Waseca County, Minnesota

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Waseca County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 27, 1857 [1]
Named forThe Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area.
Largest cityWaseca
 • Total433 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Land423 sq mi (1,096 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (25 km2), 2.21%
 • (2000)19,526
 • Density46/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Waseca County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 19,526. Its county seat is WasecaTemplate:GR.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 433 square miles (1,121 km²), of which 423 square miles (1,096 km²) is land and 10 square miles (25 km²) (2.21%) is water. The Le Sueur River flows through a part of the county.


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Adjacent counties


Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, 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 according to Census 2000.

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.

Cities and towns

Cities Townships

† Elysian is primarily in Le Sueur County, but a part extends into Waseca County.


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