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"The Gateway to Bluff Country" and "The Chosen Valley"
Location of Chatfield, Minnesota (Olmsted County)
Location of Chatfield, Minnesota (Olmsted County)
Location of Chatfield, Minnesota (Fillmore County)
Location of Chatfield, Minnesota (Fillmore County)
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Fillmore, Olmsted
 • Total 2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Land 2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,010 ft (308 m)
 • Total 2,779
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,091.44/sq mi (421.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-11008
GNIS feature ID 0641133

Chatfield is a city in Fillmore and Olmsted counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,779 at the 2010 census. The city's area is split almost equally between the two counties. Chatfield is known as "The Gateway to Bluff Country" and "The Chosen Valley".


The city was named after Judge Andrew G. Chatfield. It was founded in 1853 by Andrew Twiford, and originally served as the Fillmore county seat prior to the county being further divided. The founding population was overwhelmingly from New England. The New Englanders who founded Chatfield built a community that became so successful it was dubbed "the Chosen Valley". During the American Civil War, the Chatfield Guards militia distinguished themselves as Company A of the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and their commander, former engineer and newspaperman Captain (later promoted to Colonel) Judson W. Bishop, later commanded the entire regiment.


Main Street.
Chatfield Public Library (also home to the Chatfield Historical Museum), originally built as a Carnegie library.
St. Mary's Catholic Church.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.64 square miles (6.84 km2). It is also the home of the only stop light in Fillmore County and the state, at the intersection of 3rd Street (Fillmore County Road 2) and Main Street. Chatfield has two waterways within its borders, the North Branch of the Root River and a tributary, Mill Creek.

U.S. Highway 52, State Highway 30, State Highway 74, and Fillmore County Road 2 are four of the main routes in the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,001
1890 1,335 −85.2%
1900 1,426 6.8%
1910 1,228 −13.9%
1920 1,382 12.5%
1930 1,269 −8.2%
1940 1,640 29.2%
1950 1,605 −2.1%
1960 1,841 14.7%
1970 1,885 2.4%
1980 2,055 9.0%
1990 2,226 8.3%
2000 2,394 7.5%
2010 2,779 16.1%
2019 (est.) 2,829 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,779 people, 1,092 households, and 741 families living in the city. The population density was 1,052.7 inhabitants per square mile (406.4/km2). There were 1,174 housing units at an average density of 444.7 per square mile (171.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 1.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,092 households, of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

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