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Carlton County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Carlton County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 23, 1857 (created)
1870 (organized)
Seat Carlton
Largest City Cloquet
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

875 sq mi (2,266 km²)
861 sq mi (2,230 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 1.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

35,569
41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.carlton.mn.us
Named for: Reuben B. Carlton

Carlton County is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,386. Its county seat is Carlton. A portion of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation is in the county. The county was formed in 1857 and organized in 1870.

Carlton County is included in the Duluth, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 875 square miles (2,270 km2), of which 861 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-27.svg Minnesota State Highway 27
  • MN-33.svg Minnesota State Highway 33
  • MN-45.svg Minnesota State Highway 45
  • MN-73.svg Minnesota State Highway 73
  • MN-210.svg Minnesota State Highway 210
  • MN-289.svg Minnesota State Highway 289

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Carlton have ranged from a low of 1 °F (−17 °C) in January to a high of 80 °F (27 °C) in July, although a record low of −45 °F (−43 °C) was recorded in January 1912 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.87 inches (22 mm) in February to 4.34 inches (110 mm) in September.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 51
1870 286 460.8%
1880 1,230 330.1%
1890 5,272 328.6%
1900 10,017 90.0%
1910 17,559 75.3%
1920 19,391 10.4%
1930 21,232 9.5%
1940 24,212 14.0%
1950 24,584 1.5%
1960 27,932 13.6%
1970 28,072 0.5%
1980 29,936 6.6%
1990 29,259 −2.3%
2000 31,671 8.2%
2010 35,386 11.7%
Est. 2015 35,569 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 35,386 people residing in the county. 89.7% were White, 5.9% Native American, 1.4% Black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% of some other race and 2.4% of two or more races. 1.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 16.4% were of German, 13.5% Finnish, 8.9% Norwegian, 8.6% Swedish and 5.6% American ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,671 people, 12,064 households, and 8,408 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,721 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.75% White, 0.97% Black or African American, 5.19% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.5% were of German, 16.9% Finnish, 12.5% Norwegian, 11.8% Swedish and 5.8% Polish ancestry. 95.5% spoke English, 1.8% Finnish and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 12,064 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.20 males.

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

The median income for a household in the county was $40,021, and the median income for a family was $48,406. Males had a median income of $38,788 versus $25,555 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,073. About 5.40% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.20% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Atkinson Township
  • Automba Township
  • Barnum Township
  • Beseman Township
  • Blackhoof Township
  • Eagle Township
  • Holyoke Township
  • Kalevala Township
  • Lakeview Township
  • Mahtowa Township
  • Moose Lake Township
  • Perch Lake Township
  • Silver Township
  • Silver Brook Township
  • Skelton Township
  • Split Rock Township
  • Thomson Township
  • Twin Lakes Township
  • Wrenshall Township

Unorganized territories

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


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