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Chippewa County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Chippewa County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 20, 1862 (created)
1868 (organized)
Seat Montevideo
Largest City Montevideo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

588 sq mi (1,523 km²)
581 sq mi (1,505 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

12,109
21/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.chippewa.mn.us
Named for: Chippewa River

Chippewa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,441. Its county seat is Montevideo. The county was formed in 1862 and organized in 1868.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 588 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 581 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Lakes

  • Carlton Lake: in Sparta Township
  • Norboro Lake: in Stoneham Township
  • Shakopee Lake: in Grace Township

Major highways

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • US 212 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 212
  • MN-7.svg Minnesota State Highway 7
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-29.svg Minnesota State Highway 29
  • MN-40.svg Minnesota State Highway 40
  • MN-277.svg Minnesota State Highway 277

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Montevideo, Minnesota
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precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Montevideo have ranged from a low of 2 °F (−17 °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 1970 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.86 inches (22 mm) in December to 4.24 inches (108 mm) in June.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,467
1880 5,408 268.6%
1890 8,555 58.2%
1900 12,499 46.1%
1910 13,458 7.7%
1920 15,720 16.8%
1930 15,762 0.3%
1940 16,927 7.4%
1950 16,739 −1.1%
1960 16,320 −2.5%
1970 15,109 −7.4%
1980 14,941 −1.1%
1990 13,228 −11.5%
2000 13,088 −1.1%
2010 12,441 −4.9%
Est. 2015 12,109 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Chippewa County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,088 people, 5,361 households, and 3,597 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,855 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.78% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.8% were of Norwegian and 36.8% German ancestry.

There were 5,361 households, out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,582, and the median income for a family was $45,160. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $20,384 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,039. About 4.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Big Bend Township
  • Crate Township
  • Grace Township
  • Granite Falls Township
  • Havelock Township
  • Kragero Township
  • Leenthrop Township
  • Lone Tree Township
  • Louriston Township
  • Mandt Township
  • Rheiderland Township
  • Rosewood Township
  • Sparta Township
  • Stoneham Township
  • Tunsberg Township
  • Woods Township

Unincorporated communities


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