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The Mille Lacs County Courthouse in Milaca
Location of Milacawithin Mille Lacs County and state of Minnesota
Location of Milaca
within Mille Lacs County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Mille Lacs
 • Total 3.54 sq mi (9.17 km2)
 • Land 3.33 sq mi (8.63 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
1,079 ft (329 m)
 • Total 2,946
 • Estimate 
 • Density 879.09/sq mi (339.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-42110
GNIS feature ID 0647836

Milaca ( mi-LAK) is a city in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,946 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mille Lacs County and is situated on the Rum River.


A post office has been in operation at Milaca since 1883. Milaca is a truncated form of Mille Lacs Lake.


Milaca-Rum River 2
The Rum River flows on the west side of Milaca.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.41 square miles (8.83 km2), of which 3.21 square miles (8.31 km2) is land and 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2) is water.

U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota Highway 23 are two of the main routes in the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 404
1900 1,204 198.0%
1910 1,102 −8.5%
1920 1,347 22.2%
1930 1,318 −2.2%
1940 1,627 23.4%
1950 1,917 17.8%
1960 1,821 −5.0%
1970 1,940 6.5%
1980 2,104 8.5%
1990 2,182 3.7%
2000 2,580 18.2%
2010 2,946 14.2%
2019 (est.) 2,930 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,946 people, 1,308 households, and 691 families living in the city. The population density was 917.8 inhabitants per square mile (354.4/km2). There were 1,449 housing units at an average density of 451.4 per square mile (174.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.4% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 1,308 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.2% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 23.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


Milaca Public Schools is composed of Milaca Elementary and Milaca High School. The elementary and secondary schools are connected to form one school toward the west of the city, along Highway 23 and the Rum River. There are approximately 1,900 students Pre-K through 12th grade, and around 130 teachers. The high school has a science and research forest. There are 11 varsity sports and reputable music and arts programs. The Star Tribune ranked the music program best in the state. Each summer the marching band receives very high rankings for their performances. The teams are the Milaca Wolves. There is also special education, community education, an Area Learning Center (ALC), and gifted education programming. Milaca also hosts the world's largest high school cross-country meet, The Milaca Mega-Meet.


The Milaca School District has an alternative high school that is separate from the main high school. The Milaca ALC (Area Learning Center) aims to educate students who need to repeat classes or have other life challenges and require a different education style and format. The ALC enrolls approximately 40 to 50 students ages 16–19, with four fully licensed high school teachers. Students can earn .5 credits per class in one quarter, as opposed to .5 credits per class in one semester at the high school. Classes are longer: an hour and a half for day classes and two hours for after-school classes. Several required courses can be completed as an independent study under the guidance and direction of the classroom teacher. The ALC offers no extracurricular activities, but students can participate in extra courses and activities at the main high school. While the majority of Milaca ALC students live within the Milaca School District, students from outside the district can enroll and earn credits for graduation. The ALC is many students' last chance to earn a high school diploma.



Milaca is served by the Milaca Municipal Airport.

Major highways

The following routes pass through Milaca:

  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23

See also

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