Clay County, Minnesota
|Clay County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 8, 1862|
|Named for||Henry Clay|
|• Total||1,052.74 sq mi (2,727 km2)|
|• Land||1,045.24 sq mi (2,707 km2)|
|• Water||7.49 sq mi (19 km2), 0.71%|
|• Density||49/sq mi (19/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. In 2013, the population was estimated at 60,661. Its county seat is Moorhead. Its name is in honor of American statesman Henry Clay, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. It was originally called Breckenridge County, but changed to its current name in 1862.
Clay County is part of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Geography and native vegetation
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,052.74 square miles (2,726.6 km2), of which 1,045.24 square miles (2,707.2 km2) (or 99.29%) is land and 7.49 square miles (19.4 km2) (or 0.71%) is water. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows 23 % savanna soils, 71 % prairie soils and the remaining acreage in water, wet soils and gravel pits.
|Cass County, North Dakota||Becker County|
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Law and government
Clay County is governed by a board of five commissioners.
- Wayne Ingersol (Moorhead) 1st District
- Jerry Waller (Dilworth) 2nd District
- Jon Evert (Comstock) 3rd District (chair)
- Kevin Campbell (Moorhead) 4th District
- Mike McCarthy (Moorhead) 5th District
As of the census of 2000, there were 51,229 people, 18,670 households, and 12,340 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 19,746 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.99% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 1.44% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 3.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.4% were of Norwegian and 26.8% German ancestry.
There were 18,670 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 17.10% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 19.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,889, and the median income for a family was $49,192. Males had a median income of $34,176 versus $23,149 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,557. About 7.40% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 7.50% 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 Moorhead have ranged from a low of 0 °F (−18 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −48 °F (−44 °C) was recorded in January 1887 and a record high of 114 °F (46 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in February to 3.90 inches (99 mm) in June.
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