Freeborn County, Minnesota
|Founded||February 20, 1855|
|Named for||William Freeborn|
|Largest city||Albert Lea|
|• Total||722 sq mi (1,870 km2)|
|• Land||707 sq mi (1,830 km2)|
|• Water||15 sq mi (40 km2) 2.1%%|
|• Density||43.7/sq mi (16.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Freeborn County comprises the Albert Lea Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Freeborn County was created on February 20, 1855, the territory being separated from Blue Earth and Rice Counties. Twelve other Minnesota counties were created the same day by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. Freeborn County was named for William Freeborn, an early Minnesota pioneer, merchant, and territorial legislator.
Freeborn County lies on Minnesota's border with Iowa. The Shell Rock River flows southward from Albert Lea Lake in central Freeborn County, crossing into Iowa. Turtle Creek flows eastward through the upper eastern part of the county, crossing into Mower County. The terrain is hilly and etched with drainages and gullies. The Le Sueur River, a tributary of the Minnesota River, begins in the northern part of the county and flows northward into Waseca County. The Cobb River and the Maple River, two other small rivers, begin in the extreme northwest corner of the county, the Cobb from Freeborn Lake and the Maple from Penny Lake. Both run generally northwest, emptying into the LeSueur River, just upstream from where the LeSueur empties into the Minnesota River, on the western edge of Mankato. Most of the available land is devoted to agriculture. The terrain generally slopes to the south and east, although the highest point is near the northeast corner, at 1,296' (395m) ASL. The county has an area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 707 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.
- Albert Lea Lake
- Bear Lake
- Church Lake
- Everhart Lake
- Fountain Lake
- Freeborn Lake
- Geneva Lake
- Goose Lake
- Halls Lake
- Hickory Lake
- Lower Twin Lake
- Penny Lake
- Pickerel Lake
- School Section Lake
- State Line Lake
- Sugar Lake
- Trenton Lake (part)
- Upper Twin Lake
- White Lake
- Bear Lake State Wildlife Management Area
- Carex State Wildlife Management Area
- Halls Lake State Wildlife Area
- Moscow State Game Refuge
- Myre-Big Island State Park
- White Woods County Park
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 32,584 people, 13,356 households, and 9,015 families in the county. The population density was 46.1/sqmi (17.8/km2). There were 13,996 housing units at an average density of 19.8/sqmi (7.64/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.92% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.8% were of Norwegian, 26.2% German and 5.8% Danish ancestry.
There were 13,356 households, of which 29.1% had children under age 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.
The county population contained 24.0% under 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females 18 and older, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,964, and the median income for a family was $45,142. Males had a median income of $31,491 versus $21,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,325. About 5.6% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under 18 and 9.1% of those over 64.
- Albert Lea Township
- Alden Township
- Bancroft Township
- Bath Township
- Carlston Township
- Freeborn Township
- Freeman Township
- Geneva Township
- Hartland Township
- Hayward Township
- London Township
- Manchester Township
- Mansfield Township
- Moscow Township
- Newry Township
- Nunda Township
- Oakland Township
- Pickerel Lake Township
- Riceland Township
- Shell Rock Township
Government and politics
Freeborn County voters have trended Democratic for several decades, but the county has supported the Republican presidential nominee in the last two elections, marking the first time a Republican presidential candidate has won the county since 1980. Donald Trump won the county with 55% of the vote in 2016, and an even larger share of the vote in 2020, despite losing the statewide vote both times.
|Commissioner||Brad Edwin||District 1||2024|
|Commissioner and Vice Chair||Dan Belshan||District 2||2022|
|Commissioner||John Forman||District 3||2024|
|Commissioner and Chair||Christopher Shoff||District 4||2022|
|Commissioner||Ted Herman||District 5||2024|
|Senate||Gene Dornink||Republican||District 27|
|House of Representatives||Peggy Bennett||Republican||District 27A|
|House of Representatives||Patricia Mueller||Republican||District 27B|
|House of Representatives||Jim Hagedorn||Republican||1st|
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