Chippewa County, Minnesota
|Chippewa County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1862 |
|Named for||Chippewa Indians, Chippewa River|
587.83 sq mi (1,522 km²)
582.80 sq mi (1,509 km²)
5.02 sq mi (13 km²), 0.85%
22/sq mi (9/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 587.83 square miles (1,522.5 km2), of which 582.80 square miles (1,509.4 km2) (or 99.14%) is land and 5.02 square miles (13.0 km2) (or 0.85%) is water.
- Carlton Lake: in Sparta Township
- Norboro Lake: in Stoneham Township
- Shakopee Lake: in Grace Township
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
- Swift County (north)
- Kandiyohi County (northeast)
- Renville County (southeast)
- Yellow Medicine County (southwest)
- Lac qui Parle County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,088 people, 5,361 households, and 3,597 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,855 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.78% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.8% were of Norwegian and 36.8% German ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 5,361 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,582, and the median income for a family was $45,160. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $20,384 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,039. About 4.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
† Only a part of Granite Falls extends into Chippewa County; most of it is in Yellow Medicine County.
Climate and weather 
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Montevideo have ranged from a low of 2 °F (−17 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −37 °F (−38 °C) was recorded in January 1970 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.86 inches (22 mm) in December to 4.24 inches (108 mm) in June.
See also 
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Monthly Averages for Montevideo, Minnesota". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
||Swift County||Kandiyohi County|
|Lac qui Parle County|
|Yellow Medicine County||Renville County|