Pope County, Minnesota

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Pope County, Minnesota
2013-0408-PopeCtyCourthouse.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pope County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1862[1]
Named for John Pope
Seat Glenwood
Largest city Glenwood
Area
 • 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%
Population
 • (2010) 10,995
 • Density 17/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.pope.mn.us

Pope County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,995.[2] Its county seat is Glenwood.[3]

History[edit]

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.

Pope County was the location of several protests against the CU Powerline in the 1970s.[4]

Geography and native vegetation[edit]

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.[5] 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

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,691
1880 5,874 118.3%
1890 10,032 70.8%
1900 12,577 25.4%
1910 12,746 1.3%
1920 13,631 6.9%
1930 13,085 −4.0%
1940 13,544 3.5%
1950 12,862 −5.0%
1960 11,914 −7.4%
1970 11,107 −6.8%
1980 11,657 5.0%
1990 10,745 −7.8%
2000 11,236 4.6%
2010 10,995 −2.1%
Est. 2012 10,892 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[7] 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[edit]

Cities Townships Ghost town

† Brooten is in Stearns County, but a small part extends into Pope County.

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. ^ "CU Project Controversy". Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

7. ^Nelson, Steven (2011) Savanna Soils of Minnesota. pp. 65 - 67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°35′N 95°27′W / 45.59°N 95.45°W / 45.59; -95.45