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Location of Dalton, Minnesota
Location of Dalton, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Otter Tail
 • Total 0.24 sq mi (0.61 km2)
 • Land 0.24 sq mi (0.61 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,371 ft (418 m)
 • Total 253
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,055.08/sq mi (407.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-14626
GNIS feature ID 0642612

Dalton is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 253 at the 2010 census.


Dalton was platted in 1882 by Ole C. Dahl, and named for him. A post office has been in operation at Dalton since 1882. Dalton was incorporated in 1905.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2), all of it land.

County Highways 12, 35, and 82 are three of the main routes in the community, and Interstate 94 is nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 175
1920 200 14.3%
1930 182 −9.0%
1940 226 24.2%
1950 279 23.5%
1960 239 −14.3%
1970 221 −7.5%
1980 248 12.2%
1990 234 −5.6%
2000 258 10.3%
2010 253 −1.9%
2019 (est.) 249 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 253 people, 115 households, and 69 families living in the city. The population density was 1,100.0 inhabitants per square mile (424.7/km2). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 578.3 per square mile (223.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.4% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 115 households, of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 36.8 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Arts and culture

Dalton does not have its own schools. Children from the area attend schools in Fergus Falls, Ashby, or Underwood.

Each year, Dalton hosts an annual Summerfest Day the final weekend in June. During this celebration, an all-city rummage sale is held, a Relay for Life fundraising event is held in conjunction with a large softball tournament, and a street dance is held on that weekend's Saturday evening.

Dalton is also home to the Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Association, a group of enthusiasts who restore and display antique farming equipment—notably the threshing machine—during an annual show the weekend after Labor Day.

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