Mora, Minnesota

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Mora is a city in and the county seat of Kanabec County in the central part of the U.S. state of Minnesota.[3] It is located at the junction of Minnesota State Highways 23 and 65. The population was 3,193 at the 2000 census.



The town got its name in 1882 from Israel Israelsson who together with his family had migrated in 1871. The name was suggested by Israel Israelson for his home town in Dalarna, Sweden. It was first platted on May 19, 1882, incorporated as a village in March 1891, and was designated a city by state statute in 1973.

Mora is the home of a gigantic Dala horse, and a Mora clock commemorating the town's Swedish roots. Mora's sister city and namesake is Mora, Sweden, known for being the ending point of the Swedish Vasaloppet. They became sister cities in 1972.

The city of Mora also plays host each February to the Mora Vasaloppet, the largest ski race in Minnesota, as well as the Snake River Canoe Race, the Mora Half-Marathon, and the Mora Bicycle Tour.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 3.77% water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,139 people, 1,381 households, and 814 families residing in the city. The population density in the year 2000 was 781.2/sq mi (301.4/km²). There were 1,471 housing units at an average density of 359.9/sq mi (138.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.71% White, 0.28% African American, 1.28% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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