimate 
 • Density 800.36/sq mi (308.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-02422
GNIS feature ID 0639472

Ashby is a city in Grant County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 446 at the 2010 census.


Ashby was platted in 1879, and named for Gunder Ash, an early Norwegian settler. A post office has been in operation at Ashby since 1880.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which 0.55 square miles (1.42 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Minnesota State Highway 78 serves as a main route in the community. Interstate 94 is nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 231
1900 279 20.8%
1910 334 19.7%
1920 388 16.2%
1930 358 −7.7%
1940 384 7.3%
1950 443 15.4%
1960 426 −3.8%
1970 415 −2.6%
1980 486 17.1%
1990 469 −3.5%
2000 472 0.6%
2010 446 −5.5%
2019 (est.) 441 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 446 people, 197 households, and 132 families residing in the city. The population density was 810.9 inhabitants per square mile (313.1/km2). There were 232 housing units at an average density of 421.8 per square mile (162.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 1.8% African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 197 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.


Ashby's public school is K-12. Known as the "Ashby Arrows", its sports teams' colors are maroon and gold.

Each year, a local sporting group which calls itself "Coots Unlimited "—a parody of Ducks Unlimited—holds a fundraising event with proceeds to rebuild local wildlife habitat. A metal statue of a coot (a duck-like creature) was erected on the south border of the city.

Ashby is on the eastern fringe of the Red River Valley, which was carved out by ancient glaciers. As a result, it is nested in gently rolling hills and amongst many good fishing lakes, most prominent among them is Pelican Lake to the direct south of the city.

Ashby was the boyhood home of author/illustrator Charles Smith-Dewey, aka Uncle Hyggly, who penned a regional favorite about a dairy farmer who filled in one Christmas for an ailing Santa Claus -- "Mr. Gonopolis And His 12 Holsteins -- A Christmas Story." The publishing company is called Wounded Coot Greetings, an apparent homage to the local sporting group. Smith-Dewey is also co-founder and president of the Health Insurance Resource Center.

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