Steele County, Minnesota

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Steele County, Minnesota
CourthouseSteeleCountyMN.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Steele County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855[1]
Named for Franklin Steele
Seat Owatonna
Largest city Owatonna
Area
 • Total 432.16 sq mi (1,119 km2)
 • Land 429.55 sq mi (1,113 km2)
 • Water 2.62 sq mi (7 km2), 0.61%
Population
 • (2010) 36,576
 • Density 78/sq mi (30/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.steele.mn.us

Steele County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,576.[2] Its county seat is Owatonna.[3] The county was named for Franklin Steele, a prominent early resident of the state.

Steele County comprises the Owatonna, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 432.16 square miles (1,119.3 km2), of which 429.55 square miles (1,112.5 km2) (or 99.40%) is land and 2.62 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.61%) is water.[4] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Steele Co Native Vegetation Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[5] An example of the countys native vegetation: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Somerset_WMA_Area_New_Wiki_Version.JPG The Straight River flows northwardly through the county, and the Le Sueur River flows through its southwestern corner. The Middle Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the northeastern part of the county.[6]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,863
1870 8,271 188.9%
1880 12,400 49.9%
1890 13,232 6.7%
1900 16,524 24.9%
1910 16,146 −2.3%
1920 18,061 11.9%
1930 18,475 2.3%
1940 19,749 6.9%
1950 21,155 7.1%
1960 25,029 18.3%
1970 26,931 7.6%
1980 30,328 12.6%
1990 30,729 1.3%
2000 33,680 9.6%
2010 36,575 8.6%
Est. 2012 36,322 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000,[8] there were 33,680 people, 12,846 households, and 9,082 families residing in the county. The population density was 78 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 13,306 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.19% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.65% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 3.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.6% were of German, 18.5% Norwegian, 5.2% Czech and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

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

There were 12,846 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,106, and the median income for a family was $53,981. Males had a median income of $36,366 versus $25,054 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,328. About 4.20% of families and 6.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships Unincorporated
communities
Ghost town

† A small part of Blooming Prairie extends into Dodge 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. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43 - 48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. pp. 24, 33. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 93°13′W / 44.02°N 93.22°W / 44.02; -93.22