Murray County, Minnesota

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Murray County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Murray County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857 (created)
1872 (organized)[1]
Named for William Pitt Murray, who served in various positions within government
Seat Slayton
Largest city Slayton
Area
 • Total 720 sq mi (1,865 km2)
 • Land 705 sq mi (1,826 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.1%
Population
 • (2010) 8,725
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.murray-countymn.com

Murray County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 8,725 at the 2010 census.[2] Its county seat is Slayton.[3] The county was formed in 1857 and organized in 1872.

History[edit]

During the 1880s, there was a "war" to decide whether Currie or Slayton would be the county seat.[4]

In the history of record keeping, Minnesota has been struck by two F-5 tornadoes, and both occurred in Murray County: the Chandler-Lake Wilson Tornado (June 16, 1992) and the Tracy Tornado (June 13, 1968) that began in Murray County before crossing north into Lyon County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.[5] The Mississippi-Missouri watershed divide runs through the western part of the county, near Chandler, along what is locally known as Buffalo Ridge. The highest point is in Chanarambie Township, over 1920 feet above sea level.[6] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Murray County Native Vegetation Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[7]

Lakes[edit]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 29
1870 209 620.7%
1880 3,604 1,624.4%
1890 6,692 85.7%
1900 11,911 78.0%
1910 11,755 −1.3%
1920 13,631 16.0%
1930 13,902 2.0%
1940 15,060 8.3%
1950 14,801 −1.7%
1960 14,743 −0.4%
1970 12,508 −15.2%
1980 11,507 −8.0%
1990 9,660 −16.1%
2000 9,165 −5.1%
2010 8,725 −4.8%
Est. 2013 8,533 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[13] there were 9,165 people, 3,722 households, and 2,601 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,357 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.3% were of German, 12.9% Norwegian, 12.5% Dutch and 5.1% Swedish ancestry.

There were 3,722 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% 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 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,966, and the median income for a family was $40,893. Males had a median income of $27,101 versus $19,636 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,936. About 6.30% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

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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. ^ Early W. Murray Co. MN Hist., pages 76-77, retrieved August 3, 2007
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Buffalo Ridge, Minnesota". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 69-70. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ Murray County Minnesota - Lime Lake, retrieved August 3, 2007
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 95°46′W / 44.02°N 95.76°W / 44.02; -95.76