Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Le Sueur County, Minnesota
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Le Sueur County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Minnesota highlighting Le Sueur County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853[1]
Named for Pierre-Charles Le Sueur
Seat Le Center
Largest city Le Sueur
Area
 • Total 473.86 sq mi (1,227 km2)
 • Land 448.50 sq mi (1,162 km2)
 • Water 25.36 sq mi (66 km2), 5.35%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 27,677
 • Density 57/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.le-sueur.mn.us

Le Sueur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,703.[2] Its county seat is Le Center.[3] The county is named for the French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur who visited the area in 1700.[4]

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

Geography and native vegetation[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 473.86 square miles (1,227.3 km2), of which 448.50 square miles (1,161.6 km2) (or 94.65%) is land and 25.36 square miles (65.7 km2) (or 5.35%) is water.[5] Le Sueur is one of seven Minnesota savanna region counties where no forest soils exist and one of 17 Minnesota counties where savanna soils dominate. For native vegetation based on NRCS soils information, see: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Sueur_County_Minnesota_Native_Vegetation_Wiki_Version.pdf . Examples of native vegetation in the county: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chamberlain_Woods_SNA_Wiki_Version.JPG

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

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

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,318
1870 11,607 118.3%
1880 16,303 40.5%
1890 19,057 16.9%
1900 20,234 6.2%
1910 18,609 −8.0%
1920 17,870 −4.0%
1930 17,990 0.7%
1940 19,227 6.9%
1950 19,088 −0.7%
1960 19,906 4.3%
1970 21,331 7.2%
1980 23,434 9.9%
1990 23,929 2.1%
2000 25,426 6.3%
2010 27,703 9.0%
Est. 2012 27,677 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,426 people, 9,630 households, and 6,923 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 10,858 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.56% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 3.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.9% were of German, 9.0% Czech, 9.0% Norwegian and 8.2% Irish ancestry. 94.0% spoke English, 3.5% Spanish and 1.7% Czech as their first language.

There were 9,630 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,933, and the median income for a family was $53,000. Males had a median income of $34,196 versus $24,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,151. About 4.80% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.50% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated Village

† Small parts of these communities extend into another county.
‡ Mankato is predominantly in Blue Earth County.

See also[edit]

[7]

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. ^ "Le Sueur County, Minnesota". Co.le-sueur.mn.us. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven F. (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. pp. 43 – 48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°22′N 93°44′W / 44.37°N 93.73°W / 44.37; -93.73