Pine County, Minnesota

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Pine County, Minnesota
PineCountyMNcourthouse.JPG
Pine County Courthouse, Pine City
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pine 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 1, 1856 (created)
1872 (organized)[1]
Named for The abundant pine trees in the area[2]
Seat Pine City
Largest city Pine City
Area
 • Total 1,435 sq mi (3,717 km2)
 • Land 1,411 sq mi (3,654 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2), 1.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 28,874
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.pine.mn.us

Pine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,750.[3] Its county seat is Pine City.[4] The county was formed in 1856 and organized in 1872.

A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.

History[edit]

Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.

In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City becoming the new county seat. Pine County has been featured in a series of Mysteries written by Dean Hovey. The titles include: Where Evil Hides, Hooker, Unforgettable, and Undeveloped.[5] Each of the Hovey books has been nominated for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) for their depiction of life in the area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,435 square miles (3,720 km2), of which 1,411 square miles (3,650 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.6%) is water.[6]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 92
1870 648 604.3%
1880 1,365 110.6%
1890 4,052 196.8%
1900 11,546 184.9%
1910 15,878 37.5%
1920 21,117 33.0%
1930 20,264 −4.0%
1940 21,478 6.0%
1950 18,223 −15.2%
1960 17,004 −6.7%
1970 16,821 −1.1%
1980 19,871 18.1%
1990 21,264 7.0%
2000 26,530 24.8%
2010 29,750 12.1%
Est. 2016 28,874 [7] −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[3]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 26,530 people, 9,939 households, and 6,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 15,353 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.9% White, 2.0% Black or African American, 3.1% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.3% were of German, 11.6% Swedish, 11.1% Norwegian and 5.5% American ancestry.

There were 17,276 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 25.10% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $44,058. Males had a median income of $31,600 versus $22,675 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,445. About 7.80% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 59.3% 8,191 33.2% 4,580 7.5% 1,040
2012 49.0% 6,845 48.3% 6,750 2.7% 370
2008 47.7% 6,862 49.3% 7,084 3.0% 437
2004 48.4% 7,033 49.8% 7,228 1.8% 257
2000 44.8% 5,854 47.1% 6,148 8.2% 1,066
1996 29.9% 3,080 52.7% 5,432 17.4% 1,796
1992 26.3% 2,841 45.6% 4,929 28.1% 3,043
1988 40.5% 3,857 58.2% 5,540 1.2% 116
1984 46.0% 4,493 53.4% 5,223 0.6% 63
1980 40.3% 3,899 52.9% 5,121 6.9% 667
1976 34.4% 3,057 61.2% 5,442 4.4% 388
1972 48.4% 3,881 47.3% 3,794 4.3% 342
1968 36.4% 2,591 56.8% 4,044 6.8% 482
1964 30.7% 2,279 69.0% 5,123 0.2% 18
1960 44.9% 3,450 54.8% 4,211 0.3% 26
1956 45.5% 3,204 54.4% 3,829 0.1% 8
1952 52.9% 4,255 45.9% 3,692 1.1% 91
1948 36.5% 3,069 59.2% 4,978 4.3% 360
1944 43.9% 3,433 55.3% 4,332 0.8% 64
1940 43.1% 4,106 55.3% 5,263 1.7% 157
1936 28.4% 2,452 67.1% 5,797 4.5% 389
1932 29.5% 2,304 62.3% 4,862 8.1% 635
1928 56.5% 4,278 42.1% 3,185 1.4% 105
1924 42.0% 2,706 7.3% 469 50.7% 3,263
1920 66.8% 3,879 19.4% 1,127 13.8% 798
1916 44.4% 1,531 43.7% 1,507 11.9% 412
1912 17.0% 513 25.8% 777 57.1% 1,720
1908 56.4% 1,548 29.2% 802 14.3% 393
1904 74.2% 1,743 19.7% 463 6.1% 142
1900 59.1% 1,121 38.3% 726 2.7% 51
1896 55.5% 1,152 42.1% 875 2.4% 50
1892 48.4% 538 41.2% 458 10.4% 115

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 410. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Hovey, Dean (2012). Create Space Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1475052545
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 46°08′N 92°44′W / 46.14°N 92.74°W / 46.14; -92.74