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Waseca County, Minnesota

Waseca County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County
Location in the 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
 • (2010) 19,136
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.mn.waseca.cowww

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

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Lakes 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • Adjacent counties 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Townships 3.2
    • Unincorporated communities 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total 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.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[6]

The Le Sueur River flows through a part of the county.

Lakes

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

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

Cities

Townships

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  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. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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. 

External links

  • Waseca.com - Waseca's Information Site
  • Waseca County government’s website

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