Do You Know The Smallest Towns In Minnesota?
Did you know that Minnesota has over 800 towns?
I know crazy right? I would have never guessed that. Every time I drive down to Iowa I always pass through so many little Minnesota towns and it always has me thinking: what are the smallest towns in Minnesota, and how many people live there?
If you have ever wondered the same thing well here is the answer for you. According to the 2021 United States Census Bureau here are the 10 smallest towns in Minnesota.
Top 10 Smallest Towns in Minnesota:
Near the South Dakota border sits Marietta, MN, which falls at the 10th smallest MN town with a population of 118. According to onlyinyourstate.com, this western Minnesota town is home to Minnesota's own Salt Lake, one of the most unique lakes in Minnesota.
In southeast Minnesota, alongside the Root River Trail System and the beautiful Root River, Whalan offers a wealth of cultural, year-round recreational, and sporting opportunities. Whalen has a whopping population of 67.
Vining: where you will find a bare foot weighing 1,200 lbs. and standing 12 feet tall, a giant metal coffee cup supported by a stream of pouring coffee, an enormous square knot, a larger-than-life-sized watermelon slice, and other huge roadside figures. Noted by the town’s website, It’s an outdoor gallery of mammoth metal sculptures along the streets of Vining, created by Ken Nyberg. The population consists of 59 people including NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.
located in Southwest Minnesota on the eastern side of Murray County, Dovray’s population consist of 57 people. Don’t worry though, Dovray has numerous wildlife areas where you can go hunting, fishing, boating, or just enjoy the outdoors.
Despite having a total area of 0.26 square miles, Gully has a population of 55.
#5: Hazel Run
bearing the name of its creek, tributary to the Minnesota River, Hazel Run has a total population of 53 according to the 2021 census.
If you are looking for a town hidden within a forest, this is it! McGrath is a tiny town in rural Minnesota surrounded by an amazing forest with a population of 41. They also have cabins to rent so you can disconnect from media and reconnect with nature!
This cute town with a population of 32 and a total area of .30 square miles is said that one of its founders, Ole Thompson, who owned the land of the townsite, named it for his father, Louis Thompson.
Johnson Minnesota has a population of 25 currently and is about .30 square miles. But in 1903 when it was incorporated into a village, Johnson had a “bank, a cream station, several stores, a hotel, a school, a lumber company, a livery stable, three grain elevators, and a blacksmith, and a station of the Great Northern Railway.”
Coming in at #1, Minnesota's smallest city is Funkley in scenic Northern Minnesota, with a grand population of 12! Yes, you read that right, twelve! Don’t worry, aside from its small population, Funkley is known for having an amazing bar!
All information is inspired by the article from onlyinyourstate.com. information is also credited to ottertaillakescountry.com, Airbnb.com, and lakesnwoods.com.
Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota
- A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.
- You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.
- The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.
- Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.
- Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panel on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.
- Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own.