Barnesville is a city in Clay County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,563 at the 2010 census. Barnesville Potato Days is held there annually in August. Interstate 94/U.S. Highway 52 and Minnesota State Highways 9, and 34 are four of the main routes in the city. Barnesville was founded in 1874 by George S. Barnes, and named for him. A post office called Barnesville has been in operation since 1877. Barnesville was incorporated as a city in 1889.As of the census of 2010, there were 2,563 people, 1,013 households, and 696 families living 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.
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