Pope County, Minnesota
|Pope County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1862 |
|Named for||General John Pope|
|• Total||717.29 sq mi (1,858 km2)|
|• Land||670.14 sq mi (1,736 km2)|
|• Water||47.15 sq mi (122 km2), 6.57%|
|• Density||17/sq mi (6/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Pope County was identified by the state legislature in 1862, and named for John Pope, a General in the Union Army who had earlier worked as a surveyor in the area.
Geography and native vegetation
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 717.29 square miles (1,857.8 km2), of which 670.14 square miles (1,735.7 km2) (or 93.43%) is land and 47.15 square miles (122.1 km2) (or 6.57%) is water. Native vegetation based on NRCS soil information is, close to one-third savanna soils, more than half prairie soils, and the remaining areas water, wet soils and gravel pits. The following example has savanna soils in red and orange, prairie soils dark yellow upland and light yellow lowland, and water and wet soils (mucks and peats) in blue: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Glacial_Lakes_State_Park-_Blue_Mounds_WPA_Hi_Def_Wiki.JPG
- Douglas County (north)
- Stearns County (east)
- Kandiyohi County (southeast)
- Swift County (south)
- Stevens County (west)
- Grant County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,236 people, 4,513 households, and 3,064 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,827 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.8% were of Norwegian and 31.6% German ancestry.
There were 4,513 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,633, and the median income for a family was $42,818. Males had a median income of $30,452 versus $20,511 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,032. About 5.80% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
† Brooten is in Stearns County, but a small part extends into Pope County.
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7. ^Nelson, Steven (2011) Savanna Soils of Minnesota. pp. 65 - 67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
||Grant County||Douglas County|
|Stevens County||Stearns County|
|Swift County||Kandiyohi County|