Ramsey County, Minnesota
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 27, 1849 |
|Named for||Alexander Ramsey|
|Largest city||Saint Paul|
170.13 sq mi (441 km²)
155.78 sq mi (403 km²)
14.36 sq mi (37 km²), 8.44%
3,281/sq mi (1,267/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, founded in 1849. As of the 2010 census, the population was 508,640. Its county seat is St. Paul, which is also Minnesota's state capital. The county is named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory. It is one of the 11 counties in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, and is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States.
Government and politics 
|2008||66.0% 182,974||32.1% 88,942|
|2004||63.0% 171,846||35.6% 97,096|
|2000||56.7% 138,470||35.9% 87,669|
|1996||58.7% 133,878||29.3% 66,954|
|1992||52.0% 130,932||27.1% 68,206|
|1988||61.2% 143,767||37.8% 88,736|
|1984||59.1% 141,623||40.0% 95,667|
|1980||53.6% 124,774||33.9% 78,860|
|1976||58.6% 133,682||37.9% 86,480|
|1972||51.6% 108,392||45.6% 95,716|
|1968||62.6% 122,568||32.7% 64,068|
|1964||69.9% 133,948||29.7% 56,898|
|1960||58.1% 108,464||41.5% 77,408|
County Sheriff 
The Ramsey County Sheriff is the top law enforcement official in Ramsey County. The Ramsey County Sheriff is elected for a four-year term via an election running concurrent with the federal mid-term elections.
The current sheriff is Matt Bostrom, who was elected Sheriff in 2010 by winning over four-term incumbent Bob Fletcher by a 14% margin.
Providing safety in Ramsey County is a collaborative effort across multiple agencies. The Ramsey County Sheriff's office provides a number of unique services across the county as mandated by law. This includes detention for court and other court services. This also includes safety, rescue and law enforcement on the waterways.
Proactively, the Sheriff's office provides multiple safety classes and coordinates community volunteer efforts.
The sheriff's office provides patrol and investigation for communities without local police forces and is available as backup for all communities. An emergency 911 call will send the appropriate agency according to the caller's location and law enforcement availability.
|Community||Law Enforcement||Fire Protection||Ambulance|
|Arden Hills||Ramsey County Sheriff||Lake Johanna Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|Falcon Heights||Saint Anthony Police||Falcon Heights Fire||Saint Paul Fire|
|Gem Lake||Ramsey County Sheriff||White Bear Lake Fire||White Bear Lake Fire|
|Lauderdale||Saint Anthony Police||Falcon Heights Fire||Saint Paul Fire|
|Little Canada||Ramsey County Sheriff||Little Canada Fire & Rescue||Allina Medical Transport|
|Maplewood||Maplewood Police||Maplewood Fire||Maplewood Fire|
|Minnesota State Fairgrounds||Minnesota State Fair Police||Saint Paul Fire||Saint Paul Fire|
|Mounds View||Mounds View Police||SBM Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|New Brighton||New Brighton Police Division||New Brighton Fire Division||Allina Medical Transport|
|North Oaks||Ramsey County Sheriff||Lake Johanna Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|North Saint Paul||North Saint Paul Police||North Saint Paul Fire||Lakeview Emergency Medical|
|Roseville||Roseville Police||Roseville Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|Saint Anthony||Saint Anthony Police||Saint Anthony Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|Saint Paul||Saint Paul Police||Saint Paul Fire||Saint Paul Fire|
|Shoreview||Ramsey County Sheriff||Lake Johanna Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|University of Minnesota-‐St Paul||University Police||Saint Paul Fire||Saint Paul Fire|
|Vadnais Heights||Ramsey County Sheriff||Vadnais Heights Fire||Allina Medical Transport|
|White Bear Lake||White Bear Lake Police||White Bear Lake Fire||White Bear Lake Fire|
|White Bear Township||Ramsey County Sheriff||White Bear Lake Fire||White Bear Lake Fire|
County Attorney 
The Ramsey County Attorney prosecutes felony and misdemeanor crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of Ramsey County. The current County Attorney is John Choi who was elected in 2010.
County Commissioners 
The county commission elects a chair who presides at meetings. Commissioners as of November 2011
|District||Commissioner||In office since||Current term expires on December 31 of|
|2nd||Mary Jo McGuire||2013||2016|
|5th||Rafael Ortega (chair)||1995||2014|
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 170.13 square miles (440.6 km2), of which 155.78 square miles (403.5 km2) (or 91.57%) is land and 14.36 square miles (37.2 km2) (or 8.44%) is water. It has been considered completely urbanized since the 1990 United States Census.
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
National protected area 
As of the census of 2000, there were 511,035 people, 201,236 households, and 119,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,281 people per square mile (1,267/km²). There were 206,448 housing units at an average density of 1,325 per square mile (512/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.37% White, 7.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 8.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, according to the 2000 census.
In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the county was 31.2% German, 14.3% Irish, 11.3% Norwegian, 9.5% Swedish, 7.2% English, and 5.9% French and/or French Canadian. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 2.9% of Ramsey County's population. United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 23, 2011.</ref>
There were 201,236 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.40% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,722, and the median income for a family was $57,747. (These figures had risen to $53,141 and $71,485, respectively, as of 2008.) Males had a median income of $39,806 versus $30,814 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,536. About 7.40% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
† Based in another county, but partially extending into Ramsey County.
‡ A small part of this city extends into Washington County.
Ramsey County records are available for research use. They include school records, district and municipal court files, Board of Commissioners records, County Auditor records, Court of Common Pleas, probate court records, Saint Paul City Council records, and agency histories.
See also 
- Ramsey County Library
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Ramsey County, Minnesota
- Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom
- "Minnesota Government Series, State Symbols". Minnesota State Government Series. Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services Office. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Minnesota Government Series, State Counties". Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- "2010 Census Data". United States Census 2010. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Ramsey County". Metro MSP. Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "Ramsey County Public Works: A System of Thoroughfares, Highways, Streets and Other Public Ways". Ramsey County. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved May 9, 2013.
|Hennepin County||Washington County|