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Carver County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Carver 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
Seat Chaska
Largest City Chaska
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

376 sq mi (974 km²)
354 sq mi (917 km²)
22 sq mi (57 km²), 5.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

98,741
257/sq mi (99/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.carver.mn.us
Named for: Jonathan Carver

Carver County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 91,042. Its county seat is Chaska. Carver County is named after the explorer Jonathan Carver, who in 1766-67, traveled from Boston to the Minnesota River, and wintered among the Sioux near the site of New Ulm.

Carver County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 376 square miles (970 km2), of which 354 square miles (920 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (5.8%) is water. It is Minnesota's second-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
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Soils of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum area

Carver is one of seven southern Minnesota counties with no forest soils; only prairie ecosystems of savannas and prairies can be found in Carver County. It is also one of 17 Minnesota counties where savanna soils dominate.

Lakes

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Lake Waconia

Carver County is home to seven lakes, 235 acres or larger. Carver's largest and most notable lake is Waconia Lake. The lake is Minnesota's 73rd largest lake and the Twin Cities' second largest lake, with an area of 2,996 acres.

Township Lakes
Benton Township Barlous Lake, Benton Lake, Maria Lake, Meuwissen Lake, Myers Lake, Rice Lake, Winkler Lake
Camden Township Berliner Lake, Eagle Lake, Smith Lake
Dahlgren Township Aue Lake
Hancock Township Assumption Lake, Gaystock Lake, Maria Lake, Miller Lake,
Hollywood Township Lippert Lake
Laketown Township Carl Krey Lake, Lake Auburn, Lake Virginia, Lake Waconia, Lake Zumbra, Lunsten Lake, Marsh Lake, Parley Lake, Piersons Lake, Reitz Lake, Schutz Lake, Stieger Lake, Sunny Lake, Turbid Lake, Wasserman Lake
San Francisco Township Hallquist Lake, Kelly Lake, Long Lake, Scott Lake,
Waconia Township Burandt Lake, Donders Lake, Goose Lake, Hydes Lake, Lake Minnewashta, Lake Patterson, Lake Waconia, Rutz Lake, Swan Lake
Watertown Township Buck Lake, Goose Lake, Lippert Lake, Mud Lake, Oak Lake, Swede Lake
Young America Township Barnes Lake, Brand Lake, Braunworth Lake, Tiger Lake, Young America Lake

Major highways

  • US 212 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 212
  • MN-5.svg Minnesota State Highway 5
  • MN-7.svg Minnesota State Highway 7
  • MN-25.svg Minnesota State Highway 25
  • MN-41.svg Minnesota State Highway 41
  • MN-284.svg Minnesota State Highway 284

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Climate and weather

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Chaska have ranged from a low of 4 °F (−16 °C) in January to a high of 81 °F (27 °C) in July, although a record low of −41 °F (−41 °C) was recorded in January 1970 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.66 inches (17 mm) in February to 5.05 inches (128 mm) in August.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,106
1870 11,586 126.9%
1880 14,140 22.0%
1890 16,532 16.9%
1900 17,544 6.1%
1910 17,455 −0.5%
1920 16,946 −2.9%
1930 16,936 −0.1%
1940 17,606 4.0%
1950 18,155 3.1%
1960 21,358 17.6%
1970 28,331 32.6%
1980 37,046 30.8%
1990 47,915 29.3%
2000 70,205 46.5%
2010 91,042 29.7%
Est. 2015 98,741 8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Carver County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

2010

The ethnic makeup of the county, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, was the following:

  • 93.7% White
  • 1.5% Black
  • 0.3% American Indian
  • 2.9% Asian
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 1.6% Two or more races
  • 0.3% Other races
  • 4.1% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

There were 33,486 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median income for a household in the county was $83,773, and the median income for a family was $96,913. Males had a median income of $66,150 versus $46,696 for females. The per capita income for the county was $37,457. About 3.3% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 70,205 people, 24,356 households, and 18,778 families residing in the county. The population density was 197 people per square mile (76/km²). There were 24,883 housing units at an average density of 70 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.95% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 2.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.3% were of German, 12.1% Norwegian, 7.1% Irish and 6.2% Swedish ancestry.

There were 24,356 households out of which 45.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.90% were non-families. 18.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the county, the population was spread out with 31.50% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 34.70% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $65,540, and the median income for a family was $73,577 (these figures had risen to $78,035 and $89,100 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $47,271 versus $32,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,486. About 2.30% of families and 3.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.60% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Benton Township
  • Camden Township
  • Dahlgren Township
  • Hancock Township
  • Hollywood Township
  • Laketown Township
  • San Francisco Township
  • Waconia Township
  • Watertown Township
  • Young America Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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