Pennington County, Minnesota

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Pennington County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pennington County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1910[1]
Named for Edmund Pennington, a longtime railroad operator
Seat Thief River Falls
Largest city Thief River Falls
Area
 • Total 618 sq mi (1,601 km2)
 • Land 617 sq mi (1,598 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 13,930
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website co.pennington.mn.us

Pennington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,930.[2] Its county seat is Thief River Falls.[3] The county was formed on November 23, 1910, from sections of Red Lake County. It was named after Edmund Pennington, president of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 617 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4] Pennington is one of 17 Minnesota savanna region counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[5]

Major highways[edit]

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-1.svg Minnesota State Highway 1
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-219.svg Minnesota State Highway 219
  • Pennington County 3: Major connector between Pennington County and Grand Forks. Connects with Polk County 21.
  • Pennington County 7: Connects Thief River Falls to the Airport.
  • Pennington County 10: Major gravel route, also known as Pembina Trail.
  • Pennington County 16: US-59 Truck Bypass of Thief River Falls, connects US-59 / MN-1 on the west side of town to MN-32 on the south side of town.
  • Pennington County 27 & 28: Designated and designed for heavy truck traffic connecting US-2 to Roseau County and Marshall County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 9,376
1920 12,091 29.0%
1930 10,487 −13.3%
1940 12,913 23.1%
1950 12,965 0.4%
1960 12,468 −3.8%
1970 13,266 6.4%
1980 15,258 15.0%
1990 13,306 −12.8%
2000 13,584 2.1%
2010 13,930 2.5%
Est. 2013 14,118 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[10] there were 13,584 people, 5,525 households, and 3,552 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,033 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.02% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.0% were of Norwegian, 15.4% German and 7.2% Swedish ancestry.

There were 5,525 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,216, and the median income for a family was $43,936. Males had a median income of $30,771 versus $21,078 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,346. About 7.70% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 57 - 60. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 48°04′N 96°02′W / 48.07°N 96.04°W / 48.07; -96.04