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Starbuck, Minnesota
Starbuck, Minnesota
Location of Starbuck, Minnesota
Location of Starbuck, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pope
 • Total 1.48 sq mi (3.83 km2)
 • Land 1.48 sq mi (3.83 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,171 ft (357 m)
 • Total 1,302
 • Estimate 
 • Density 858.69/sq mi (331.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-62500
GNIS feature ID 0652561

Starbuck is a city in Pope County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,302 at the 2010 census. The city is on the western shore of Lake Minnewaska.


Minnesota State Highways 28, 29, and 114 are three of the main routes in the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.57 square miles (4.07 km2), all of it land.


Starbuck Depot
The 1882 Little Falls and Dakota Depot is now used as a museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Starbuck was platted in the spring of 1882, is a village of the Northern Pacific railway, adjoining the western end of Lake Minnewaska. The growth and settlement of Pope County were greatly retarded for many years by the lack of railway and shipping facilities, which obliged the settlers to go long distances, into adjoining counties, to market their products.

Reportedly the town was named after Stabekk in Bærum in Akershus county, Norway. However, according to Geographical Names of Manitoba, the village of Starbuck in that Canadian province is thought to have been named after the town in Minnesota by a contractor working for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. It states that Starbuck, Minnesota, was named after William H. Starbuck of New York and who financed the Little Falls and Dakota Railroad.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 224
1900 469 109.4%
1910 497 6.0%
1920 824 65.8%
1930 781 −5.2%
1940 972 24.5%
1950 1,143 17.6%
1960 1,099 −3.8%
1970 1,138 3.5%
1980 1,224 7.6%
1990 1,143 −6.6%
2000 1,314 15.0%
2010 1,302 −0.9%
2019 (est.) 1,270 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,302 people, 576 households, and 328 families living in the city. The population density was 829.3 inhabitants per square mile (320.2/km2). There were 671 housing units at an average density of 427.4 per square mile (165.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 576 households, of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the city was 45.8 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 25.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

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