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Union Street in downtown Mora in May 2007
Union Street in downtown Mora in May 2007
"A City For All Seasons"
Location of Morawithin Kanabec County and state of Minnesota
Location of Mora
within Kanabec County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Kanabec
Named for Mora, Sweden
 • Total 5.44 sq mi (14.08 km2)
 • Land 5.18 sq mi (13.41 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
1,010 ft (308 m)
 • Total 3,571
 • Estimate 
 • Density 686.23/sq mi (264.97/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-44044
GNIS feature ID 0648098

Mora is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Kanabec County. It is located at the junction of Minnesota highways 23 and 65. The population was 3,571 at the 2010 census.


Mora was platted in 1882. The city was named after Mora, Sweden. A post office has been in operation at Mora since 1883.


Kanabec County Courthouse
The Kanabec County Courthouse in 2007

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.27 square miles (13.65 km2), of which 5.00 square miles (12.95 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is water.

Mora is located 72 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul at the intersection of Minnesota Highways 23 and 65. It is also 52 miles northeast of St. Cloud and 91 miles southwest of Duluth. Mora is the crossroads of east–central Minnesota.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 785
1910 892 13.6%
1920 1,006 12.8%
1930 1,014 0.8%
1940 1,494 47.3%
1950 2,018 35.1%
1960 2,329 15.4%
1970 2,582 10.9%
1980 2,890 11.9%
1990 2,905 0.5%
2000 3,139 8.1%
2010 3,571 13.8%
2019 (est.) 3,554 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,571 people, 1,513 households, and 857 families living in the city. The population density was 714.2 inhabitants per square mile (275.8/km2). There were 1,684 housing units at an average density of 336.8 per square mile (130.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 1,513 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Arts and culture

Dala horse-Mora, Minnesota-20070929
Mora's Dalecarlian horse emulates the large Swedish horse

Mora is the home of a gigantic Dala horse, and a Mora clock commemorating the town's Swedish roots. Mora's sister city and namesake is Mora, Sweden, known for being the ending point of the Swedish Vasaloppet. They became sister cities in 1972.

The city of Mora also plays host each February to the Vasaloppet USA, the largest cross-country skiing event in Minnesota, as well as the Snake River Canoe Race, the Mora Half-Marathon, and the Mora Bicycle Tour.



Mora is served by the Mora Municipal Airport.

Major highways

The following routes are located within the city of Mora.

  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-65.svg Minnesota State Highway 65

The following county roads also serve as important routes in the city of Mora.

  • Kanabec County 1 MN.svg Kanabec County Road 1
  • Kanabec County 6 MN.svg Kanabec County Road 6
  • Kanabec County 27 MN.svg Kanabec County Road 27

Notable people

  • Roger Crawford, state representative
  • Bill Diessner, state senator and physician
  • Alice Frost, actress
  • Henry Rines, Minnesota state treasurer and speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Judy Soderstrom, state representative and businesswoman

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