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Faribault County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Faribault 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 Blue Earth
Largest City Blue Earth
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

722 sq mi (1,870 km²)
712 sq mi (1,844 km²)
9.4 sq mi (24 km²), 1.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

14,050
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.faribault.mn.us
Named for: Jean Baptiste Faribault

Faribault County /ˈfrb/ is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,553. Its county seat is Blue Earth. The county was founded in 1855. It is named for Jean-Baptiste Faribault, a settler and French fur trader among the Sioux Indians.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (1.3%) is water.

Lakes

  • Bass Lake: in Delavan Township
  • Hart Lake: in Delavan Township
  • Minnesota Lake: almost entirely in Minnesota Lake Township, but the extreme northern edge extends into Blue Earth County
  • Rice Lake: in Delavan Township
  • Rice Lake: there is another, smaller Rice Lake in Foster Township
  • South Walnut Lake: almost entirely in Brush Creek Township, but the northern edge extends into Walnut Lake Township
  • Walnut Lake: almost entirely in Walnut Lake Township, but the southern edge extends into Brush Creek Township

Major highways

  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-109.svg Minnesota State Highway 109
  • MN-253.svg Minnesota State Highway 253
  • MN-254.svg Minnesota State Highway 254
Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,335
1870 9,940 644.6%
1880 13,016 30.9%
1890 16,708 28.4%
1900 22,055 32.0%
1910 19,949 −9.5%
1920 20,998 5.3%
1930 21,642 3.1%
1940 23,941 10.6%
1950 23,879 −0.3%
1960 23,685 −0.8%
1970 20,896 −11.8%
1980 19,714 −5.7%
1990 16,937 −14.1%
2000 16,181 −4.5%
2010 14,553 −10.1%
Est. 2015 14,050 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Faribault County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,181 people, 6,652 households, and 4,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.11% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.5% were of German, 21.2% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 6,652 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,440, and the median income for a family was $41,793. Males had a median income of $28,990 versus $20,224 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,193. About 5.50% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Barber Township
  • Blue Earth City Township
  • Brush Creek Township
  • Clark Township
  • Delavan Township
  • Dunbar Township
  • Elmore Township
  • Emerald Township
  • Foster Township
  • Jo Daviess Township
  • Kiester Township
  • Lura Township
  • Minnesota Lake Township
  • Pilot Grove Township
  • Prescott Township
  • Rome Township
  • Seely Township
  • Verona Township
  • Walnut Lake Township
  • Winnebago City Township

Unincorporated communities


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