Hennepin County, Minnesota
|Hennepin County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 6, 1852 |
|Named for||Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan missionary, explorer, and author.|
606.38 sq mi (1,571 km²)
556.62 sq mi (1,442 km²)
49.77 sq mi (129 km²), 8.21%
2,048/sq mi (774/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century explorer Father Louis Hennepin. As of the 2010 census the population was 1,152,425. Its county seat is Minneapolis. It is by far the most populous county in Minnesota; more than one in five Minnesotans live in Hennepin County. The center of population of Minnesota is located in Hennepin County, in the city of Rogers.
Hennepin County was created in 1852 by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. Father Louis Hennepin's name was chosen because he originally named St. Anthony Falls and recorded some of the earliest accounts of the area for the Western world. Hennepin County's early history is closely linked to the establishment of the cities of Minneapolis and St. Anthony.
Law and government 
|2012||62.34% 423,982||35.30% 240,073|
|2008||63.42% 420,958||34.81% 231,054|
|2004||59.33% 383,841||39.43% 255,133|
|2000||53.60% 307,599||39.32% 225,657|
|1996||54.4% 285,126||33.2% 173,887|
|1992||47.5% 278,648||30.6% 179,581|
|1988||54.4% 292,909||44.6% 240,209|
|1984||51.5% 272,401||48.0% 253,921|
|1980||47.4% 239,592||38.6% 194,898|
|1976||53.2% 257,380||43.8% 211,892|
|1972||46.5% 205,943||51.6% 228,951|
|1968||54.1% 220,078||41.8% 170,002|
|1964||60.8% 241,020||39.0% 154,736|
|1960||48.5% 188,250||51.3% 198,992|
Like all counties in Minnesota, Hennepin is governed by an elected and nonpartisan board of commissioners. In Minnesota, county commissions usually have five members, but Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka and St Louis counties have seven members. Each commissioner represents a district of approximately equal population. In Hennepin the county commission appoints the medical examiner, county auditor-treasurer and county recorder. The sheriff and county attorney are also elected on a nonpartisan ticket. The county government's headquarters are in downtown Minneapolis in the Hennepin County Government Center. The county oversees the Hennepin County Library system (which merged with the Minneapolis Public Library system in 2008), and Hennepin County Medical Center.
The county commission elects a chair who presides at meetings. Commissioners as of January 2013
|District||Commissioner||In office since||Current term expires in January|
|1st||Mike Opat (chair)||1993||2015|
|6th||Jan Callison (vice chair)||2009||2017|
Key staff 
Hennepin County's normal operations are coordinated by the County Administrator David Hough, Deputy County Administrator (currently vacant), Assistant County Administrator for Human Services and Public Health Jim Koepke, and Assistant County Administrator for Public Works Debra R. Brisk.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 606.38 square miles (1,570.5 km2), of which 556.62 square miles (1,441.6 km2) (or 91.79%) is land and 49.77 square miles (128.9 km2) (or 8.21%) is water. The highest waterfall on the Mississippi River, the Saint Anthony Falls, discovered by Louis Hennepin, is in Hennepin County next to downtown Minneapolis, but in the 19th century, the falls were converted to a series of dams. Barges and boats now pass through locks to move between the parts of the river above and below the dams.
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
- Anoka County (northeast)
- Ramsey County (east)
- Dakota County (southeast)
- Scott County (south)
- Carver County (southwest)
- Wright County (northwest)
||Wright County||Anoka County|
|Carver County||Scott County||Dakota County|
National protected areas 
- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (part)
Hennepin County has major economic centers in downtown Minneapolis and Bloomington.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,116,200 people, 456,129 households, and 267,291 families residing in the county. The population density was 774/km² (2,005/mi²). There were 468,824 housing units at an average density of 325/km² (842/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.53% White, 8.95% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 4.80% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. 4.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.8% were of German, 12.0% Norwegian, 7.6% Irish and 7.2% Swedish ancestry.
There were 456,129 households out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.40% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 33.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $51,711, and the median income for a family was $65,985 (these figures had risen to $60,115 and $79,970 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $42,466 versus $32,400 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,789. About 5.00% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.
Hennepin County is the wealthiest county in the state of Minnesota and one of the 100 Highest-income counties in the United States.
Cities and towns 
† While mostly in Hennepin County, the city extends beyond the county border.
‡ Located in another county, but a part of the city extends into Hennepin County.
Colleges and universities 
- Augsburg College in Minneapolis
- Dunwoody College of Technology in downtown Minneapolis
- Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie
- Metropolitan State University in downtown Minneapolis
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis
- Minnesota State University, Mankato in Edina
- Normandale Community College in Bloomington
- North Central University in downtown Minneapolis
- North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park
- Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in South Minneapolis
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis
- University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus in downtown Minneapolis
Miscellaneous topics 
Target Field 
In August 2006, the Board voted 4–3 to levy a 0.15% sales tax within the county to fund the majority of the cost for a baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins. Legislation passed by the Minnesota Legislature in the waning hours of the 2005-2006 session, and signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty, authorized the county to levy the tax without a voter referendum. It also created the Minnesota Ballpark Authority which constructed and manages the stadium on behalf of the county. The tax will be in effect for 30 years, with clauses allowing it to be increased by the board of commissioners. The stadium, Target Field, opened in April 2010.
The Hennepin History Museum, established in 1957, provides exhibits related to the history of the county.
Records of Hennepin County are available for research use. They include school records, district and municipal court files, county attorney files, Hennepin County Sheriff records, birth and death records, marriage records, tax lists, and agency history records.
See also 
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- Population and Population Centers by State: 2000
- JoEllen Haugo and Mary Jo Laakso (2001). "History of Minneapolis". Minneapolis Public Library. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Welcome Languages." Hennepin County Public Library. Retrieved on July 8, 2010.
- Hennepin County Government website
- Hennepin County Library website
- Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau