Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota

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Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Lac qui Parle County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1871[1]
Named for The French for "the lake that speaks."
Seat Madison
Largest city Madison
Area
 • Total 778.05 sq mi (2,015 km2)
 • Land 764.87 sq mi (1,981 km2)
 • Water 13.19 sq mi (34 km2), 1.70%
Population
 • (2010) 7,259
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lac qui Parle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,259.[2] Its county seat is Madison.[3] The name of the county is French for "lake which speaks".

A March 2011 study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Lac qui Parle County the healthiest county in Minnesota.[4][5]

Geography and native vegetation[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 778.05 square miles (2,015.1 km2), of which 764.87 square miles (1,981.0 km2) (or 98.31%) is land and 13.19 square miles (34.2 km2) (or 1.70%) is water.[6] The county's northern boundary is defined by the Minnesota River; two of its tributaries, the Lac qui Parle River and the Yellow Bank River, also flow through the county.[7] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows 10 % savanna soils, 42 % well drained prairie, 15 % poorly drained prairie, 27 % wet prairie and the remaining areas water, wet soils and gravel pits.

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 145
1880 4,891 3,273.1%
1890 10,382 112.3%
1900 14,289 37.6%
1910 15,435 8.0%
1920 15,554 0.8%
1930 15,398 −1.0%
1940 15,509 0.7%
1950 14,545 −6.2%
1960 13,330 −8.4%
1970 11,164 −16.2%
1980 10,592 −5.1%
1990 8,924 −15.7%
2000 8,067 −9.6%
2010 7,259 −10.0%
Est. 2012 7,109 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[9] there were 8,067 people, 3,316 households, and 2,225 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,774 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.6% were of Norwegian and 35.2% German ancestry.

There were 3,316 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 4.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,626, and the median income for a family was $41,556. Males had a median income of $27,939 versus $19,681 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,399. About 5.60% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.80% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.


Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships

See also[edit]

External links[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. 
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  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 45°00′N 96°11′W / 45.00°N 96.18°W / 45.00; -96.18