Koochiching County, Minnesota
|Koochiching County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 19, 1906|
|Named for||An Ojibway word meaning "neighbor lake and river" for Rainy Lake and Rainy River|
|Largest city||International Falls|
|• Total||3,154.32 sq mi (8,170 km2)|
|• Land||3,102.36 sq mi (8,035 km2)|
|• Water||51.96 sq mi (135 km2), 1.65%|
|• Density||4.627/sq mi (1.7865/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Koochiching County (// KOOCH-əch-əng) is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,311. Its county seat is International Falls. A portion of the Bois Forte Indian Reservation is in the county. A small part of Voyageurs National Park extends into its boundary, with Lake of the Woods County to its northwest.
Historymakers of Koochiching County were of many occupations. They were explorers, traders, homesteaders, and lumberjacks. They also were teachers, preachers, merchants, engineers, and builders of industry. Settlers came at the beginning of the 1900s and suffered through isolation, illness, harsh weather, and poverty. They built schools, churches, and good roads. Koochiching County is the second largest county in area next to Saint Louis County. It is also one of the youngest counties in the state having been created in 1906 after it was separated from Itasca County. The name "Koochiching" comes from either the Ojibwe word Gojijiing or Cree Kocicīhk (recorded in some documents as "Ouchichiq"), both meaning "at the place of inlets," referring to the neighboring Rainy Lake and River. Reverend J.A. Gilfillan recorded their meaning, "according to some, Neighbor lake, according to others a lake somewhere," possibly referring to the neighbouring Rainy Lake and to Lake Couchiching located in southern Ontario. Early European (French) inhabitants gave the names Lac à la Pluie (Rainy Lake) and Rivière à la Pluie (Rainy River) to the nearby bodies of water because of the mist-like rain present at the falls of Rainy River and then to the settlement that became known as International Falls. About 10,000 years ago almost 90% of Koochiching County was covered by Lake Agassiz. When it receded it left low areas of decayed vegetation (muskeg); as a result, three-quarters of northern Koochiching are underlain with 2 to 50 feet of peat.
|2012||53.44% 3,451||43.99% 2,841|
|2008||53.65% 3649||43.55% 2962|
|2004||50.10% 3662||48.42% 3539|
|2000||42.20% 2903||51.21% 3523|
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,154.32 square miles (8,169.7 km2), of which 3,102.36 square miles (8,035.1 km2) (or 98.35%) is land and 51.96 square miles (134.6 km2) (or 1.65%) is water. Major rivers in the county are Big Fork River, Little Fork River, Rat Root River, Black River, and Rapid River. The highest altitude in the county is in the Northome area which is 1426 feet above sea level which is about 325 feet higher than Rainy Lake. The land surface is mostly flat with swampy areas where Lake Agassiz basin was deepest. There are also deposits of peat from 1½ to 50 feet in the low areas which is a result from vegetation. The general surface of Koochiching County is flat with spots of land broken in places by ledges of precambrian rock. Bed rock in the area includes ely greenstone and greenstone schists that are said to be among the oldest on the planet. In the northeastern tip of the county is a section of Voyageurs National Park and Black Bay. Franz Jevne State Park is located on Rainy River between International Falls and Baudette.
- Rainy River District, Ontario (north)
- Saint Louis County (east)
- Itasca County (south)
- Beltrami County (southwest)
- Lake of the Woods County (northwest)
||Lake of the Woods County||Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada|
|Saint Louis County|
|Beltrami County||Itasca County|
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,355 people, 6,040 households, and 3,962 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 7,719 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.12% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 2.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.2% were of Norwegian, 19.8% German, 12.3% Swedish and 7.0% Irish ancestry.
There were 6,040 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 30.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,262, and the median income for a family was $43,608. Males had a median income of $40,642 versus $22,261 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,167. About 8.40% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and communities
Koochiching County is unique in Minnesota, in the sense that there are no organized civil township governments within the county, due to legislative action taken by the county to absorb existing township governments. Survey townships, as defined by the Public Land Survey System exist but none are organized. Six city governments have been created, and the rest of the county consists of unorganized territories and unincorporated communities.
|Cities||Unorganized territories||Unincorporated communities||Ghost town|
Koochiching County is the location of the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, the home of the animated characters Rocky and Bullwinkle. Frostbite Falls is widely assumed to have been named in honor of International Falls.
- Laurel Complex
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Koochiching County, Minnesota
- Lake Agassiz Peatlands Natural Area
- Northwest Koochiching, Minnesota
- East Koochiching, Minnesota
- Iron Range
- Ernest Oberholtzer
- "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Schwankl, Hermoine Gordon (1983). "THE HISTORY OF KOOCHICHING COUNTY". Koochiching County. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- Soper, E. K. (1919). "The Peat Deposits of Minnesota". Bulletin of the Minnesota Geological Survey (16): 172.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Koochiching County, Minnesota.|
- County website
- Minnesota Department of Transportation maps (Southwest, Southeast, Northwest, Northeast)
- Koochiching County Historical Museum (Int'l Falls)