Waseca County, Minnesota

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Waseca County, Minnesota
Waseca County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca 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 27, 1857[1]
Named for Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area[2]
Seat Waseca
Largest city Waseca
Area
 • Total 433 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Land 423 sq mi (1,096 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2), 2.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 18,911
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.waseca.mn.us

Waseca County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,136.[3] Its county seat is Waseca.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 433 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 423 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (2.2%) is water.[5] Waseca is one of seven southern Minnesota counties that have no forest ecosystems, only prairie and savanna soils exist in these counties.

Soils of Waseca County[6]

The Le Sueur River flows through part of the county.

Lakes[edit]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,601
1870 7,854 202.0%
1880 12,385 57.7%
1890 13,313 7.5%
1900 14,760 10.9%
1910 13,466 −8.8%
1920 14,133 5.0%
1930 14,412 2.0%
1940 15,186 5.4%
1950 14,957 −1.5%
1960 16,041 7.2%
1970 16,663 3.9%
1980 18,448 10.7%
1990 18,079 −2.0%
2000 19,526 8.0%
2010 19,136 −2.0%
Est. 2016 18,911 [7] −1.2%
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, there were 19,526 people, 7,059 households, and 4,990 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,427 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 2.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.6% were of German, 15.5% Norwegian, 7.4% Irish and 5.5% American ancestry.

There were 7,059 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 109.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,440, and the median income for a family was $50,081. Males had a median income of $34,380 versus $22,630 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,631. About 4.50% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 61.8% 5,967 29.4% 2,838 8.8% 848
2012 52.5% 5,116 44.8% 4,370 2.7% 261
2008 52.7% 5,211 44.5% 4,401 2.8% 276
2004 55.7% 5,457 42.6% 4,179 1.7% 164
2000 52.0% 4,608 41.7% 3,694 6.3% 562
1996 37.4% 3,171 45.1% 3,819 17.5% 1,482
1992 34.6% 3,118 34.9% 3,146 30.4% 2,742
1988 54.0% 4,471 44.9% 3,721 1.2% 95
1984 60.6% 5,509 38.8% 3,527 0.6% 55
1980 51.6% 4,801 38.0% 3,535 10.4% 965
1976 52.0% 4,582 45.5% 4,002 2.5% 221
1972 63.9% 5,064 34.9% 2,767 1.2% 95
1968 56.4% 4,292 40.2% 3,057 3.4% 256
1964 49.5% 3,570 50.3% 3,633 0.2% 14
1960 63.4% 4,838 36.6% 2,793 0.1% 5
1956 67.7% 4,663 32.2% 2,215 0.2% 11
1952 69.8% 4,962 30.0% 2,132 0.3% 19
1948 52.6% 3,511 46.7% 3,120 0.7% 49
1944 65.0% 4,146 34.6% 2,207 0.4% 22
1940 62.6% 4,515 37.1% 2,673 0.4% 25
1936 39.1% 2,482 55.5% 3,520 5.5% 346
1932 34.1% 2,012 64.5% 3,805 1.5% 86
1928 56.9% 3,251 42.4% 2,418 0.7% 41
1924 37.1% 2,081 7.9% 442 55.0% 3,082
1920 71.8% 3,626 24.9% 1,257 3.3% 168
1916 54.1% 1,522 41.9% 1,178 4.0% 113
1912 20.5% 553 39.4% 1,062 40.1% 1,079[13]
1908 55.0% 1,455 41.0% 1,085 4.0% 106
1904 70.1% 1,714 25.8% 631 4.1% 99
1900 58.5% 1,744 38.7% 1,155 2.8% 84
1896 58.8% 1,902 38.5% 1,244 2.8% 89
1892 44.9% 1,090 42.9% 1,042 12.3% 298

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. 564. 
  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. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011) Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43 - 48. 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 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  13. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 940 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 63 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 62 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 14 votes.

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 93°35′W / 44.02°N 93.59°W / 44.02; -93.59