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Location of Kinbrae, Minnesota
Location of Kinbrae, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Nobles
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Land 0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
1,467 ft (447 m)
 • Total 10
 • Estimate 
 • Density 13.84/sq mi (5.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 27-33236
GNIS feature ID 0646150

Kinbrae is a city in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10 at the 2020 census. It is the smallest city, by population, in Minnesota.


Kinbrae Sat Photo
Satellite Photo of Kinbrae, Minnesota

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), of which, 0.87 square miles (2.25 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. The town is located in the far northeastern corner of Nobles County. Kinbrae lies one mile east of Jackson County, and one mile south of Murrary County.

Main highways include:

  • County 1.png Nobles County Road 1


Kinbrae, Mn, topo
Topographic Map of Kinbrae, Minnesota
Kinbrae, MN, Main Street
Main Street of Kinbrae, Minnesota, showing rail depot
Kinbrae, MN, Depot
View of Dumont Street, Kinbrae, Minnesota
Kinbrae elevator
Old Grain Elevator in Kinbrae, Minnesota

Site selections: In the year 1879, the Southern Minnesota Railroad began building a route from Heron Lake, to Fulda. A rail station was proposed for the Graham Lakes region, and the site selected was briefly named Airlie in honor of David Ogilvy, the 10th Earl of Airlie. The Earl was president of the Dundee Improvement company, a Scottish company formed for the purpose of founding a town in southwest Minnesota. In September and October 1879, Oglivy's company built a steam elevator with a capacity of 16,000 bushels, a hotel, and a general store building in Airlie. The Dundee Improvement company played no role in founding the nearby town of Dundee. In fact, the towns of Kinbrae (Airlie) and Dundee, though separated by a mere 1/2 mile, were rivals, built along the roads of competing rail lines.

Change of name: When the site was surveyed in December 1879, Airlie was formally rechristened DeForest. A depot and a post office were both constructed in 1880 even though the census showed a mere 19 residents. The depot was known as DeForest Station, but the post office was known as Airlie until January 1882 when the name was formally changed to DeForest. The steam elevator was wiped out by fire on April 20, 1883, and this spelled the end of the Dundee Improvement Company's involvement. As a historical footnote, David Ogilvy's granddaughter Clementine Hozier was married to Winston Churchill from 1908 until his death in 1965.

Kinbrae: In August 1883, DeForest Station, the townsite, and the post office were renamed Kinbrae. Little is known about the name Kinbrae, other than that it is Scottish. Ownership of Kinbrae passed into the hands of Hanson & Graeger, a Chicago land-colonization firm, but the company showed little interest in development of the new town. The townsite was then sold to W. N. Bickley and W. E. Fletcher in 1895, who made great efforts "to boom the town," or to attract businesses and residents. By 1896, Kinbrae boasted two general stores, a hardware store, a lumber yard, two elevators, a blacksmith shop, a hotel, a bank, a creamery, two churches (Methodist and Presbyterian), and a school.

Incorporation: The town was incorporated on February 17, 1896, and the first village president was a Mr. L. F. Miller. The census of 1900 gave Kinbrae a population of 137. Kinbrae's post office was discontinued in the year 1971, and by the year 2000, the town had a mere 21 residents. Population estimates from 2007 put the number of residents at 17. Kinbrae citizens briefly considered disincorporation in the year 2010, but elected to remain a municipality however small.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 19
1900 137
1910 137 0.0%
1920 121 −11.7%
1930 115 −5.0%
1940 107 −7.0%
1950 85 −20.6%
1960 55 −35.3%
1970 37 −32.7%
1980 40 8.1%
1990 18 −55.0%
2000 21 16.7%
2010 12 −42.9%
2019 (est.) 12 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12 people, 6 households, and 3 families residing in the city. The population density was 13.8 inhabitants per square mile (5.3/km2). There were 11 housing units at an average density of 12.6 per square mile (4.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 6 households, of which 50.0% were married couples living together and 50.0% were non-families. 0.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.00.

The median age in the city was 55 years. 0.0% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 0.0% were from 25 to 44; 66.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

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