Hill City, Minnesota

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Hill City is a city in Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 479 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 200 are two of the main arterial routes in the community.



Hill City is situated on the shores of Hill Lake, a glacial formation roughly two miles long and an average of .25 miles wide. At the southern end of the lake there is a large hill, called Quadna Mountain locally, presumably formed at the same time as the lake. This 'mountain' is Hill City's namesake. The town's only two industries are Lemco, which manufactures hydraulic knuckle boom loaders, and Roll-In Docks, which manufactures docks and pontoon boats. The town and surrounding area is also home to an ATV dealership, two restaurants, three bars, two liquor stores, a K-12 school, two gas stations and several parks, one of which offers camping.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (18.18%) is water.

Major Attractions

  • Quadna Mountain is located just south of the city. Its attractions include a golf course, a weight room, and townhouses that resemble the city from about 70 years ago.
  • Hill Lake is located to the east of the city. It is a common site for fishing, boating, and swimming. The beach on the city side of the lake has a playground and a campsite.
  • The Fourth of July Celebration is the biggest week in Hill City. A flea market is located across the street from Roadside Market, in a park. Approximately 1500 people vacation in Hill City just for the 4th of July Parade and later events which include street races, egg tosses, pie-eating contests, turtle races, a sawdust pile for the kids, multiple hot dog and beer carts, a street dance, and fireworks. In 2008, Hill City celebrated its 100th Fourth of July Celebration.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 479 people, 213 households, and 120 families residing in the city. The population density was 441.1 people per square mile (169.7/km²). There were 391 housing units at an average density of 360.1/sq mi (138.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.49% White, 1.88% Native American, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population. 29.1% were of German, 15.7% Norwegian, 8.8% Irish, 5.9% Finnish and 5.2% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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