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Fort Ripley
Location of the city of Fort Ripleywithin Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Fort Ripley
within Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Crow Wing
 • Total 1.40 sq mi (3.64 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.30 km2)
1,168 ft (356 m)
 • Total 69
 • Estimate 
 • Density 51.94/sq mi (20.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-21932
GNIS feature ID 0643824

Fort Ripley is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Nokasippi Rivers. The population was 69 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Fort Ripley was a United States military installation beginning in 1849 and lasting until 1877. The fort, now Camp Ripley, was located on the opposite side of the Mississippi River from Morrison County as the current city in Crow Wing County.

The city of Fort Ripley was incorporated in 1927. The city took its name from the fort, and that was named for Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an American soldier and politician.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2), of which 1.32 square miles (3.42 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.

The city of Fort Ripley is located between Little Falls and Brainerd along Minnesota State Highway 371 near Over the Hill Road and Crow Wing County Road 2. The Mississippi River, the Nokasippi River, and the Little Nokasippi River are all in the vicinity.

The boundary line between Crow Wing and Morrison counties is nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 105
1940 126 20.0%
1950 88 −30.2%
1960 55 −37.5%
1970 54 −1.8%
1980 83 53.7%
1990 92 10.8%
2000 74 −19.6%
2010 69 −6.8%
2019 (est.) 67 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 69 people, 33 households, and 20 families living in the city. The population density was 52.3 inhabitants per square mile (20.2/km2). There were 37 housing units at an average density of 28.0 per square mile (10.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 1.4% Native American, and 1.4% Asian.

There were 33 households, of which 21.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.4% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the city was 50.5 years. 17.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 39.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.6% male and 46.4% female.


Fort Ripley's students attend Brainerd Public Schools. The zoned high school is Brainerd High School.

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