Steele County, Minnesota

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Steele County, Minnesota
CourthouseSteeleCountyMN.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Steele 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 20, 1855[1]
Named for Franklin Steele
Seat Owatonna
Largest city Owatonna
Area
 • Total 432 sq mi (1,119 km2)
 • Land 430 sq mi (1,114 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 36,805
 • Density 85/sq mi (33/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.steele.mn.us

Steele County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,576.[2] Its county seat is Owatonna.[3] The county was named for Franklin Steele, a prominent early resident of the state.[4]

Steele County comprises the Owatonna, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 432 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 430 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[6]
Soils of Somerset WMA area

The Straight River flows northward through the county, and the Le Sueur River flows through its southwestern corner. The Middle Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the county's northeast.[7]

Lakes[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,863
1870 8,271 188.9%
1880 12,400 49.9%
1890 13,232 6.7%
1900 16,524 24.9%
1910 16,146 −2.3%
1920 18,061 11.9%
1930 18,475 2.3%
1940 19,749 6.9%
1950 21,155 7.1%
1960 25,029 18.3%
1970 26,931 7.6%
1980 30,328 12.6%
1990 30,729 1.3%
2000 33,680 9.6%
2010 36,575 8.6%
Est. 2016 36,805 [8] 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census,[13] there were 33,680 people, 12,846 households, and 9,082 families residing in the county. The population density was 78 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 13,306 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.19% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.65% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 3.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.6% were of German, 18.5% Norwegian, 5.2% Czech and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 12,846 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,106, and the median income for a family was $53,981. Males had a median income of $36,366 versus $25,054 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,328. About 4.20% of families and 6.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 58.4% 11,198 32.5% 6,241 9.1% 1,740
2012 51.8% 9,903 45.5% 8,706 2.7% 515
2008 51.2% 10,068 45.9% 9,016 2.9% 572
2004 55.6% 10,389 42.8% 7,994 1.7% 312
2000 51.2% 8,223 43.0% 6,900 5.9% 943
1996 37.5% 5,617 46.6% 6,974 15.9% 2,373
1992 37.8% 5,964 32.6% 5,152 29.6% 4,673
1988 58.6% 7,981 40.4% 5,496 1.0% 133
1984 63.1% 8,780 36.4% 5,060 0.5% 70
1980 54.7% 7,805 35.7% 5,095 9.7% 1,379
1976 51.7% 7,053 45.9% 6,263 2.4% 331
1972 64.7% 7,678 33.8% 4,010 1.5% 180
1968 55.3% 6,193 41.4% 4,631 3.3% 366
1964 44.6% 4,882 55.1% 6,022 0.3% 35
1960 60.1% 6,795 39.7% 4,491 0.1% 15
1956 65.9% 6,435 33.7% 3,293 0.4% 36
1952 71.0% 6,956 28.8% 2,819 0.3% 29
1948 50.5% 4,451 48.8% 4,305 0.7% 60
1944 58.9% 4,760 40.9% 3,307 0.2% 15
1940 60.0% 5,517 39.9% 3,668 0.2% 14
1936 41.0% 3,373 54.5% 4,481 4.5% 370
1932 43.2% 3,365 55.4% 4,318 1.4% 107
1928 62.5% 4,744 37.2% 2,826 0.3% 25
1924 59.5% 3,598 13.2% 796 27.3% 1,653
1920 76.5% 4,243 21.0% 1,167 2.5% 140
1916 52.2% 1,734 45.1% 1,497 2.7% 91
1912 20.3% 651 40.4% 1,294 39.2% 1,255
1908 57.1% 1,899 38.6% 1,284 4.3% 142
1904 63.4% 2,095 32.3% 1,067 4.3% 141
1900 58.3% 1,833 37.8% 1,188 3.9% 122
1896 59.4% 2,046 36.2% 1,248 4.4% 150
1892 48.7% 1,396 45.3% 1,299 6.0% 171

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 531. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43 - 48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. pp. 24, 33. ISBN 0-89933-222-6. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 93°13′W / 44.02°N 93.22°W / 44.02; -93.22