Brown County, Minnesota

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Brown County, Minnesota
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Brown County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855[1]
Named for Joseph Renshaw Brown
Seat New Ulm
Largest city New Ulm
Area
 • Total 618.60 sq mi (1,602 km2)
 • Land 610.86 sq mi (1,582 km2)
 • Water 7.74 sq mi (20 km2), 1.25%
Population
 • (2010) 25,893
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.brown.mn.us

Brown County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,893.[2] Its county seat is New Ulm.[3]

Brown County comprises the New Ulm, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Mankato-New Ulm-North Mankato, MN Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 618.60 square miles (1,602.2 km2), of which 610.86 square miles (1,582.1 km2) (or 98.75%) is land and 7.74 square miles (20.0 km2) (or 1.25%) is water.[4] The Minnesota River flows along the county's northern boundary; two of its tributaries, the Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Rivers, flow eastwardly through the county.[5]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,339
1870 6,396 173.5%
1880 12,018 87.9%
1890 15,817 31.6%
1900 19,787 25.1%
1910 20,134 1.8%
1920 22,421 11.4%
1930 23,428 4.5%
1940 25,544 9.0%
1950 25,895 1.4%
1960 27,676 6.9%
1970 28,887 4.4%
1980 28,645 −0.8%
1990 26,984 −5.8%
2000 26,911 −0.3%
2010 25,893 −3.8%
Est. 2012 25,425 −1.8%
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,[7] there were 26,911 people, 10,598 households, and 7,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 11,163 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.82% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 67.1% were of German and 9.6% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 10,598 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,800, and the median income for a family was $49,811. Males had a median income of $32,347 versus $23,918 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,535. About 4.40% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.00% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated

† A small part of Comfrey extends into Cottonwood County.

Climate and weather[edit]

New Ulm, Minnesota
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[8]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of New Ulm have ranged from a low of 6 °F (−14 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −37 °F (−38 °C) was recorded in January 1984 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in January to 4.82 inches (122 mm) in June.[8]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. pp. 21–22, 30–31. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for New Ulm, Minnesota". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Louis Albert Fritsche, History of Brown County, Minnesota: Its People, Industries and Institutions. In Two Volumes. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen and Co., 1916.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°14′N 94°43′W / 44.23°N 94.72°W / 44.23; -94.72