Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
|Mille Lacs County, Minnesota|
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||May 23, 1857|
|Named for||Mille Lacs Lake|
|• Total||682 sq mi (1,766 km2)|
|• Land||572 sq mi (1,481 km2)|
|• Water||109 sq mi (282 km2), 16%|
|• Density||46/sq mi (18/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
Mille Lacs County (/
A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.
The name Mille Lacs, meaning "thousand lakes" in French, was associated with Mille Lacs Lake in the region. (Its full name in French was Grand lac du Pays des Mille Lacs.) This is the largest lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area, which was called "Region of the Thousand Lakes" (Pays des Mille Lacs) by French colonists and traders.
Mille Lacs County was organized on May 23, 1857, cleaving off the eastern part of Benton County, Minnesota. The original Mille Lacs County consisted of the portion of the contemporary Mille Lacs County east of the west branch of the Rum River and two townships now part of Isanti County, adjacent to Mille Lacs County. In 1858, the 12 townships forming the contemporary southern 10 townships of Mille Lacs County and the two northwestern townships in Isanti County were organized apart from Benton and Mille Lacs Counties to form Monroe County, leaving the northern "Square Top-knot" as Mille Lacs County. In 1860, Monroe and Mille Lacs Counties merged. Shortly thereafter, the two southeastern townships were transferred to Isanti County, forming the contemporary boundaries for the county.
- U.S. Highway 169
- Minnesota State Highway 18
- Minnesota State Highway 23
- Minnesota State Highway 27
- Minnesota State Highway 47
- Minnesota State Highway 95
- Aitkin County (north)
- Kanabec County (northeast)
- Isanti County (southeast)
- Sherburne County (south)
- Benton County (southwest)
- Morrison County (west)
- Crow Wing County (northwest)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 census, there were 22,330 people, 8,638 households, and 6,003 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 10,467 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.55% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 4.68% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.9% were of German, 14.4% Swedish and 14.2% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 8,638 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,977, and the median income for a family was $44,054. Males had a median income of $32,348 versus $22,036 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,656. About 6.70% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.
- Vineland (Neyaashiing)
- Burnhelm Siding
- Soule's Crossing
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- Mille Lacs County government’s website
- Minnesota Department of Transportation map of Mille Lacs County