Redwood County, Minnesota

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Redwood County, Minnesota
Lower Sioux Agency warehouse.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Redwood County
Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1862[1]
Named for Redwood River[2]
Seat Redwood Falls
Largest city Redwood Falls
Area
 • Total 882 sq mi (2,284 km2)
 • Land 879 sq mi (2,277 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 15,263
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km2)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.redwood.mn.us

Redwood County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,059.[3] Its county seat is Redwood Falls, located along the Redwood River near its confluence with the Minnesota River.[4] The largely rural area is devoted to commodity crops of corn and soybeans.

The Lower Sioux Indian Reservation (also known as the Mdewakankton Tribal Reservation) is entirely within the county, along the southern bank of the Minnesota River in Paxton and Sherman townships. In the 2000 census, it had a population of 335 persons.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 882 square miles (2,280 km2), of which 879 square miles (2,280 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5]

Soils of Redwood County[6]
Ramsey Falls

The Redwood River flows through the county to its confluence with the Minnesota River downstream of the county seat of Redwood Falls.

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18701,829
18805,375193.9%
18909,88683.9%
190017,26174.6%
191018,4256.7%
192020,90813.5%
193020,620−1.4%
194022,2908.1%
195022,127−0.7%
196021,718−1.8%
197020,024−7.8%
198019,341−3.4%
199017,254−10.8%
200016,815−2.5%
201016,059−4.5%
Est. 201615,263[7]−5.0%
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 16,815 people, 6,674 households, and 4,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 7,230 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.97% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 3.24% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 55.8% were of German and 13.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 6,674 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,352, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $30,251 versus $21,481 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,903. About 5.50% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities and townships of Redwood County

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated Communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 67.5% 5,137 24.8% 1,887 7.7% 587
2012 58.7% 4,570 38.6% 3,008 2.7% 212
2008 55.2% 4,308 41.6% 3,250 3.2% 248
2004 60.2% 4,898 38.1% 3,104 1.7% 137
2000 59.2% 4,589 34.6% 2,681 6.2% 478
1996 47.1% 3,700 38.2% 2,997 14.7% 1,154
1992 38.2% 3,408 30.7% 2,740 31.0% 2,765
1988 60.7% 5,076 38.0% 3,178 1.2% 104
1984 66.5% 6,020 32.6% 2,957 0.9% 82
1980 61.8% 5,993 30.4% 2,952 7.8% 754
1976 50.2% 4,926 46.1% 4,525 3.8% 371
1972 62.4% 5,776 34.3% 3,177 3.2% 299
1968 55.3% 5,134 39.6% 3,680 5.1% 471
1964 49.0% 4,546 50.9% 4,722 0.1% 9
1960 60.5% 5,893 39.4% 3,839 0.1% 14
1956 66.1% 5,956 33.7% 3,039 0.1% 11
1952 72.3% 7,093 27.5% 2,695 0.2% 22
1948 49.3% 4,160 49.5% 4,182 1.2% 103
1944 65.1% 5,428 34.6% 2,886 0.4% 29
1940 62.4% 6,105 37.2% 3,637 0.4% 40
1936 36.6% 3,286 55.3% 4,965 8.0% 721
1932 35.2% 2,634 63.2% 4,727 1.6% 119
1928 63.2% 5,111 35.8% 2,899 1.0% 79
1924 50.7% 3,342 6.7% 443 42.6% 2,812
1920 83.1% 5,589 13.1% 880 3.9% 259
1916 57.0% 2,029 38.2% 1,361 4.8% 171
1912 17.1% 542 35.5% 1,126 47.4% 1,506
1908 59.9% 1,821 35.4% 1,076 4.8% 145
1904 79.6% 2,194 16.8% 462 3.6% 99
1900 66.5% 2,127 28.7% 918 4.9% 156
1896 60.6% 1,818 37.4% 1,123 2.0% 59
1892 43.5% 1,155 24.3% 645 32.2% 853

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 448. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 69 - 70. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. 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

Further reading[edit]

  • Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, The History of Redwood County, Minnesota. In Two Volumes. Chicago: H.C. Cooper Jr. and Co., 1916. Volume 1 | Volume 2

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°24′N 95°15′W / 44.40°N 95.25°W / 44.40; -95.25