Beltrami County, Minnesota
|Beltrami County, Minnesota|
Bemidji County Courthouse
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 28, 1866|
|Named for||Giacomo Constantino Beltrami|
|• Total||3,055.59 sq mi (7,914 km2)|
|• Land||2,505.27 sq mi (6,489 km2)|
|• Water||550.32 sq mi (1,425 km2), 18.01%|
|• Density||16/sq mi (6/km²)|
|Congressional districts||7th, 8th|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Beltrami County (// bel-TRAM-ee) is a county located in the northern part of the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,442. Its county seat is Bemidji. The county's name comes from the Italian count Giacomo Beltrami, who supposedly explored the area in 1825.
Portions of the Leech Lake and Red Lake Indian reservations are in the county. The northernmost portion of the Mississippi River flows through the southern part of the county, through the city of Bemidji. Beltrami County borders a total of nine counties, more than any other county in Minnesota, except for Renville County, which also borders nine counties.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,055.59 square miles (7,913.9 km2), of which 2,505.27 square miles (6,488.6 km2) (or 81.99%) is land and 550.32 square miles (1,425.3 km2) (or 18.01%) is water.
- Lake of the Woods County (north)
- Koochiching County (northeast)
- Itasca County (east)
- Cass County (southeast)
- Hubbard County (south)
- Clearwater County (southwest)
- Pennington County (west)
- Marshall County (west)
- Roseau County (northwest)
||Roseau County||Lake of the Woods County||Koochiching County|
|Pennington County and Marshall County||Itasca County|
|Clearwater County||Hubbard County||Cass County|
National protected area
- Chippewa National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 39,650 people, 14,337 households, and 9,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 16,989 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.66% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 20.36% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.6% were of German, 19.7% Norwegian and 5.6% Swedish ancestry. 95.1% spoke English and 2.4% Ojibwa as their first language.
There were 14,337 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.30% were married couples living together, 13.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 13.90% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,392, and the median income for a family was $40,345. Males had a median income of $30,434 versus $22,045 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,497. About 12.90% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bemidji have ranged from a low of −4 °F (−20 °C) in January to a high of 79 °F (26 °C) in July, although a record low of −50 °F (−46 °C) was recorded in January 1950 and a record high of 101 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1975. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.59 inches (15 mm) in February to 4.33 inches (110 mm) in July.
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