Isanti County, Minnesota

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Isanti County, Minnesota
Isanti Co Courthouse 4.JPG
Isanti County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Isanti County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 13, 1857[1]
Named for Izaty Indians, the ancient name for the Santee Indians, members of the Dakota alliance
Seat Cambridge
Largest city Cambridge
Area
 • Total 451.87 sq mi (1,170 km2)
 • Land 439.07 sq mi (1,137 km2)
 • Water 12.81 sq mi (33 km2), 2.83%
Population
 • (2010) 37,816
 • Density 71/sq mi (28/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.isanti.mn.us

Isanti County (/ˈsænt/ eye-SAN-tee) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,816.[2] Its county seat is Cambridge.[3] Isanti is derived from a Sioux name meaning "knife".[4]

Isanti County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 451.87 square miles (1,170.3 km2), of which 439.07 square miles (1,137.2 km2) (or 97.17%) is land and 12.81 square miles (33.2 km2) (or 2.83%) is water.[5] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows: Isanti County Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf [6]

Major highways[edit]

See County roads in Isanti County, Minnesota for the county's secondary roadways.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 284
1870 2,035 616.5%
1880 5,063 148.8%
1890 7,607 50.2%
1900 11,675 53.5%
1910 12,615 8.1%
1920 13,278 5.3%
1930 12,081 −9.0%
1940 12,950 7.2%
1950 12,123 −6.4%
1960 13,530 11.6%
1970 16,560 22.4%
1980 23,600 42.5%
1990 25,921 9.8%
2000 31,287 20.7%
2010 37,816 20.9%
Est. 2012 38,248 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000,[8] there were 37,816 people, 14,331 households, and 8,415 families residing in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 12,062 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.0% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0..5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 1.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.3% were of German, 21.3% Swedish, 12.7% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 11,236 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 20.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,127, and the median income for a family was $55,996. Males had a median income of $39,381 versus $26,427 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,348. About 4.00% of families and 5.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities

† A small part of Braham extends into Kanabec County.

Politics[edit]

Election results from statewide races[9]
Year Office GOP DEM Others
2008 President 56.6% 41.1% 2.3%
Senator 48.0% 32.9% 19.1%
2006 Governor 53.4% 39.9% 6.7%
Senator 45.2% 50.9% 3.9%
2004 President 57.9% 40.8% 1.3%
2002 Governor 53.0% 32.1% 14.9%
Senator 56.4% 40.6% 3.0%
2000 President 51.4% 41.8% 6.8%
Senator 51.4% 40.2% 8.3%
1998 Governor 27.3% 19.6% 53.1%
1996 President 34.3% 46.6% 19.1%
Senator 40.9% 47.8% 11.3%
1994 Governor 61.0% 36.0% 3.0%
Senator 53.2% 38.7% 8.1%
1992 President 29.8% 40.3% 29.9%

This rural county is much more conservative than the state as a whole. In 2008, John McCain won this county with almost 57% of the vote, when he lost the state with just 44% of the vote. Norm Coleman also did very well, obtaining 48% of the vote while losing the state with 42%. Also, both George W. Bush and Tim Pawlenty won this county twice, winning a majority of the county each time.

Democrats tend to do very poorly here. In 2008, Barack Obama obtained just 41% while he won the state with 54% of the vote. Al Franken did very poorly, getting just 33% of the vote. Since 1992, just one Democrat won this county with over 50% of the vote.

Independents also do very well in this county. In 1998, the county's results were Jesse Ventura's best performance in the state, winning the county with over 50% of the vote. Ross Perot came in a close third place with 29% of the vote while getting 24% statewide.

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 September 1, 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. 166. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61 - 64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°34′N 93°17′W / 45.56°N 93.29°W / 45.56; -93.29