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Location of the city of Delanowithin Wright County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Delano
within Wright County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wright
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 4.43 sq mi (11.47 km2)
 • Land 4.43 sq mi (11.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
922 ft (281 m)
 • Total 5,464
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,423.22/sq mi (549.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-15454
GNIS feature ID 0642749

Delano is a small city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,464 at the 2010 census. The city is known for its small-town feel. It is in the outskirts of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Delano was platted in 1868, and named for Francis Roach Delano, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Delano since 1870. Delano was incorporated in 1876. Three buildings in town are on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1880s Eagle Newspaper Office, 1888 Delano Village Hall, and 1893 Simon Weldele House.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.05 square miles (10.49 km2), all of it land. U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the community. Other routes include County Roads 6 and 11 (from Minneapolis), 16, 17, and 30.

Delano is located at 45.04 degrees north, 93.78 degrees west, along the South Fork of the Crow River. The ZIP code is 55328.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 407
1890 889 118.4%
1900 967 8.8%
1910 1,031 6.6%
1920 924 −10.4%
1930 914 −1.1%
1940 1,094 19.7%
1950 1,386 26.7%
1960 1,612 16.3%
1970 1,851 14.8%
1980 2,480 34.0%
1990 2,709 9.2%
2000 3,836 41.6%
2010 5,464 42.4%
2019 (est.) 6,302 15.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2015 and 2010 census

As of the census of 2015, there were 5,875 people, 2,064 households, and 1,948 families living in the city. The population density was 1,349.1 inhabitants per square mile (520.9/km2). There were 2,064 housing units at an average density of 509.6 per square mile (196.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 2,064 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median age in the city was 34.9 years. 31.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


Delano is home to the oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration in Minnesota. The first known Fourth of July celebration was held July 4, 1857, near Fountain Lake. The celebration lasts at least four days, and includes various entertainment and activities. The celebrations begin with local baseball and softball tournaments, the arrival of the carnival in Central Park, and the coronation of Delano Royalty. The Fourth of July parade begins at 10:30 AM, and the evening closes with a fireworks display.

The films A Simple Plan and Grumpy Old Men were filmed in Delano. The town is also believed to have inspired the creation of The Mighty Ducks series by the hockey team who plays in district five. Delano is home to the Kurier Polski Newspaper, the sole Polish/American newspaper in the Midwest. With a distribution of 1500 bi monthly


Delano is known for its strong public school system. In 2013, Forbes selected Delano over every other town in the United States as the "Best School for Your Housing buck." Delano schools produce exceptionally high test scores that complement its top-of-the-line athletic facilities. Delano also has parochial schools, including St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School and Mt. Olive Lutheran School.

Notable people

  • Tom Emmer – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, and the Republican nominee for governor in 2010. On June 5, 2013, he announced he would seek the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann. Elected in 2014, he took office in January 2015.
  • Robert O. McEachern - member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1992. McEachern grew up in Delano.

See also

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