Murray County, Minnesota

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Murray County, Minnesota
Murray County Government Center.JPG
Murray County Government Center in Slayton, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Murray County
Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857 (created)
1872 (organized)[1]
Named for William Pitt Murray, who served in various positions within government
Seat Slayton
Largest city Slayton
Area
 • Total 720 sq mi (1,865 km2)
 • Land 705 sq mi (1,826 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 8,329
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km2)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.murray-countymn.com

Murray County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 8,725 at the 2010 census.[2] Its county seat is Slayton.[3] The county was formed in 1857 and organized in 1872.

History[edit]

During the 1880s, there was a "war" to decide whether Currie or Slayton would be the county seat.[4]

In the history of record keeping, Minnesota has been struck by two F-5 tornadoes, and both occurred in Murray County: the Chandler-Lake Wilson Tornado (June 16, 1992) and the Tracy Tornado (June 13, 1968) that began in Murray County before crossing north into Lyon County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.[5] The Mississippi-Missouri watershed divide runs through the western part of the county, near Chandler, along what is locally known as Buffalo Ridge. The highest point is in Chanarambie Township, over 1920 feet above sea level.[6]

Soils of Murray County [7]
Soils of Lake Shetek State Park area

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
186029
1870209620.7%
18803,6041,624.4%
18906,69285.7%
190011,91178.0%
191011,755−1.3%
192013,63116.0%
193013,9022.0%
194015,0608.3%
195014,801−1.7%
196014,743−0.4%
197012,508−15.2%
198011,507−8.0%
19909,660−16.1%
20009,165−5.1%
20108,725−4.8%
Est. 20168,329[9]−4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census,[14] there were 9,165 people, 3,722 households, and 2,601 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,357 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.3% were of German, 12.9% Norwegian, 12.5% Dutch and 5.1% Swedish ancestry.

There were 3,722 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,966, and the median income for a family was $40,893. Males had a median income of $27,101 versus $19,636 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,936. About 6.30% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.7% 2,974 27.7% 1,295 8.6% 399
2012 52.5% 2,504 45.3% 2,160 2.2% 103
2008 48.2% 2,320 48.7% 2,345 3.1% 148
2004 54.4% 2,719 44.4% 2,218 1.2% 61
2000 50.6% 2,407 44.0% 2,093 5.3% 253
1996 39.2% 1,907 44.6% 2,173 16.2% 789
1992 30.9% 1,609 38.2% 1,993 30.9% 1,611
1988 44.4% 2,316 54.5% 2,840 1.1% 56
1984 49.9% 2,780 49.2% 2,741 1.0% 54
1980 48.6% 3,004 43.9% 2,714 7.6% 468
1976 40.7% 2,605 57.6% 3,685 1.7% 109
1972 49.9% 2,959 48.8% 2,893 1.3% 75
1968 49.4% 2,906 45.2% 2,662 5.4% 320
1964 37.8% 2,325 62.1% 3,822 0.1% 5
1960 52.6% 3,357 47.2% 3,009 0.2% 11
1956 54.6% 3,261 45.1% 2,695 0.3% 15
1952 65.2% 4,054 34.5% 2,145 0.4% 24
1948 34.8% 1,951 64.2% 3,594 1.0% 57
1944 50.7% 2,585 48.9% 2,495 0.4% 22
1940 48.5% 3,044 51.0% 3,203 0.5% 34
1936 27.3% 1,601 67.1% 3,926 5.6% 328
1932 28.2% 1,314 70.1% 3,264 1.7% 80
1928 55.3% 2,602 44.1% 2,078 0.6% 29
1924 45.8% 2,034 7.5% 334 46.7% 2,073
1920 79.2% 3,270 16.9% 698 4.0% 163
1916 46.6% 1,137 48.9% 1,193 4.4% 108
1912 17.2% 388 34.3% 775 48.5% 1,095
1908 60.3% 1,293 35.5% 762 4.2% 90
1904 70.9% 1,464 26.0% 537 3.2% 65
1900 60.7% 1,358 36.5% 816 2.9% 64
1896 52.3% 1,204 45.8% 1,054 2.0% 46
1892 36.9% 586 32.6% 517 30.5% 485

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. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Early W. Murray Co. MN Hist., pages 76-77, retrieved August 3, 2007
  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. ^ "Buffalo Ridge, Minnesota". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 69-70. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ Murray County Minnesota - Lime Lake Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved August 3, 2007
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States 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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 95°46′W / 44.02°N 95.76°W / 44.02; -95.76