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City of Staples
Combined city hall and public library
Combined city hall and public library
Location of Staples, Minnesota
Location of Staples, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Todd, Wadena
 • Total 4.77 sq mi (12.34 km2)
 • Land 4.76 sq mi (12.33 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,280 ft (390 m)
 • Total 2,981
 • Estimate 
 • Density 630.12/sq mi (243.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-62446
GNIS feature ID 0652547
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Staples is a city in Todd and Wadena counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,989 at the 2020 census.


Staples developed around a sawmill. The settlement was originally called Staples Mill, and under the latter name was platted in 1889, and named for Samuel and Isaac Staples, businessmen in the lumber industry.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.68 square miles (12.12 km2); 4.67 square miles (12.10 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highway 210 are two of the main routes in the city. The Empire Builder, an Amtrak route connecting Chicago, Illinois with Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, stops at the train station in Staples.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 585
1900 1,504 157.1%
1910 2,558 70.1%
1920 2,570 0.5%
1930 2,667 3.8%
1940 2,952 10.7%
1950 2,782 −5.8%
1960 2,706 −2.7%
1970 2,755 1.8%
1980 2,887 4.8%
1990 2,754 −4.6%
2000 3,104 12.7%
2010 2,981 −4.0%
2019 (est.) 3,000 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Staples MN Downtown
Downtown Staples

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,981 people, 1,222 households, and 696 families living in the city. The population density was 638.3 inhabitants per square mile (246.4/km2). There were 1,469 housing units at an average density of 314.6 per square mile (121.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 1,222 households, of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 38.8 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.


The Amtrak station sees more than 5,000 riders a year get on or off the daily Empire Builder service. The west bound train from Chicago and St Paul arrives an hour or two after midnight, heading toward Fargo and Seattle/Portland. East bound Empire Builders from Fargo arrive about 4 a.m. heading toward a daylight arrival in St Paul and an afternoon arrival in Chicago.

There is also a municipal airport.

Notable people

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