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Location of the city of Meadowlandswithin Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Meadowlands
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,276 ft (389 m)
 • Total 134
 • Estimate 
 • Density 329.02/sq mi (127.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-41372
GNIS feature ID 0661897

Meadowlands is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 134 at the 2010 census.

Saint Louis County Highway 133 (CR 133), County 5 (CR 5), and County 29 (CR 29) are three of the main routes in Meadowlands.


Meadowlands, as its name would suggest, is one of the few areas of arable land in Saint Louis County. While Meadowlands prospered and grew due to the support it provided to the region's farms, the steady decline in those same farms (and the large families they supported) during the mid-late 1980s and early 1990s heralded the beginning of the town's gradual decline.

During its heyday, Meadowlands was home to a number of businesses including a Ford dealership (which also carried New Holland farm machinery), a bank, a farmer's cooperative store, a grocery store, a commercial laundry, a cheese factory, various restaurants, a movie theater and the Toivola–Meadowlands School, a K–12 institution. However, the loss of the large farm families gradually reduced the student population until Independent School District 710 chose to close the school. An attempt was made to covert T–M into a "Charter School", but it ultimately proved unsuccessful. Before closing, the school sent its 9-man football team to the Minnesota State Finals twice in the 1980s.

Currently it possesses only a single bar/grill establishment, and four places of worship.

The retail and service related facilities have seen a slight increase in business due to the recent expansion of tourism related to bird-watching. The rivers, lakes, fields and arboreal bog areas around Meadowlands offer visitors the opportunity to view species ranging from small song birds, such as the waxwing, to Bald Eagles.

Also winter brings with it increased snowmobile traffic, as a former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad line runs along the eastern edge of the town. Now converted to an ATV–snowmobile trail, this former rail line runs from Alborn in the south, north to Pengilly on the Iron Range.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 121
1940 142 17.4%
1950 134 −5.6%
1960 176 31.3%
1970 128 −27.3%
1980 135 5.5%
1990 92 −31.9%
2000 111 20.7%
2010 134 20.7%
2019 (est.) 127 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 134 people, 67 households, and 33 families living in the city. The population density was 343.6 inhabitants per square mile (132.7/km2). There were 78 housing units at an average density of 200.0 per square mile (77.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 3.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, and 1.5% from two or more races.

There were 67 households, of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.9% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.7% were non-families. 50.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 32.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 47 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 26.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 43.3% male and 56.7% female.

Arts and culture

The annual Sax–Zim Winter Birding Festival is held near Meadowlands in February. The event is organized for birdwatching. The nearby "Sax –Zim Bog" is home to one of the world's best birdwatching places. It was named for the two nearby communities of Sax and Zim. Every February, the habitat hosts a three-day festival for birdwatchers.

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