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Brown County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 20, 1855 (created)
1856 (organized)
Seat New Ulm
Largest City New Ulm
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

618 sq mi (1,601 km²)
611 sq mi (1,582 km²)
7.4 sq mi (19 km²), 1.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

25,313
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.brown.mn.us
Named for: Joseph Renshaw Brown

Brown County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,893. Its county seat is New Ulm. The county was formed in 1855 and organized in 1856.

Brown County comprises the New Ulm, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Mankato-New Ulm-North Mankato, MN Combined Statistical Area.

History

Brown County was founded in 1855. It was named for Joseph Renshaw Brown, a member of the Governor's Council of Minnesota in 1855.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 611 square miles (1,580 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

The Minnesota River flows along the county's northern boundary; two of its tributaries, the Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Rivers, flow eastwardly through the county.

Lakes

  • Altermatt Lake: almost entirely in Leavenworth Township, but the southern shore extends into Mulligan Township
  • Bachelor Lake: in Stark Township
  • Boise Lake: in Burnstown Township
  • Clear Lake: in Sigel Township
  • Gilman Lake: in Stark Township
  • Horseshoe Lake: in Milford Township
  • Juni Lake: in Sigel Township
  • Lake Cottonwood: in Cottonwood Township
  • Lake Hanska: eastern half is in Lake Hanska Township; western half is in Albin Township
  • Linden Lake: in Linden Township
  • Lone Tree Lake: in Eden Township
  • Omsrud Lake: in Lake Hanska Township
  • School Lake: in Sigel Township
  • Sleepy Eye Lake: in Home Township
  • Zanders Lake: mostly in Stark Township, but the eastern fifth is in Sigel Township

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • MN-4.svg Minnesota State Highway 4
  • MN-15.svg Minnesota State Highway 15
  • MN-68.svg Minnesota State Highway 68
  • MN-257.svg Minnesota State Highway 257

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

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precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of New Ulm have ranged from a low of 6 °F (−14 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −37 °F (−38 °C) was recorded in January 1984 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in January to 4.82 inches (122 mm) in June.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,339
1870 6,396 173.5%
1880 12,018 87.9%
1890 15,817 31.6%
1900 19,787 25.1%
1910 20,134 1.8%
1920 22,421 11.4%
1930 23,428 4.5%
1940 25,544 9.0%
1950 25,895 1.4%
1960 27,676 6.9%
1970 28,887 4.4%
1980 28,645 −0.8%
1990 26,984 −5.8%
2000 26,911 −0.3%
2010 25,893 −3.8%
Est. 2015 25,313 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,911 people, 10,598 households, and 7,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 11,163 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.82% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 67.1% were of German and 9.6% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 10,598 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,800, and the median income for a family was $49,811. Males had a median income of $32,347 versus $23,918 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,535. About 4.40% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.00% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Albin Township
  • Bashaw Township
  • Burnstown Township
  • Cottonwood Township
  • Eden Township
  • Home Township
  • Lake Hanska Township
  • Leavenworth Township
  • Linden Township
  • Milford Township
  • Mulligan Township
  • North Star Township
  • Prairieville Township
  • Sigel Township
  • Stark Township
  • Stately Township

Census-designated place

USA Brown County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

Other unincorporated communities


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