Nicollet County, Minnesota
|Nicollet County, Minnesota|
Nicollet County Courthouse
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 5, 1853 |
|Named for||Joseph Nicolas Nicollet, a geographer-explorer|
|Largest city||North Mankato|
|• Total||466.95 sq mi (1,209 km2)|
|• Land||452.29 sq mi (1,171 km2)|
|• Water||14.65 sq mi (38 km2), 3.14%|
|• Density||66/sq mi (25/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Geography and native vegetation
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 466.95 square miles (1,209.4 km2), of which 452.29 square miles (1,171.4 km2) (or 96.86%) is land and 14.65 square miles (37.9 km2) (or 3.14%) is water. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information is shown: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nicollet_County_Pie_Chart.pdf . Example of native vegetation is shown: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chamberlain_Woods_SNA_Wiki_Version.JPG .
- Annexstad Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
- Erickson Lake: in Traverse Township
- Middle Lake: the southwestern Middle Lake is in Granby Township; the northeastern Middle Lake is in Granby Township, Traverse Township, and Oshawa Township
- Oak Leaf Lake: in Oshawa Township
- Overson Lake: in Traverse Township
- Rice Lake: in New Sweden Township
- Sand Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
- Swan Lake: about a quarter of the northwest part of the lake is in Brighton Township; about three eighths of the southwest part is in Courtland Township; another three eighths is in Granby Township; a very small part of the southeast shore is in Nicollet Township
||Renville County||Sibley County|
|Le Sueur County|
|Brown County||Blue Earth County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,771 people, 10,642 households, and 7,311 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 11,240 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.80% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.2% were of German, 13.3% Norwegian, 6.8% Swedish and 5.4% Irish ancestry according.
There were 10,642 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 16.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $46,170, and the median income for a family was $55,694. Males had a median income of $36,236 versus $25,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,517. About 4.30% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
† Mankato is mainly in Blue Earth County but extends into Nicollet County.
‡ North Mankato is mainly in Nicollet County but extends into Blue Earth County.
5. Nelson, Steven F. (2011) "Savanna Soils of Minnesota, A Comprehensive Inventory by County and by Soil Series". Handbook and Fieldguide, pp. 65 - 67.