Barnesville water tower
Location of Barnesville
within Clay County and state of Minnesota
|• Total||2.22 sq mi (5.75 km2)|
|• Land||2.20 sq mi (5.70 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||1,024 ft (312 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||2,570|
|• Density||1,165.0/sq mi (449.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0639637|
Barnesville is a city in Clay County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,563 at the 2010 census. It is considered a bedroom community to the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Barnesville Potato Days is held there annually in August.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,563 people, 1,013 households, and 696 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,165.0 inhabitants per square mile (449.8/km2). There were 1,095 housing units at an average density of 497.7 per square mile (192.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 1,013 households of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.5% 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 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.
The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 29.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,173 people, 865 households, and 569 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,032.8 people per square mile (399.5/km²). There were 923 housing units at an average density of 438.7 per square mile (169.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.40% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.
There were 865 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,814, and the median income for a family was $44,760. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $22,311 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,373. About 3.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.
Barnesville Potato Days is held each year during the end of August, and draws approximately 14,000 people each year.
This top potato-growing region, the Red River Valley, touts its taters at potato-peeling and picking contests and food booths serving potato pancakes, dumplings and sausage. The festival also includes a parade, car show, and street dances. Of the many events, mashed potato wrestling is the best known and most respected. Aaron Horn holds the trophy for grand champion potato wrestler six years in a row. A monument will be erected in his honor during the summer of 2015. w
Barnesville also hosts the Clay County Fair in mid-July. The fair features rides, 4-H displays and other local attractions.
Barnesville is the center of I.S.D. 146. Atkinson Elementary is for students grades K–6; Barnesville High is grades 7–12. There are about 820 students in the school system, with roughly 370 students enrolled in the high school, and around 450 in the elementary. Famous alumni include Brady Solum, noted country music celeb and wealthiest man in the state. The superintendent is Scott Loeslie. Barnesville's mascots are the lady Trojans and Trojans.
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- (Barnesville Potato Days Festival
- (Clay County Fair website --Link)