Lincoln County, Minnesota
Lincoln County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 6, 1873|
|Named for||Abraham Lincoln|
|• Total||548 sq mi (1,420 km2)|
|• Land||537 sq mi (1,390 km2)|
|• Water||12 sq mi (30 km2) 2.1%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||10.6/sq mi (4.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
During and after the American Civil War, the Minnesota legislature wanted to name a county after President Abraham Lincoln. Acts were proposed to effect this change in 1861, in 1866, and in 1870, but each time the effort failed by vote or was ignored by the county's citizens. The final effort was an act passed on March 6, 1873, dividing Lyon County into approximately equal halves, with the western half to be named Lincoln. The county voters approved this act in the November 1873 election, and Governor Horace Austin proclaimed the county's existence on December 5, 1873, with Lake Benton as county seat. In 1900 a new town closer to the county's center was platted, and in 1902 the county seat was moved to that settlement, Ivanhoe.
Lincoln County lies on Minnesota's border with South Dakota. The Lac qui Parle River flows northeast through the upper eastern part of the county on its way to discharge into the Minnesota River. The county's terrain consists of rolling hills and is mostly devoted to agriculture. The terrain slopes to the north and east, with its highest point on its lower west border, at 1,991' (607m) ASL. The county has a total area of 548 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 537 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.1%) is water.
- Ash Lake
- Curtis Lake
- Dead Coon Lake
- Drietz Lake
- Gislason Lake
- Hawks Nest Lake
- Lake Benton
- Lake Hendricks (part)
- Lake Shaokatan
- Lake Stay
- Oak Lake
- Perch Lake
- Steep Bank Lake
- Twin Lakes
- West Lake Stay
- Altona State Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Ash Lake State Wildlife Management Area
- Blue Wing State Wildlife Management Area
- Bohemian State Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Chen-Bay State Wildlife Management Area
- Christine State Wildlife Management Area
- Collinson State Wildlife Management Area
- Dorer State Wildlife Management Area
- Emerald State Wildlife Management Area
- Expectation State Wildlife Management Area
- Hendricks State Wildlife Management Area
- Hole in the Mountain County Park
- Hope State Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Iron Horse State Wildlife Management Area
- Ivanhoe State Wildlife Management Area
- Johnson State Wildlife Management Area
- Kvermo State Wildlife Management Area
- Minn-Kota State Wildlife Management Area
- Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
- Platyrhynchos State Wildlife Management Area
- Poposki State Wildlife Management Area
- Prairie Dell State Wildlife Management Area
- Shaokatan State Wildlife Management Area
- Sioux Lookout State Wildlife Management Area
- Sokota State Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Suhr State Wildlife Management Area
- Two Sloughs State Wildlife Management Area
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 6,429 people, 2,653 households, and 1,785 families in the county. The population density was 12.0/sqmi (4.62/km²). There were 3,043 housing units at an average density of 5.67/sqmi (2.19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.82% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 36.1% were of German, 25% English, 17.5% Norwegian, 10.9% Polish and 10.5% Danish ancestry.
There were 2,653 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.
The county population contained 23.70% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 24.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,607, and the median income for a family was $38,605. Males had a median income of $26,494 versus $20,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,009. About 7.00% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.
Lincoln County has been a swing district in recent decades. Since 1980 the county has selected the Democratic Party candidate in 56% of national elections (as of 2016).
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