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Clearwater County, Minnesota
Map

Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 20, 1902
Seat Bagley
Largest City Bagley
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,030 sq mi (2,668 km²)
999 sq mi (2,587 km²)
31 sq mi (80 km²), 3.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

8,803
8.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.clearwater.mn.us
Named for: Clearwater Lake and Clearwater River

Clearwater County is a rural county located in the state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,695. Its county seat is Bagley.

Clearwater County is home to Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River. Portions of the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations extend into the county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,030 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 999 square miles (2,590 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (3.0%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • MN-1.svg Minnesota State Highway 1
  • MN-92.svg Minnesota State Highway 92
  • MN-113.svg Minnesota State Highway 113
  • MN-200.svg Minnesota State Highway 200
  • MN-223.svg Minnesota State Highway 223

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

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source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bagley have ranged from a low of −5 °F (−21 °C) in January to a high of 79 °F (26 °C) in July, although a record low of −53 °F (−47 °C) was recorded in February 1996 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in August 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in December to 4.62 inches (117 mm) in June.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 6,870
1920 8,569 24.7%
1930 9,546 11.4%
1940 11,153 16.8%
1950 10,204 −8.5%
1960 8,864 −13.1%
1970 8,013 −9.6%
1980 8,761 9.3%
1990 8,309 −5.2%
2000 8,423 1.4%
2010 8,695 3.2%
Est. 2015 8,803 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,423 people, 3,330 households, and 2,287 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,114 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.26% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 8.58% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.6% were of Norwegian, 15.6% German, 6.5% Swedish, and 6.2% American ancestry.

There were 3,330 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

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

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,517, and the median income for a family was $39,698. Males had a median income of $29,338 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,694. About 11.00% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Bear Creek Township
  • Clover Township
  • Copley Township
  • Dudley Township
  • Eddy Township
  • Falk Township
  • Greenwood Township
  • Hangaard Township
  • Holst Township
  • Itasca Township
  • La Prairie Township
  • Leon Township
  • Long Lost Lake Township
  • Minerva Township
  • Moose Creek Township
  • Nora Township
  • Pine Lake Township
  • Popple Township
  • Rice Township
  • Shevlin Township
  • Sinclair Township
  • Winsor Township

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Unorganized territories


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