Faribault County, Minnesota

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Faribault County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Faribault 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 Jean Baptiste Faribault, a trader with the Dakota.
Seat Blue Earth
Largest city Blue Earth
Area
 • Total 721.61 sq mi (1,869 km2)
 • Land 713.63 sq mi (1,848 km2)
 • Water 7.98 sq mi (21 km2), 1.11%
Population
 • (2010) 14,553
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.faribault.mn.us

Faribault County /ˈfɛərɨb/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,553.[2] Its county seat is Blue Earth.[3]

History[edit]

Faribault was founded in 1855. It is named for Jean-Baptiste Faribault, a settler and French fur trader among the Sioux Indians..[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 721.61 square miles (1,869.0 km2), of which 713.63 square miles (1,848.3 km2) (or 98.89%) is land and 7.98 square miles (20.7 km2) (or 1.11%) is water.[5]Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Faribault Co Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[6]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,335
1870 9,940 644.6%
1880 13,016 30.9%
1890 16,708 28.4%
1900 22,055 32.0%
1910 19,949 −9.5%
1920 20,998 5.3%
1930 21,642 3.1%
1940 23,941 10.6%
1950 23,879 −0.3%
1960 23,685 −0.8%
1970 20,896 −11.8%
1980 19,714 −5.7%
1990 16,937 −14.1%
2000 16,181 −4.5%
2010 14,553 −10.1%
Est. 2012 14,263 −2.0%
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,[8] there were 16,181 people, 6,652 households, and 4,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.11% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.5% were of German, 21.2% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 6,652 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,440, and the median income for a family was $41,793. Males had a median income of $28,990 versus $20,224 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,193. About 5.50% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities

† A minor part of Minnesota Lake also extends into Blue Earth County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 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. 123. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 65 - 67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°41′N 93°57′W / 43.68°N 93.95°W / 43.68; -93.95