Lyon County, Minnesota

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Lyon County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Lyon County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
FoundedMarch 6, 1868
March 2, 1869
Named forNathaniel Lyon
SeatMarshall
Largest cityMarshall
Area
 • Total722 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land715 sq mi (1,852 km2)
 • Water7.1 sq mi (18 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)25,629
 • Density36.1/sq mi (13.9/km2)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.lyon.mn.us

Lyon County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 25,857.[1] Its county seat is Marshall.[2]

Lyon County comprises the Marshall, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was established by two acts of the Minnesota state legislature, dated March 6, 1868, and March 2, 1869. The county seat was designated as Marshall. The county was named for Nathaniel Lyon, an Army officer who served in the Dakota and Minnesota territories before being killed in the Civil War in 1861. He had achieved the rank of general by his death.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

The Yellow Medicine River flows northeast through the upper portion of the county, the Redwood River flows northeast through the central part, and the Cottonwood River flows northeast through the lower part. The county's terrain consists of low rolling hills, etched by drainages and gullies.[5] It slopes to the north and east, with its highest point near its southwest corner, at 1,729' (527m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.0%) is water.[7]

Soils of Lyon County[8]

Lakes[5][edit]

  • Clear Lake
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Dead Coon Lake
  • East Twin Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Lady Slipper Lake
  • Lake Marshall
  • Lake of the Hill
  • Lake Yankton
  • Lone Tree Lake (part)
  • Long Lake (part)
  • McKay Lake
  • North Twin Lake
  • Rock Lake
  • School Grove Lake (part)
  • Sham Lake
  • South Twin Lake
  • West Twin Lake
  • Wood Lake

Major highways[edit]

Airports[5][edit]

  • Tracy Municipal Airport (TKC)

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[5][edit]

  • Camden State Park
  • Gadwall State Wildlife Management Area
  • Garvin State Park
  • Grandview State Wildlife Management Area
  • Greenhead State Wildlife Management Area
  • Glynn Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
  • Shelburne State Wildlife Management Area
  • Vallers State Wildlife Management Area

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18806,257
18909,50151.8%
190014,59153.6%
191015,7227.8%
192018,83719.8%
193019,3282.6%
194021,56911.6%
195022,2533.2%
196022,6551.8%
197024,2737.1%
198025,2073.8%
199024,789−1.7%
200025,4252.6%
201025,8571.7%
Est. 201825,629[9]−0.9%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2018[1]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 US census data

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 25,425 people, 9,715 households, and 6,334 families in the county. The population density was 35.6/sqmi (13.7/km²). There were 10,298 housing units at an average density of 14.4/sqmi (5.56/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.58% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 3.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 15.5% Norwegian and 10.5% Belgian ancestry.

There were 9,715 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

The county population contained 26.20% under the age of 18, 13.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,996, and the median income for a family was $48,512. Males had a median income of $32,102 versus $21,445 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,013. About 6.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Lyon County has been a traditional Republican stronghold. In only one national election since 1980 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 59.4% 7,256 31.3% 3,825 9.3% 1,134
2012 53.2% 6,594 44.1% 5,465 2.7% 329
2008 49.7% 6,315 48.1% 6,110 2.2% 283
2004 56.8% 7,203 41.8% 5,292 1.4% 178
2000 53.0% 6,087 41.2% 4,737 5.8% 665
1996 43.0% 4,932 44.1% 5,062 12.9% 1,483
1992 37.3% 4,591 36.4% 4,481 26.4% 3,252
1988 50.9% 5,969 48.2% 5,657 0.9% 110
1984 56.6% 7,170 42.6% 5,389 0.8% 100
1980 45.3% 5,852 43.6% 5,626 11.1% 1,433
1976 40.4% 5,036 57.2% 7,122 2.4% 300
1972 50.0% 5,820 48.3% 5,614 1.7% 196
1968 43.5% 4,331 53.4% 5,317 3.2% 318
1964 32.2% 3,165 67.7% 6,649 0.1% 8
1960 46.0% 4,740 53.9% 5,550 0.2% 15
1956 55.3% 5,188 44.6% 4,190 0.1% 8
1952 59.7% 6,015 40.0% 4,030 0.2% 24
1948 32.9% 3,054 66.2% 6,144 1.0% 88
1944 43.6% 3,617 55.9% 4,640 0.5% 38
1940 45.0% 4,305 54.7% 5,234 0.4% 36
1936 30.3% 2,551 61.3% 5,163 8.4% 710
1932 30.7% 2,264 67.6% 4,989 1.8% 130
1928 54.9% 4,058 44.3% 3,274 0.8% 56
1924 53.7% 3,519 5.1% 334 41.2% 2,700
1920 73.2% 4,557 19.8% 1,232 7.1% 440
1916 39.0% 1,389 53.1% 1,893 7.9% 282
1912 15.7% 460 36.3% 1,068 48.0% 1,411
1908 56.7% 1,618 36.6% 1,043 6.8% 193
1904 81.8% 2,394 11.3% 330 6.9% 202
1900 64.6% 1,844 30.8% 879 4.6% 131
1896 52.8% 1,623 44.0% 1,351 3.2% 98
1892 50.9% 1,068 23.2% 486 26.0% 545

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographical Names, p. 311 (1920). Accessed 13 March 2019
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 193.
  5. ^ a b c d Lyon County MN Google Maps (accessed 13 March 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude/Lyon County MN" Google Maps (accessed 13 March 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 69-70. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 9, 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°25′N 95°50′W / 44.41°N 95.84°W / 44.41; -95.84