Freeborn County, Minnesota

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Freeborn County, Minnesota
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Freeborn County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Freeborn 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 William Freeborn
Seat Albert Lea
Largest city Albert Lea
Area
 • Total 722.63 sq mi (1,872 km2)
 • Land 707.64 sq mi (1,833 km2)
 • Water 14.99 sq mi (39 km2), 2.07%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 31,054
 • Density 46/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.freeborn.mn.us

Freeborn County is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,255.[2] Its county seat is Albert Lea.[3]

Freeborn County comprises the Albert Lea, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Freeborn County was founded in 1855. It is named for William Freeborn, an early Minnesota politician.[4]

Geography[edit]

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[5]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 722.63 square miles (1,871.6 km2), of which 707.64 square miles (1,832.8 km2) (or 97.93%) is land and 14.99 square miles (38.8 km2) (or 2.07%) is water.[6] An example of native vegetation is shown: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myre_-_Big_Island_State_Park_Native_Vegetation_New_Wiki_Version.pdf . The Le Sueur River, a tributary of the Minnesota River, begins in the northern part of the county.

Lakes[edit]

Freeborn County has 16 lakes, mostly in the western half of the county.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,367
1870 10,578 214.2%
1880 16,069 51.9%
1890 17,962 11.8%
1900 21,838 21.6%
1910 22,282 2.0%
1920 24,692 10.8%
1930 28,741 16.4%
1940 31,780 10.6%
1950 34,517 8.6%
1960 37,891 9.8%
1970 38,064 0.5%
1980 36,329 −4.6%
1990 33,060 −9.0%
2000 32,584 −1.4%
2010 31,255 −4.1%
Est. 2012 31,054 −0.6%
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 32,584 people, 13,356 households, and 9,015 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 13,996 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.92% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.8% were of Norwegian, 26.2% German and 5.8% Danish ancestry.

There were 13,356 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,964, and the median income for a family was $45,142. Males had a median income of $31,491 versus $21,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,325. About 5.60% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships

Unincorporated communities[edit]

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. 131. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp 43–48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2
  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°40′N 93°21′W / 43.67°N 93.35°W / 43.67; -93.35