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5th Street (U.S. Route 75) in downtown Breckenridge in 2007
5th Street (U.S. Route 75) in downtown Breckenridge in 2007
Location of Breckenridgewithin Wilkin County and state of Minnesota
Location of Breckenridge
within Wilkin County and state of Minnesota
Breckenridge is located in Minnesota
Location in Minnesota
Breckenridge is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wilkin
 • Total 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
961 ft (293 m)
 • Total 3,386
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,254.25/sq mi (484.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-07462
GNIS feature ID 0640448

Breckenridge is a city and county seat of Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,386 at the 2010 census.

Breckenridge's twin city is Wahpeton, North Dakota. It is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area. The Bois de Sioux River and the Otter Tail River join at Breckenridge and Wahpeton to form the Red River of the North.


Breckenridge was platted in 1857, and named for John C. Breckinridge, Senator from Kentucky, and fourteenth Vice President of the United States. A post office has been in operation at Breckenridge since 1857. Breckenridge was incorporated in 1908.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.46 square miles (6.37 km2), all of it land.

U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highways 9 and 210 are three of the main routes in the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 655
1900 1,282 95.7%
1910 1,840 43.5%
1920 2,401 30.5%
1930 2,261 −5.8%
1940 2,745 21.4%
1950 3,623 32.0%
1960 4,335 19.7%
1970 4,200 −3.1%
1980 3,909 −6.9%
1990 3,708 −5.1%
2000 3,559 −4.0%
2010 3,386 −4.9%
2019 (est.) 3,172 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,386 people, 1,445 households, and 861 families living in the city, and it is currently 108 years old. The population density was 1,376.4 inhabitants per square mile (531.4/km2). There were 1,635 housing units at an average density of 664.6 per square mile (256.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.2% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,445 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Notable people

  • Dick Enderle, professional football player
  • Heidi Heitkamp, former US Senator from North Dakota
  • Chuck Klosterman, writer and novelist
  • Errol Mann, professional football player, member of the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI team
  • Reuben N. Nelson, lawyer and politician
  • George Putnam, radio newsman
  • Fritz Scholder, Native American artist
  • Gerry Sikorski, politician
  • Cheryl Tiegs, professional model
  • Adrian P. Winkel, High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

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