Carver County, Minnesota

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Carver County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Carver County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855[1]
Named for Jonathan Carver
Seat Chaska
Largest city Chaska
Area
 • Total 376.15 sq mi (974 km2)
 • Land 357.04 sq mi (925 km2)
 • Water 19.11 sq mi (49 km2), 5.08%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 93,707
 • Density 197/sq mi (76/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.carver.mn.us

Carver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 91,042.[2] Its county seat is Chaska.[3] Carver County is named after the explorer Jonathan Carver, who in 1766-67, traveled from Boston to the Minnesota River, and wintered among the Sioux near the site of New Ulm.[4]

Carver County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 376.15 square miles (974.2 km2), of which 357.04 square miles (924.7 km2) (or 94.92%) is land and 19.11 square miles (49.5 km2) (or 5.08%) is water.[5] Carver is one of seven southern Minnesota counties with no forest soils; only prairie ecosystems of savannas and prairies can be found in Carver County. It is also one of 17 Minnesota counties where savanna soils dominate. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Carver County MN Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[6]

Lakes[edit]

Lake Waconia.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,106
1870 11,586 126.9%
1880 14,140 22.0%
1890 16,532 16.9%
1900 17,544 6.1%
1910 17,455 −0.5%
1920 16,946 −2.9%
1930 16,936 −0.1%
1940 17,606 4.0%
1950 18,155 3.1%
1960 21,358 17.6%
1970 28,331 32.6%
1980 37,046 30.8%
1990 47,915 29.3%
2000 70,205 46.5%
2010 91,042 29.7%
Est. 2012 93,707 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 70,205 people, 24,356 households, and 18,778 families residing in the county. The population density was 197 people per square mile (76/km²). There were 24,883 housing units at an average density of 70 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.95% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 2.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.3% were of German, 12.1% Norwegian, 7.1% Irish and 6.2% Swedish ancestry.

There were 24,356 households out of which 45.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.90% were non-families. 18.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.50% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 34.70% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $65,540, and the median income for a family was $73,577 (these figures had risen to $78,035 and $89,100 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $47,271 versus $32,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,486. About 2.30% of families and 3.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.60% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities Ghost towns

Notable residents[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Chaska, Minnesota
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[8]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Chaska have ranged from a low of 4 °F (−16 °C) in January to a high of 81 °F (27 °C) in July, although a record low of −41 °F (−41 °C) was recorded in January 1970 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.66 inches (17 mm) in February to 5.05 inches (128 mm) in August.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 49 - 52. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Chaska, Minnesota". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°49′N 93°48′W / 44.82°N 93.80°W / 44.82; -93.80