Harris, Minnesota

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Harris is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,121 at the 2000 census. It was named after Philip S. Harris, an officer of the St. Paul – Duluth Railroad Company.

Interstate 35 serves as a main arterial route for the community.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.9 square miles (51.4 km²), of which, 19.8 square miles (51.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.40%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,121 people, 377 households, and 286 families residing in the city. The population density was 56.7 people per square mile (21.9/km²). There were 393 housing units at an average density of 19.9/sq mi (7.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.77% White, 0.36% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

There were 377 households out of which 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 114.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,545, and the median income for a family was $51,719. Males had a median income of $37,917 versus $25,703 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,258. About 1.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.


Timeline of events contributing to the establishment of present-day Harris.

  • 1783 – Britain ceded the area to the United States.
  • 1787 – Northwest Territory created, including area to become Harris.
  • 1789 – Northwest Territory affirmed.
  • 1836 – Wisconsin Territory established, including area to become Harris.
  • 1849 – Minnesota Territory established, including area to become Harris.
  • 1851 – Chisago County created as the fifth Minnesota County.
  • 1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state.
  • 1858 – Sunrise Township established including all of today’s Sunrise Township, Harris, Fish Lake, Branch City and North Branch.[3]
  • 1870 – Railroad completed between St. Paul and Duluth.[4]
  • 1874 – Post Office established.
  • 1882 – Charter organized Harris village.
  • 1884 – Town of Harris organized.
  • 1904 – Harris starch factory built.
  • 1949 – Stark Field donated.
  • 1950 – Harris Volunteer Fire Department established.
  • 1969 – Interstate 35 opened from Lino Lakes to Rock Creek with an exit at Harris.

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