Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Le Sueur County, Minnesota
2009-0805-MN-116-LeCenter-CtyCrtJail.jpg
Le Sueur County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Minnesota highlighting Le Sueur County
Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853[1]
Named for Pierre-Charles Le Sueur
Seat Le Center
Largest city Le Sueur
Area
 • Total 474 sq mi (1,228 km2)
 • Land 449 sq mi (1,163 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 5.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 27,591
 • Density 62/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.le-sueur.mn.us

Le Sueur County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,703.[2] Its county seat is Le Center.[3] The county is named for the French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur who visited the area in 1700.[4]

Le Sueur County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 474 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 449 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (5.3%) is water.[5] Le Sueur is one of seven Minnesota savanna region counties where no forest soils exist and one of 17 counties where savanna soils dominate.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[6]
Soils of Sakatah Lake State Park area

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,318
1870 11,607 118.3%
1880 16,303 40.5%
1890 19,057 16.9%
1900 20,234 6.2%
1910 18,609 −8.0%
1920 17,870 −4.0%
1930 17,990 0.7%
1940 19,227 6.9%
1950 19,088 −0.7%
1960 19,906 4.3%
1970 21,331 7.2%
1980 23,434 9.9%
1990 23,929 2.1%
2000 25,426 6.3%
2010 27,703 9.0%
Est. 2016 27,591 [7] −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census, there were 25,426 people, 9,630 households, and 6,923 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 10,858 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.56% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 3.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.9% were of German, 9.0% Czech, 9.0% Norwegian and 8.2% Irish ancestry. 94.0% spoke English, 3.5% Spanish and 1.7% Czech as their first language.

There were 9,630 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,933, and the median income for a family was $53,000. Males had a median income of $34,196 versus $24,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,151. About 4.80% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.50% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 61.3% 9,182 30.9% 4,623 7.8% 1,166
2012 52.2% 7,715 45.6% 6,753 2.2% 327
2008 50.9% 7,636 46.6% 6,994 2.5% 379
2004 53.7% 7,746 44.8% 6,466 1.5% 212
2000 49.8% 6,138 43.5% 5,361 6.8% 832
1996 34.8% 3,902 48.7% 5,457 16.5% 1,850
1992 32.3% 3,858 39.0% 4,662 28.7% 3,434
1988 49.6% 5,415 49.5% 5,410 0.9% 100
1984 54.1% 6,033 45.5% 5,070 0.4% 48
1980 47.1% 5,478 44.4% 5,161 8.5% 986
1976 40.1% 4,565 57.6% 6,556 2.3% 260
1972 52.5% 5,388 46.0% 4,725 1.5% 149
1968 43.7% 4,189 53.2% 5,094 3.1% 298
1964 34.2% 3,191 65.6% 6,117 0.2% 17
1960 45.8% 4,426 54.1% 5,234 0.1% 10
1956 58.5% 5,026 41.4% 3,556 0.2% 17
1952 63.2% 5,776 36.6% 3,348 0.2% 16
1948 43.7% 3,858 55.4% 4,890 0.9% 80
1944 57.2% 4,560 42.2% 3,358 0.6% 49
1940 59.5% 5,543 40.3% 3,750 0.2% 20
1936 32.1% 2,849 57.3% 5,077 10.6% 939
1932 26.2% 2,121 72.6% 5,878 1.3% 101
1928 42.2% 3,401 57.3% 4,615 0.5% 38
1924 38.2% 2,475 18.5% 1,199 43.3% 2,807
1920 66.2% 4,059 30.2% 1,853 3.6% 218
1916 43.9% 1,430 52.9% 1,723 3.2% 105
1912 24.9% 886 41.9% 1,488 33.2% 1,180
1908 47.9% 1,819 44.7% 1,699 7.5% 283
1904 59.2% 2,086 35.5% 1,251 5.3% 187
1900 49.0% 1,941 46.9% 1,858 4.1% 161
1896 51.2% 2,235 45.9% 2,003 3.0% 131
1892 39.7% 1,465 49.4% 1,821 10.9% 401

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 185. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011)."Savanna Soils of Minnesota."Minnesota:Self.pp43 - 48.ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 44°22′N 93°44′W / 44.37°N 93.73°W / 44.37; -93.73