Waseca County, Minnesota

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Waseca County, Minnesota
Waseca County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1857[1]
Named for Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area
Seat Waseca
Largest city Waseca
Area
 • Total 432.81 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Land 423.25 sq mi (1,096 km2)
 • Water 9.56 sq mi (25 km2), 2.21%
Population
 • (2010) 19,136
 • Density 46/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.waseca.mn.us

Waseca County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,136.[2] Its county seat is Waseca.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 432.81 square miles (1,121.0 km2), of which 423.25 square miles (1,096.2 km2) (or 97.79%) is land and 9.56 square miles (24.8 km2) (or 2.21%) is water.[4] Waseca is one of seven southern Minnesota counties that have no forest ecosystems, only prairie and savanna soils exist in these counties. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information is seen:Waseca County Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[5] The Le Sueur River flows through a part of the county.

Lakes[edit]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,601
1870 7,854 202.0%
1880 12,385 57.7%
1890 13,313 7.5%
1900 14,760 10.9%
1910 13,466 −8.8%
1920 14,133 5.0%
1930 14,412 2.0%
1940 15,186 5.4%
1950 14,957 −1.5%
1960 16,041 7.2%
1970 16,663 3.9%
1980 18,448 10.7%
1990 18,079 −2.0%
2000 19,526 8.0%
2010 19,136 −2.0%
Est. 2012 19,237 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census, there were 19,526 people, 7,059 households, and 4,990 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,427 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 2.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.6% were of German, 15.5% Norwegian, 7.4% Irish and 5.5% American ancestry.

There were 7,059 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 109.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,440, and the median income for a family was $50,081. Males had a median income of $34,380 versus $22,630 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,631. About 4.50% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities Townships

† Elysian is primarily in Le Sueur County, but a part extends into Waseca 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. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 93°35′W / 44.02°N 93.59°W / 44.02; -93.59