Clearwater County, Minnesota

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Clearwater County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Clearwater County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1902[1]
Named for Clearwater Lake and Clearwater River
Seat Bagley
Largest city Bagley
Area
 • Total 1,029.79 sq mi (2,667 km2)
 • Land 994.71 sq mi (2,576 km2)
 • Water 35.08 sq mi (91 km2), 3.41%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 8,703
 • Density 8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.clearwater.mn.us

Clearwater County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,695.[2] Its county seat is Bagley.[3]

Clearwater County is home to Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River. Portions of the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations extend into the county.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,029.79 square miles (2,667.1 km2), of which 994.71 square miles (2,576.3 km2) (or 96.59%) is land and 35.08 square miles (90.9 km2) (or 3.41%) is water.[4] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Clearwater Co Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 6,870
1920 8,569 24.7%
1930 9,546 11.4%
1940 11,153 16.8%
1950 10,204 −8.5%
1960 8,864 −13.1%
1970 8,013 −9.6%
1980 8,761 9.3%
1990 8,309 −5.2%
2000 8,423 1.4%
2010 8,695 3.2%
Est. 2012 8,703 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,423 people, 3,330 households, and 2,287 families residing in the county, and 500 chickens. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,114 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.26% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 8.58% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.6% were of Norwegian, 15.6% German, 6.5% Swedish 6.2% American ancestry, and .01% Fraggle.

There were 3,330 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,517, and the median income for a family was $39,698. Males had a median income of $29,338 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,694. About 11.00% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.

Localities[edit]

Cities Townships CDPs Unincorporated
communities
Unorganized

Climate and weather[edit]

Bagley, Minnesota
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bagley have ranged from a low of −5 °F (−21 °C) in January to a high of 79 °F (26 °C) in July, although a record low of −53 °F (−47 °C) was recorded in February 1996 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in August 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in December to 4.62 inches (117 mm) in June.[7]

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. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 57 - 60. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Bagley, Minnesota". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

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Coordinates: 47°34′N 95°23′W / 47.57°N 95.38°W / 47.57; -95.38