Freeborn County, Minnesota
|Freeborn County, Minnesota|
Freeborn County Courthouse.
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1855|
|Named for||William Freeborn, a territorial settler|
|Largest city||Albert Lea|
|• 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%|
|• Density||46/sq mi (18/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Geography and native vegetation
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. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows less than 3 % forest soils, 24 % savanna soils, 60 % prairie soils and less than 13 % water, wet soils and gravel pits. Examples of native vegetation based on soils are: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myhre-Big_Island_State_Park_CombinedMaps_Wiki_Version.pdf . https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goetz_WMA_Hi_Def_Wiki.JPG . The Le Sueur River, a tributary of the Minnesota River, starts in the northern part of the county.
Freeborn County has 16 lakes, mostly in the western half of the county.
- Albert Lea Lake: Albert Lea Township and Hayward Township
- Bear Lake: Nunda Township
- Church Lake: Pickerel Lake Township
- Fountain Lake: Abert Lea Township and Bancroft Township
- Freeborn Lake: Carlston Township and Freeborn Township
- Geneva Lake: Geneva Township and Bath Township
- Goose Lake: Albert Lea Township
- Halls Lake: Manchester Township
- Hickory Lake: Moscow Township
- Lower Twin Lake: Nunda Township
- Pickerel Lake: Albert Lea Township and Pickerel Township
- School Section Lake: Manchester Township
- State Line Lake: Nunda Township
- Sugar Lake: Manchester Township
- Upper Twin Lake: Pickerel Township and Nunda Township
- White Lake: Pickerel Lake Township and Albert Lea Township
- Steele County (northeast)
- Mower County (east)
- Worth County, Iowa (south)
- Winnebago County, Iowa (southwest)
- Faribault County (west)
- Waseca County (northwest)
||Waseca County||Steele County|
|Faribault County||Mower County|
|Winnebago County, Iowa||Worth County, Iowa|
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
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
5. ^Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. pp. 43 - 48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.