Norman County, Minnesota
|Norman County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 17, 1881 |
|Named for||In honor of the large number of Norwegians, or Normans, who settled in this county.|
|• Total||876.82 sq mi (2,271 km2)|
|• Land||876.27 sq mi (2,270 km2)|
|• Water||0.55 sq mi (1 km2), 0.06%|
|• Density||8/sq mi (3/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
The county is located in the Red River Valley region of Minnesota.
Geography and native vegetation
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 876.82 square miles (2,271.0 km2), of which 876.27 square miles (2,269.5 km2) (or 99.94%) is land and 0.55 square miles (1.4 km2) (or 0.06%) is water. Major geographical features include the Red River of the North, which comprises the western border of the county, and the Wild Rice River, which flows from the eastern border to empty into the Red River. Native vegetation based-on NRCS soils information shows approximately 18 % savanna soils, 16 % well-drained prairie, 50 % poorly drained prairie, 12 % wet prairie and less than 5 % water, wet soils and gravel pits.
- Polk County (north)
- Mahnomen County (east)
- Becker County (southeast)
- Clay County (south)
- Cass County, North Dakota (southwest)
- Traill County, North Dakota (west)
|Traill County, North Dakota||Mahnomen County|
|Cass County, North Dakota||Clay County||Becker County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,442 people, 3,010 households, and 2,007 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,455 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.30% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 3.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 57.5% were of Norwegian and 21.7% German ancestry.
There were 3,010 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04.
Norman County has a moderately spread age distribution with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,535, and the median income for a family was $41,280. Males had a median income of $28,674 versus $20,619 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,895. About 7.10% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.
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