Pope County, Minnesota

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Pope County
The 1930 Beaux-Arts, Pope County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pope County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°35′N 95°27′W / 45.59°N 95.45°W / 45.59; -95.45
Country United States
State Minnesota
FoundedFebruary 20, 1862 (created)
1866 (organized)
Named forJohn Pope
SeatGlenwood
Largest cityGlenwood
Area
 • Total717 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land670 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Water47 sq mi (120 km2)  6.6%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total10,995
 • Estimate 
(2019)
11,249
 • Density16.4/sq mi (6.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.co.pope.mn.us

Pope County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,995.[1] Its county seat is Glenwood.[2] The county was formed in 1862 and organized in 1866.

History[edit]

Pope County was identified by the state legislature in 1862[3] and named for John Pope, a Union Army general who had worked as a surveyor in the area.[4] Its organization was effected in 1866.

Pope County was the location of several protests against the CU Powerline in the 1970s.

Geography[edit]

Soils of Pope County[5]
Soils of Glacial Lakes State Park area

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.[6] The terrain slopes to the south and west, with its highest point near the northeast corner at 1,388' (423m) ASL.[7] 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.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[6][edit]

  • Glenwood Municipal Airport (D32)
  • Starbuck Municipal Airport (GHW)

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[6][edit]

  • 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

Major lakes[6][edit]

  • Amelia Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Lake Emily
  • Lake Johanna
  • Lake Minnewaska
  • Lake Reno (part)
  • Lake Simon
  • Pelican Lake
  • Pike Lake
  • Scandinavian Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18702,691
18805,874118.3%
189010,03270.8%
190012,57725.4%
191012,7461.3%
192013,6316.9%
193013,085−4.0%
194013,5443.5%
195012,862−5.0%
196011,914−7.4%
197011,107−6.8%
198011,6575.0%
199010,745−7.8%
200011,2364.6%
201010,995−2.1%
Est. 201911,249[9]2.3%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2019[1]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2000 census[edit]

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.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

Townships[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

Pope County has been a swing district in the past, but strongly supported the Republican nominee in the last two presidential elections.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 60.0% 3,793 33.3% 2,106 6.6% 420
2012 50.3% 3,142 47.7% 2,981 2.0% 123
2008 47.0% 3,069 50.8% 3,317 2.3% 150
2004 49.3% 3,303 49.3% 3,301 1.4% 96
2000 46.9% 2,808 46.3% 2,771 6.8% 408
1996 36.0% 1,992 50.7% 2,803 13.3% 734
1992 31.6% 1,886 43.9% 2,619 24.5% 1,465
1988 45.5% 2,627 53.2% 3,074 1.3% 75
1984 52.3% 3,064 47.0% 2,757 0.7% 41
1980 51.3% 3,159 41.1% 2,527 7.6% 467
1976 36.7% 2,251 61.1% 3,746 2.1% 130
1972 45.9% 2,610 51.2% 2,910 2.8% 161
1968 46.7% 2,504 48.3% 2,592 5.1% 272
1964 38.4% 2,213 61.6% 3,549 0.0% 2
1960 51.4% 3,062 48.4% 2,883 0.2% 13
1956 51.3% 2,725 48.5% 2,577 0.1% 7
1952 60.0% 3,593 39.8% 2,381 0.2% 14
1948 38.7% 2,114 59.5% 3,251 1.8% 97
1944 48.3% 2,607 51.5% 2,781 0.2% 13
1940 46.1% 2,805 53.6% 3,266 0.3% 19
1936 35.7% 1,869 61.1% 3,200 3.3% 173
1932 31.5% 1,688 66.6% 3,571 2.0% 106
1928 66.1% 3,382 32.6% 1,667 1.3% 65
1924 45.9% 2,079 3.3% 151 50.8% 2,301
1920 76.3% 3,466 15.6% 709 8.0% 365
1916 51.2% 1,321 43.4% 1,121 5.4% 139
1912 16.6% 379 19.4% 443 63.9% 1,457
1908 76.9% 1,794 18.9% 442 4.2% 98
1904 88.2% 1,729 8.1% 159 3.7% 73
1900 76.4% 1,774 20.7% 481 2.9% 67
1896 70.5% 1,773 27.4% 688 2.1% 53
1892 57.3% 1,037 15.6% 282 27.1% 490
County Board of Commissioners
Position Name District
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
State Legislature (2018-2020)
Position Name Affiliation District
  Senate Torrey Westrom[15] Republican District 12
  House of Representatives Jeff Backer[16] Republican District 12A
  House of Representatives Paul Anderson[17] Republican District 12B
U.S Congress (2018-2020)
Position Name Affiliation District
  House of Representatives Collin Peterson[18] Democrat 7th
  Senate Amy Klobuchar[19] Democrat N/A
  Senate Tina Smith[20] Democrat N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 430.
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 65-67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ a b c d Pope County MN Google Maps (accessed April 17, 2019)
  7. ^ ""Find an Altitude/Pope County MN" Google Maps (accessed April 17, 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "MN State Senate". www.senate.mn. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  16. ^ "Rep. Jeff Backer (12A) - Minnesota House of Representatives". www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  17. ^ "Rep. Paul Anderson (12B) - Minnesota House of Representatives". www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  18. ^ "Congressman Collin Peterson". Congressman Collin Peterson. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  19. ^ "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". www.klobuchar.senate.gov. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  20. ^ "Home". Senator Tina Smith. Retrieved 2020-06-24.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°35′N 95°27′W / 45.59°N 95.45°W / 45.59; -95.45