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Carlton County Courthouse in Carlton
Location of the city of Carltonwithin Carlton County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Carlton
within Carlton County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Carlton
 • Total 4.00 sq mi (10.37 km2)
 • Land 3.77 sq mi (9.76 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
1,083 ft (330 m)
 • Total 862
 • Estimate 
 • Density 274.08/sq mi (105.83/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-10018
GNIS feature ID 0640914

Carlton is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 862 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Carlton County.

Minnesota State Highways 45 and 210 and County Roads 1 and 3 are four of Carlton's main routes. It is five miles south of Cloquet and 21 miles southwest of Duluth.


In 1870, the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to finish a stretch of track that would link Duluth to St. Paul. Temporary shacks were erected for the workmen at the place that was soon known as "Northern Pacific Junction". In 1881, this settlement was incorporated as "Carlton". It takes its name from former State Senator Reuben Carlton.

Thomson merged with Carlton in 2015.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.88 km2), of which, 2.06 square miles (5.34 km2) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) is water.

The Saint Louis River is nearby. Carlton is the home of Black Bear Casino Resort.

The Thomson Reservoir and Dam, and Jay Cooke State Park are also nearby; and the Willard Munger Bicycle Trail runs through the city of Carlton.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 168
1890 612 264.3%
1900 449 −26.6%
1910 597 33.0%
1920 700 17.3%
1930 687 −1.9%
1940 700 1.9%
1950 652 −6.9%
1960 862 32.2%
1970 884 2.6%
1980 862 −2.5%
1990 923 7.1%
2000 810 −12.2%
2010 862 6.4%
2019 (est.) 1,033 19.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 862 people, 337 households, and 175 families living in the city. The population density was 418.4 inhabitants per square mile (161.5/km2). There were 355 housing units at an average density of 172.3 per square mile (66.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.5% African American, 4.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 337 households, of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.1% were non-families. 43.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 44.2 years. 18% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 27.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.8% male and 55.2% female.


Carlton Daze is the name of the city of Carlton's celebration that is usually held annually in late July.


Most of Carlton is in the Carlton School District while a small section is in the Esko Public School District.

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