Freeborn County, Minnesota

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Freeborn County, Minnesota
Freeborn County Courthouse

Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota

Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855[1]
Named for William Freeborn
Seat Albert Lea
Largest city Albert Lea
Area
 • Total 722 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land 707 sq mi (1,831 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 30,446
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.freeborn.mn.us

Freeborn County is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,255.[2] Its county seat is Albert Lea.[3]

Freeborn County comprises the Albert Lea, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Freeborn County was established in 1855.[4] It is named for William Freeborn, an early Minnesota politician.[5]

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[6]
Soils of Island in Myhre-Big Island State Park

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 707 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.[7] The Le Sueur River, a tributary of the Minnesota River, begins in the northern part of the county.

Lakes

Freeborn County has 16 lakes, mostly in the western half of the county.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,367
1870 10,578 214.2%
1880 16,069 51.9%
1890 17,962 11.8%
1900 21,838 21.6%
1910 22,282 2.0%
1920 24,692 10.8%
1930 28,741 16.4%
1940 31,780 10.6%
1950 34,517 8.6%
1960 37,891 9.8%
1970 38,064 0.5%
1980 36,329 −4.6%
1990 33,060 −9.0%
2000 32,584 −1.4%
2010 31,255 −4.1%
Est. 2016 30,446 [8] −2.6%
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, there were 32,584 people, 13,356 households, and 9,015 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 13,996 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.92% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.8% were of Norwegian, 26.2% German and 5.8% Danish ancestry.

There were 13,356 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,964, and the median income for a family was $45,142. Males had a median income of $31,491 versus $21,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,325. About 5.60% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 54.9% 8,808 37.6% 6,041 7.5% 1,202
2012 41.7% 6,969 55.8% 9,326 2.5% 411
2008 40.3% 6,955 57.4% 9,915 2.4% 410
2004 43.5% 7,681 55.1% 9,733 1.4% 252
2000 42.4% 6,843 52.8% 8,514 4.9% 782
1996 32.3% 5,166 52.9% 8,458 14.8% 2,364
1992 28.6% 5,089 43.6% 7,759 27.9% 4,965
1988 44.6% 7,226 54.5% 8,836 1.0% 156
1984 47.1% 8,413 52.3% 9,338 0.7% 116
1980 47.7% 8,475 46.2% 8,212 6.2% 1,098
1976 45.6% 8,220 52.6% 9,470 1.8% 328
1972 56.9% 9,747 41.8% 7,163 1.3% 220
1968 44.2% 7,315 52.4% 8,671 3.5% 577
1964 36.7% 6,136 63.2% 10,554 0.1% 19
1960 52.7% 8,970 47.1% 8,018 0.1% 22
1956 51.6% 7,632 48.3% 7,138 0.1% 11
1952 56.3% 8,450 43.4% 6,525 0.3% 46
1948 39.5% 5,238 58.9% 7,825 1.6% 213
1944 46.8% 5,728 53.0% 6,486 0.3% 32
1940 48.9% 6,683 50.8% 6,942 0.4% 55
1936 37.8% 4,653 60.0% 7,378 2.2% 274
1932 44.6% 4,931 52.8% 5,838 2.6% 283
1928 72.7% 7,815 26.6% 2,859 0.7% 76
1924 63.8% 6,139 5.0% 480 31.3% 3,011
1920 82.0% 6,772 13.7% 1,131 4.4% 360
1916 60.1% 2,418 33.5% 1,347 6.5% 260
1912 17.0% 672 22.3% 880 60.7% 2,392
1908 61.1% 2,465 24.2% 976 14.7% 591
1904 78.2% 2,876 12.5% 461 9.3% 341
1900 74.2% 2,934 21.2% 838 4.7% 184
1896 72.3% 3,400 25.1% 1,179 2.7% 127
1892 61.3% 2,004 22.7% 743 16.0% 524

See also

References

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 198. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp 43–48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links

Coordinates: 43°40′N 93°21′W / 43.67°N 93.35°W / 43.67; -93.35