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Location of Barnesvillewithin Clay County and state of Minnesota
Location of Barnesville
within Clay County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Clay
 • Total 2.08 sq mi (5.40 km2)
 • Land 2.07 sq mi (5.35 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
1,024 ft (312 m)
 • Total 2,759
 • Density 1,258.83/sq mi (485.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-03574
GNIS feature ID 0639637

Barnesville is a city in Clay County, Minnesota, United States. The population is 2,759 at the 2020 census. Barnesville Potato Days is held there annually in August.

Interstate 94/U.S. Highway 52, as well as Minnesota State Highways 9 and 34 are four of the main routes in the city.


Barnesville was founded in 1874 by George S. Barnes, and named for him. A post office called Barnesville has been in operation since 1877. Barnesville was incorporated as a city in 1889.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.22 square miles (5.75 km2), of which 2.20 square miles (5.70 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,063
1900 1,326 24.7%
1910 1,353 2.0%
1920 1,564 15.6%
1930 1,279 −18.2%
1940 1,450 13.4%
1950 1,593 9.9%
1960 1,632 2.4%
1970 1,782 9.2%
1980 2,207 23.8%
1990 2,066 −6.4%
2000 2,173 5.2%
2010 2,563 17.9%
2020 2,759 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census
Barnesville, Minnesota
Downtown Barnesville

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,563 people, 1,013 households, and 696 families living in the city. The population density was 1,165.0 inhabitants per square mile (449.8/km2). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 497.7 per square mile (192.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,013 households, of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 29.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


Barnesville Potato Days is held each year during the end of August, and draws approximately 14,000 people each year.

This top potato-growing region, the Red River Valley, touts its taters at potato-peeling and picking contests and food booths serving potato pancakes, dumplings and sausage. The festival also includes a parade, car show, and street dances. Of the many events, mashed potato wrestling is the best known and most respected.

Barnesville also hosts the Clay County Fair in mid-July. The fair features rides, 4-H displays and other local attractions.


Barnesville is the center of I.S.D. 146. Atkinson Elementary is for students grades K–6; Barnesville High is grades 7–12. There are about 820 students in the school system, with roughly 370 students enrolled in the high school, and around 450 in the elementary. The superintendent is Dr. Jon Ellerbusch. Barnesville's mascots are the Lady Trojans and Trojans.

Notable people

  • Alta King (born 1899 in Barnesville), a dancer and Ziegfeld girl
  • Neil Wohlwend, Minnesota state legislator, football and basketball coach

See also

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