Meeker County, Minnesota

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Meeker County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Meeker County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 23, 1856[1]
Named for Bradley B. Meeker, an associate justice of Minnesota Territorial Court
Seat Litchfield
Largest city Litchfield
Area
 • Total 645.08 sq mi (1,671 km2)
 • Land 608.54 sq mi (1,576 km2)
 • Water 36.54 sq mi (95 km2), 5.66%
Population
 • (2010) 23,300
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.meeker.mn.us

Meeker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,300.[2] Its county seat is Litchfield.[3] The county was named after Bradley R. Meeker, an associate justice of the Territorial Court from 1849 to 1853.[4]

Geography and native vegetation[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 645.08 square miles (1,670.7 km2), of which 608.54 square miles (1,576.1 km2) (or 94.34%) is land and 36.54 square miles (94.6 km2) (or 5.66%) is water.[5] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information is seen: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meeker_County_Native_Vegetation_Wiki_Version.pdf Also, an example of native vegetation: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Greenleaf_Lake_SRA_Native_Vegetation_Wiki_Version.JPG .[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 928
1870 6,090 556.3%
1880 11,739 92.8%
1890 15,456 31.7%
1900 17,753 14.9%
1910 17,022 −4.1%
1920 18,103 6.4%
1930 17,914 −1.0%
1940 19,277 7.6%
1950 18,966 −1.6%
1960 18,887 −0.4%
1970 18,387 −2.6%
1980 20,594 12.0%
1990 20,846 1.2%
2000 22,644 8.6%
2010 23,300 2.9%
Est. 2012 23,061 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000,[8] there were 22,644 people, 8,590 households, and 6,133 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 9,821 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.35% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 1.40% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 12.2% Swedish and 11.3% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 8,590 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,908, and the median income for a family was $47,923. Males had a median income of $33,157 versus $22,743 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,628. About 4.70% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.40% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated

† a part of Eden Valley is in Stearns County.

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. ^ Fedo, Michael (2002). Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names. Canada: Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-87351-424-6. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 49-52. 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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°07′N 94°32′W / 45.12°N 94.53°W / 45.12; -94.53