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Crosby, Minnesota
Motto(s): 
Founded by George H. Crosby
Location of Crosbywithin Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Location of Crosby
within Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Crow Wing
Area
 • Total 3.73 sq mi (9.66 km2)
 • Land 3.07 sq mi (7.95 km2)
 • Water 0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)
Elevation
1,260 ft (384 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,386
 • Estimate 
(2012)
2,374
 • Density 777.2/sq mi (300.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56441
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-13924
GNIS feature ID 0642478
Website www.crosbymn.govoffice3.com
Crosby Serpent
This serpent, on the edge of Serpent Lake, welcomes visitors to Crosby, Minnesota.

Crosby is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,386 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. Crosby is adjacent to its twin city of Ironton. It is one of the cities in the Cuyuna iron range.

History

Crosby was a town that was built for the sole purpose of mining. It was named for George H. Crosby, a businessperson in the mining industry.

Crosby was the location of the worst mining disaster in Minnesota, the Milford Mine disaster. On February 5, 1924, a new tunnel was blasted too close to nearby Foley Lake, and water rushed in, killing 41 miners.

In the 1932 local elections, the voters of Crosby elected Karl Emil Nygard as President of the Village Council and thus became the first city in the United States to have a Communist mayor.

In August 1957, Dr. David G. Simons, a 35-year-old Air Force major, climbed to nearly 102,000 feet (31,000 m) above the Earth as part of Project Manhigh. The flight, which was launched from the 400-foot-deep (120 m) Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake in Crosby, helped the country take its fledgling steps into space exploration. Simons returned to Crosby in 2007 to mark the anniversary of the Man High project.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.73 square miles (9.66 km2), of which 3.07 square miles (7.95 km2) is land and 0.66 square miles (1.71 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 3,500
1930 3,451 −1.4%
1940 2,954 −14.4%
1950 2,777 −6.0%
1960 2,629 −5.3%
1970 2,241 −14.8%
1980 2,218 −1.0%
1990 2,073 −6.5%
2000 2,299 10.9%
2010 2,386 3.8%
2015 (est.) 2,345 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,386 people, 1,065 households, and 552 families residing in the city. The population density was 777.2 inhabitants per square mile (300.1/km2). There were 1,241 housing units at an average density of 404.2 per square mile (156.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.4% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 1,065 households of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.2% were non-families. 42.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 24.2% 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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