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Location of the city of Baxterwithin Crow Wing Countyin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Baxter
within Crow Wing County
in the state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Crow Wing
 • Total 21.11 sq mi (54.67 km2)
 • Land 18.85 sq mi (48.83 km2)
 • Water 2.25 sq mi (5.84 km2)
1,207 ft (368 m)
 • Total 7,610
 • Estimate 
 • Density 443.67/sq mi (171.30/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
56401, 56425
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-04042
GNIS feature ID 0639737

Baxter is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,610 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Minnesota State Highways 210 and 371 are two of the main routes in the city.


Baxter is located just north of the geographical center of Minnesota, in a terminal moraine area created by the Superior Lobe of the Labradorian ice sheet. The city is home to numerous lakes and ponds.

Baxter is bordered on the west by Cass County and on the east by Brainerd. The Mississippi River marks the current southern border but expansion both north and south is possible.

Along with the rest of Crow Wing County and parts of the adjoining counties, Baxter is part of the so-called Brainerd Lakes Area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.62 square miles (53.41 km2), of which 18.39 square miles (47.63 km2) is land and 2.23 square miles (5.78 km2) is water.


Baxter owes its existence partly to the 1920s operation of a (since closed) large tie-treating plant, owned by Northern Pacific Railroad. Farming was also an important early industry.

Baxter was incorporated on May 25, 1939. The town is named after Luther Baxter, an attorney for the railroad who served in the Minnesota Legislature and as a colonel in the Civil War.

Tourism and various service industries have become Baxter's biggest employers, and numerous housing subdivisions have been developed in the wooded area west of Minnesota Highway 371, which passes through the town. Owing to the amount of unused land in the area, commercial development along the highway itself has also increased in recent years, though it has tended to conform to the pattern of urban sprawl.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 169
1940 357 111.2%
1950 507 42.0%
1960 1,037 104.5%
1970 1,556 50.0%
1980 2,625 68.7%
1990 3,695 40.8%
2000 5,555 50.3%
2010 7,610 37.0%
2019 (est.) 8,364 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,610 people, 2,963 households, and 2,110 families living in the city. The population density was 413.8 inhabitants per square mile (159.8/km2). There were 3,176 housing units at an average density of 172.7 per square mile (66.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,963 households, of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.


Baxter's students attend Brainerd Public Schools. The zoned high school is Brainerd High School.

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