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Richmond's Water Tower, City Library, City Hall and Fire Station
Richmond's Water Tower, City Library, City Hall and Fire Station
"On The Horseshoe Chain Of Lakes"
Location of Richmondwithin Stearns County, Minnesota
Location of Richmond
within Stearns County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns
 • Total 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Land 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,122 ft (342 m)
 • Total 1,422
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,237.37/sq mi (477.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-54268
GNIS feature ID 650067

Richmond is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,422 at the 2010 census. Richmond is part of the St. Cloud, Minnesota metropolitan area.


Richmond was platted in 1856 by Reuben Richardson.

Geography and transportation

City of Richmond, Minnesota - Water Tower (29152123210)
Richmond's eastern end, featuring a water tower with the town's motto

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2); 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Richmond serves as the northern terminus for State Highway 22, with the route ending when it connects with State Highway 23. Richmond is located about 15 miles west of Interstate 94 following State Highway 23. Glacial Lakes State Trail also runs through Richmond and connects it through different towns all the way to Willmar.

The town's nickname, "On the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes", is a nod to a geographical feature of the town. The town is home to a group of over a dozen lakes along the Sauk River, with the largest being Horseshoe Lake, hence the name "Horseshoe Chain of Lakes".

Richmond is located in an area with many outcrops of granite. The area is known as "Granite Country", as the material has been mined there for over 100 years and is home to around twenty different quarries.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 600
1910 563 −6.2%
1920 651 15.6%
1930 603 −7.4%
1940 634 5.1%
1950 700 10.4%
1960 751 7.3%
1970 866 15.3%
1980 867 0.1%
1990 965 11.3%
2000 1,213 25.7%
2010 1,422 17.2%
2019 (est.) 1,470 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,422 people, 583 households, and 392 families living in the city. The population density was 1,380.6 inhabitants per square mile (533.1/km2). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 608.7 per square mile (235.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 1,903 households, of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

Notable people

  • Joseph Gimse, politician; former member of the Minnesota Senate
  • Bernard Brinkman, politician; former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives

See also

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