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Second Street in Bovey, circa 1905
Second Street in Bovey, circa 1905
Location of the city of Boveywithin Itasca County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Bovey
within Itasca County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
 • Total 2.29 sq mi (5.94 km2)
 • Land 2.29 sq mi (5.92 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
1,319 ft (402 m)
 • Total 804
 • Estimate 
 • Density 342.96/sq mi (132.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-07048
GNIS feature ID 0655489

Bovey is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. It is part of Minnesota's Iron Range. The population was 804 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.30 square miles (5.96 km2), of which 2.29 square miles (5.93 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

In recent years the city, along with its neighbors Coleraine and Taconite, has been under a serious threat of flooding from the nearby Canisteo Mine Pit. The pit, which comprises a series of 19 mines that ceased to be worked in 1985, has now become a lake some 4.8 miles long and up to 300 ft deep. In June 2011 the water level was recorded as having reached 1316.1 feet above sea level, higher than low-lying areas of the town. A project to drain some of the lake to prevent it overflowing and swamping the town was due to commence in mid-2011. The most recent pit water level is 1316.60 MSL.


Bovey hosts an annual harvest festival known as Farmer's Day, which festivities typically occur during Labor Day weekend. The holiday culminates with a parade on Labor Day, which is officially Farmer's Day.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,377
1920 1,324 −3.8%
1930 1,248 −5.7%
1940 1,355 8.6%
1950 1,320 −2.6%
1960 1,086 −17.7%
1970 858 −21.0%
1980 813 −5.2%
1990 662 −18.6%
2000 662 0.0%
2010 804 21.5%
2019 (est.) 784 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 804 people, 334 households, and 200 families living in the city. The population density was 351.1 inhabitants per square mile (135.6/km2). There were 380 housing units at an average density of 165.9 per square mile (64.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.8% White, 0.2% African American, 2.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 334 households, of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 21% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.

Notable people

  • Adam Hauser – NHL goaltender born and raised in Bovey.
  • Richard Hongisto – San Francisco politician born in Bovey.
  • Eric Enstrom – photographer of the 1918 photograph Grace

See also

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