Stevens County, Minnesota
|Stevens County, Minnesota|
Location in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1862 |
|Named for||Isaac Ingalls Stevens, who commanded a surveying expedition for a Pacific railroad.|
|• Total||575.24 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||562.06 sq mi (1,456 km2)|
|• Water||13.17 sq mi (34 km2), 2.29%|
|• Density||18/sq mi (7/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Stevens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,726. Its county seat is Morris. The county was named for the Civil War Union general Isaac Stevens; it was named for him in 1862, seven years after a legislative clerical error denied him that honor in 1855 for what became Stearns County.
The county has the University of Minnesota Morris at the town of Morris. It was developed in the early twentieth century from the Morris Industrial School for Indians, which opened in the town in 1887 and was originally operated by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy under contract to the federal government.
Geography and native vegetation
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 575.24 square miles (1,489.9 km2), of which 562.06 square miles (1,455.7 km2) (or 97.71%) is land and 13.17 square miles (34.1 km2) (or 2.29%) is water. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows 10 % savanna soils, 40 % well-drained prairie, 32 % poorly drained prairie, 12 % wet prairie and the remaining areas water, wet soils and gravel pits.
In 1975, a moderate earthquake occurred within the county.
- Grant County (north)
- Douglas County (northeast)
- Pope County (east)
- Swift County (south)
- Big Stone County (southwest)
- Traverse County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,053 people, 3,751 households, and 2,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,074 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.13% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.8% were of German, 20.8% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.
There were 3,751 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.90% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 20.80% from 18 to 24, 21.60% from 25 to 44, 19.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,267, and the median income for a family was $47,518. Males had a median income of $32,045 versus $21,681 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,569. About 5.70% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.50% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
||Traverse County||Grant County||Douglas County|
|Big Stone County||Swift County|