Pine County, Minnesota

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Pine County, Minnesota
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Pine County Courthouse, Pine City, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pine County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1856[1]
Named for The abundant pine trees in the area.
Seat Pine City
Largest city Pine City
Area
 • Total 1,434.57 sq mi (3,716 km2)
 • Land 1,411.04 sq mi (3,655 km2)
 • Water 23.52 sq mi (61 km2), 1.64%
Population
 • (2010) 29,750
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.pine.mn.us

Pine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,750.[2] Its county seat is Pine City.[3] A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,434.57 square miles (3,715.5 km2), of which 1,411.04 square miles (3,654.6 km2) (or 98.36%) is land and 23.52 square miles (60.9 km2) (or 1.64%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

See County roads in Pine County, Minnesota for the county's secondary roadways.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 92
1870 648 604.3%
1880 1,365 110.6%
1890 4,052 196.8%
1900 11,546 184.9%
1910 15,878 37.5%
1920 21,117 33.0%
1930 20,264 −4.0%
1940 21,478 6.0%
1950 18,223 −15.2%
1960 17,004 −6.7%
1970 16,821 −1.1%
1980 19,871 18.1%
1990 21,264 7.0%
2000 26,530 24.8%
2010 29,750 12.1%
Est. 2012 29,218 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000,[6] there were 26,530 people, 9,939 households, and 6,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 15,353 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.9% White, 2.0% Black or African American, 3.1% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.3% were of German, 11.6% Swedish, 11.1% Norwegian and 5.5% American ancestry.

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

There were 17,276 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $44,058. Males had a median income of $31,600 versus $22,675 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,445. About 7.80% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Also, see People from Pine County, Minnesota.

History[edit]

Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.

In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City becoming the new county seat.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities Ghost towns
  • Belden
  • Banning
  • Big Spring
  • Blomskog
  • Chengwatana
  • Clint
  • Danewood
  • Eaglehead
  • Harlis
  • Midway
  • Milburn
  • Mission Creek
  • Outflow
  • Tozer Camp
  • Turpville
  • Tuxedo
  • Villstad
  • Wareham

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 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. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°08′N 92°44′W / 46.14°N 92.74°W / 46.14; -92.74