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Downtown Brooten
Downtown Brooten
"Heart Of The Bonanza Valley"
Location of Brootenwithin Stearns and Pope Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of Brooten
within Stearns and Pope Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Stearns, Pope
 • Total 1.59 sq mi (4.11 km2)
 • Land 1.59 sq mi (4.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,312 ft (400 m)
 • Total 743
 • Estimate 
 • Density 472.59/sq mi (182.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-08092
GNIS feature ID 0640523

Brooten is a city in Stearns and Pope counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota, United States. The population was 743 as of the 2010 census. Almost the entire city is within Stearns County, with a small portion in Pope County.

The Stearns County portion of Brooten is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Brooten was laid out in 1886, when the Soo Railroad was extended to that point. The city was named after the LiaBraaten family of settlers. A post office has been in operation at Brooten since 1886.


Brooten water tower

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.57 square miles (4.07 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 259
1910 562 117.0%
1920 649 15.5%
1930 604 −6.9%
1940 676 11.9%
1950 669 −1.0%
1960 661 −1.2%
1970 615 −7.0%
1980 647 5.2%
1990 589 −9.0%
2000 649 10.2%
2010 743 14.5%
2019 (est.) 750 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 743 people, 294 households, and 167 families living in the city. The population density was 473.2 inhabitants per square mile (182.7/km2). There were 320 housing units at an average density of 203.8 per square mile (78.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 294 households, of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.2% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 43.9 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 20.5% were from 45 to 64; and 27.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Brooten hosts a community celebration called Bonanza Valley Days on the second weekend of July. It begins with a dance on Friday and ends with an Ice Cream Social on Sunday. Events include a bike rally, fireworks, pageant, kiddie parade, grand parade, and more.


Belgrade–Brooten–Elrosa Elementary School is located in Brooten. The school is part of the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District—ISD #2364.



Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as a main route in the community.

The Brooten Municipal Airport is approximately one mile southeast of the city and has a paved, 3500-foot runway.

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