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Winsted, Minnesota

Coordinates: 44°57′27″N 94°02′59″W / 44.95750°N 94.04972°W / 44.95750; -94.04972
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Winsted, Minnesota
The new Winsted City Hall
The new Winsted City Hall
Flag of Winsted, Minnesota
Location in McLeod County and the state of Minnesota
Location in McLeod County and the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°57′27″N 94°02′59″W / 44.95750°N 94.04972°W / 44.95750; -94.04972
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.91 sq mi (4.94 km2)
 • Land1.89 sq mi (4.90 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation1,011 ft (308 m)
 • Total2,240
 • Density1,183.93/sq mi (457.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code320
FIPS code27-71086[1]
GNIS feature ID2397351[2]

Winsted is a city in McLeod County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,240 at the 2020 census.[3]


A post office called Winsted has been in operation since 1858.[4] The city was named after Winsted, Connecticut.[5] The name "Winsted" is a portmanteau created from the names of two towns, Winchester and Barkhamsted, located in Litchfield County, Connecticut.[6] The Electric Short Line (commonly referred to as the Luce Line) provided freight and interurban passenger rail service to Winsted. Passenger service ended by the 1950s, and the tracks were abandoned by the Chicago & North Western Railway in 1972.

Water tower


Winsted is in the northeast corner of McLeod County on the west shore of Winsted Lake. It is 18 miles (29 km) north-northeast of Glencoe, the county seat, 26 miles (42 km) east-northeast of Hutchinson, and 7 miles (11 km) south of Howard Lake in Wright County. McLeod County Roads 1, 5, 6, and 9 are the main routes in the community.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.91 square miles (4.95 km2), of which 0.015 square miles (0.039 km2), or 0.79%, are water.[1]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census[edit]

The Old City Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 2,355 people, 947 households, and 596 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,233.0 inhabitants per square mile (476.1/km2). There were 1,017 housing units at an average density of 532.5 per square mile (205.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 947 households, of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Compared with the 2000 census, the 2010 census showed an increase of 261 individuals, and a .92% increase in diversity.


Winsted has both a winter and summer town festival. The Winsted Winter Festival features a lighted parade as well as various other activities. The Winsted Summer Festival features a parade, street dance, a sand volleyball tournament, the crowning of Miss Winsted, and various other activities. Winsted is also home to Winstock Country Music Festival. The proceeds from the music festival support the Holy Trinity Catholic school system.

In 2017, a new annual event came to Winsted that takes place on the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds called the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza. The Land Castle Summer Extravaganza[9] is the largest ice fishing event of the summer. This event features ice fish house camping, music, vendors, information seminars, food, and more. This event is advertised as family friendly.


There are two school systems in Winsted. The Howard Lake–Waverly–Winsted school district [10] is the public school system which operates Winsted Elementary. The Catholic school system is made up of Holy Trinity High School, Holy Trinity Elementary School, and Tiny Trojans pre-school.[11]

The Winsted Public Library is part of the Pioneerland Library System.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "2023 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Minnesota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Winsted, Minnesota
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Winsted city, Minnesota: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  4. ^ "McLeod County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 318.
  6. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Winsted" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 733–734.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  9. ^ "Land Castle Summer Extravaganza". Land Castle Main Page. Retrieved March 24, 2023.
  10. ^ "HLWW Public Schools". www.hlww.k12.mn.us.
  11. ^ "Holy Trinity School - Winsted, MN".
  12. ^ PLS Home Page.

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