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Welcome to Rothsay ...

The city of Rothsay is primarily located in Otter Tail County<1>. A portion of Rothsay extends into Wilkin County.

The location of Rothsay has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Rothsay: RAHTH-say<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Rothsay has a population of 475 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Rothsay.

Rothsay is 1,190 feet [363 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Rothsay lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Rothsay: (218)

The ZIP code for Rothsay: 56579<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Rothsay had an population of 475 people. This is a decrease of 3.65% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 4.43% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Rothsay had a population of 493 people. This makes Rothsay the county's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 493 people, the population of Rothsay has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 497 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Rothsay.

Communities Also Named Rothsay ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Minnesota communities named Rothsay: This one is located in Otter Tail County and the other is located in Wilkin County.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Rothsay.

Communities near Rothsay ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Rothsay.

  • Fergus Falls (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
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    • Fergus Falls lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Rothsay and is located in Otter Tail County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,758 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fergus Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fergus Falls<8>
  • Pelican Rapids (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelican Rapids
    • Pelican Rapids lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Rothsay and is located in Otter Tail County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,634 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelican Rapids
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pelican Rapids<8>
  • Barnesville (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
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    • Barnesville lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northwest of Rothsay and is located in Clay County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,622 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barnesville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Barnesville<8>
  • Elizabeth (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
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    • Elizabeth lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the southeast of Rothsay and is located in Otter Tail County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 170 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabeth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elizabeth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elizabeth<8>
  • Erhard (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
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    • Erhard lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the east of Rothsay and is located in Otter Tail County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 145 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Erhard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erhard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Erhard<8>
  • Foxhome (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
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    • Foxhome lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the south of Rothsay and is located in Wilkin County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 112 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Foxhome have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Foxhome
  • Kent (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
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    • Kent lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the west of Rothsay and is located in Wilkin County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 72 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent
  • Lawndale (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawndale
    • Lawndale lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Rothsay and is located in Wilkin County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lawndale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lawndale
  • Edwards (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edwards
    • Edwards lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the east of Rothsay and is located in Otter Tail County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edwards
  • Baker (20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baker
    • Baker lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<7> to the northwest of Rothsay and is located in Clay County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baker

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Rothsay. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Rothsay.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Rothsay. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Rothsay.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Rothsay. See our Newspapers Page for Rothsay.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Rothsay ...

Looking for more information about Rothsay? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Rothsay, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Rothsay.

Adding Rothsay to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Rothsay in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Rothsay was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Rothsay on our Genealogy Page.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rothsay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Otter Tail County: www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Minnesota's counties, including Otter Tail, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Rothsay. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Rothsay.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rothsay - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Rothsay). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Rothsay or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rothsay) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rothsay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RothsayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rothsay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4717, Longitude: -96.2912       In this case, the coordinates for Rothsay have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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