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Location of the city of Chisholmwithin St. Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Chisholm
within St. Louis County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County St. Louis
Incorporated July 23, 1901
 • Total 4.73 sq mi (12.24 km2)
 • Land 4.47 sq mi (11.57 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
1,539 ft (469 m)
 • Total 4,976
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,085.03/sq mi (418.96/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 218 Exchange: 254
FIPS code 27-11386
GNIS feature ID 0660998
Website City of Chisholm

Chisholm is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,976 at the 2010 census. U.S. Highway 169 and State Highway 73 (MN 73) are two of Chisholm's main routes. A mining town on the Mesabi Range, it was founded by Archibald Mark Chisholm.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.74 square miles (12.28 km2); 4.48 square miles (11.60 km2) is land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) is water.

Chisholm is in the center of the Mesabi Iron Range, one of the four iron ranges in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.


A post office called Chisholm has been in operation since 1901. The city was named for Archibald Mark Chisholm (1862-1933) a mining man and investor from Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada. Chisholm was incorporated in 1901.

With a railroad line to Duluth and plenty of mining work available in and near town, the population of Chisholm grew rapidly, and by 1908 the town had more than 6000 people and 500 buildings. On September 5, 1908, a fast-moving forest fire obliterated the town due to the dry conditions during the late summer and wood construction of nearly all the buildings in town. Many people sought escape by going into the lake. No one died in the fire. Afterwards, building codes were enhanced, and by the next summer more than 70 fireproof buildings had been erected. Chisholm became a city in 1934.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 7,684
1920 9,039 17.6%
1930 8,308 −8.1%
1940 7,487 −9.9%
1950 6,861 −8.4%
1960 7,144 4.1%
1970 5,913 −17.2%
1980 5,930 0.3%
1990 5,290 −10.8%
2000 4,960 −6.2%
2010 4,976 0.3%
2019 (est.) 4,849 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,976 people, 2,257 households, and 1,260 families living in the city. The population density was 1,110.7 inhabitants per square mile (428.8/km2). There were 2,524 housing units at an average density of 563.4 per square mile (217.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 0.8% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 2,256 households, of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

In popular culture

  • In the motion picture Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella and Terrance Mann go to Chisholm to find Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. Graham, or "Doc" Graham, as the residents of Chisholm called him, did indeed live in Chisholm for 50 years as a doctor following his baseball career. The scenes depicting the town were actually filmed in Galena, Illinois.
  • Scenes of the drama film North Country (2005) were filmed in Chisholm.


The Chisholm Independent School District draws students from Chisholm and surrounding Balkan Township. Vaughan–Steffensrud Elementary School (named for the first two superintendents of the Chisholm school system) has classes for children from preschool through third grade, Chisholm Elementary School has students in grades 4 through 6, and Chisholm High School has grades 7 through 12.

Chisholm, 2021

Notable people

  • John Blatnik, former U.S. Congressman
  • Roger Enrico, former CEO of PepsiCo
  • Philip Falcone, billionaire Wall Street investor
  • Ann Govednik, Olympic breaststroke swimmer
  • Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, former Major League Baseball player, town doctor
  • Patty Hajdu, Canadian politician
  • Ben Hoberman, pioneer of the all-talk radio format
  • Cameron Latu, college tight end
  • Joel Maturi, former University of Minnesota athletic director
  • Jim Oberstar, former U.S. Congressman
  • Dan Orlich, former NFL defensive end
  • Shawn Rojeski, 2006 Winter Olympics men's curling bronze medalist
  • Tony Sertich, Minnesota politician and former House majority leader
  • John Shuster, 2018 Winter Olympics men's curling gold medalist
  • Jason Smith, 2010 Winter Olympics men's curler

See also

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