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Welcome to Wadena ...

The city of Wadena is primarily located in Wadena County and is the County Seat for Wadena County. A portion of Wadena extends into Otter Tail County.

The location of Wadena has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

The pronunciation of Wadena: wah-DEEN-uh<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Wadena has a population of 4,094 people<3> (see below for details).

Wadena is 1,340 feet [408 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Wadena: (218)

The ZIP code for Wadena: 56482<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wadena had a population of 4,088 people (or 29.53% of the total population of Wadena County). This makes Wadena the county's most populous community.

The population of Wadena represents 0.08% of the population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 165th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,088 people, the population of Wadena decreased 4.8% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,294 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Wadena had an population of 4,094 people. This is an increase of 0.15% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 4.66% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities Also Named Wadena ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Wadena - they are located in Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma and Saskatchewan.

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

Websites for Wadena ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wadena. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wadena. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wadena. Our list includes 13 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Wadena:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wadena ...

Looking for more information about Wadena? 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 Wadena, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wadena.

Communities near Wadena ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Staples   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the East (E) of Wadena

Located in Todd County

New York Mills   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Wadena

Located in Otter Tail County

Henning   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Wadena

Located in Otter Tail County

Sebeka   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) of Wadena

Verndale   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Wadena

Eagle Bend   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Wadena

Located in Todd County

Bertha   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) of Wadena

Located in Todd County

Deer Creek   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Wadena

Located in Otter Tail County

Hewitt   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) of Wadena

Located in Todd County

Bluffton   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) of Wadena

Located in Otter Tail County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Wadena.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Minnesota

About Wadena County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wadena:

The official website for Wadena County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Wadena. 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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wadena.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wadena - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>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 Wadena). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Wadena or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wadena) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wadena. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wadena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wadena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4451, Longitude: -95.1281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wadena have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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