Pope County, Minnesota
|Founded||February 20, 1862 (created)|
|Named for||John Pope|
|• Total||717 sq mi (1,860 km2)|
|• Land||670 sq mi (1,700 km2)|
|• Water||47 sq mi (120 km2) 6.6%%|
|• Density||16.9/sq mi (6.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Pope County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,308. Its county seat is Glenwood. The county was formed in 1862 and organized in 1866.
The Chippewa River flows south through the county's western part. The Little Chippewa River flows south-southwest through its central part, discharging into the Chippewa southeast of Cyrus. The East Branch Chippewa River flows south-southwest through the eastern part of the county toward its union with the Chippewa in neighboring Swift County. The county terrain consists of low rolling hills, carved with drainages and dotted with lakes and ponds. The area is devoted to agriculture. The terrain slopes to the south and west, with its highest point near the northeast corner at 1,388' (423m) ASL. The county has an area of 717 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 670 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (6.6%) is water.
- Glenwood Municipal Airport (D32)
- Starbuck Municipal Airport (GHW)
- Bruce Hitman Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area
- Farwell State Wildlife Management Area
- Glacial Lakes State Park
- Langhei Scientific and Natural Area
- Little Jo State Wildlife Management Area
- Lowry State Wildlife Management Area
- New Prairie State Wildlife Management Area
- Noordmans State Wildlife Management Area
- Skarpness State Wildlife Management Area
- Van Luik State Wildlife Management Area
- Wade State Wildlife Management Area
- Amelia Lake
- Goose Lake
- Lake Emily
- Lake Johanna
- Lake Minnewaska
- Lake Reno (part)
- Lake Simon
- Pelican Lake
- Pike Lake
- Scandinavian Lake
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 11,236 people, 4,513 households, and 3,064 families in the county. The population density was 16.8/sqmi (6.47/km2). There were 5,827 housing units at an average density of 8.70/sqmi (3.36/km2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.8% were of Norwegian and 31.6% German ancestry.
There were 4,513 households, out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.10% 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 2.99.
The county population contained 24.80% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,633, and the median income for a family was $42,818. Males had a median income of $30,452 versus $20,511 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,032. About 5.80% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.
- Bangor Township
- Barsness Township
- Ben Wade Township
- Blue Mounds Township
- Chippewa Falls Township
- Gilchrist Township
- Glenwood Township
- Grove Lake Township
- Hoff Township
- Lake Johanna Township
- Langhei Township
- Leven Township
- Minnewaska Township
- New Prairie Township
- Nora Township
- Reno Township
- Rolling Forks Township
- Walden Township
- Westport Township
- White Bear Lake Township
Government and politics
Pope County has been a swing district in the past, but strongly supported the Republican nominee in the last three presidential elections.
|Commissioner||Nan Haggerty||District 1|
|Commissioner and Chairperson||Gordy Wagner||District 2|
|Commissioner||Paul Gerde||District 3|
|Commissioner||Larry Lindor||District 4|
|Commissioner||Cody Rogahn||District 5|
|Senate||Torrey Westrom||Republican||District 12|
|House of Representatives||Jeff Backer||Republican||District 12A|
|House of Representatives||Paul Anderson||Republican||District 12B|
|House of Representatives||Collin Peterson||Democrat||7th|
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- Pope County government’s website
- Pope County Historical Society
- Pope County GenWeb Project Helping people find their roots in Pope County. Part of the MNGenWeb and USGenWeb Projects.