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Freeborn County, Minnesota
Map

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 Albert Lea
Largest City Albert Lea
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

722 sq mi (1,870 km²)
707 sq mi (1,831 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 2.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

30,613
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.freeborn.mn.us
Named for: William Freeborn

Freeborn County is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,255. Its county seat is Albert Lea.

Freeborn County comprises the Albert Lea, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Freeborn County was established in 1855. It is named for William Freeborn, an early Minnesota politician.

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
Big Isle MBISP Wiki Version
Soils of Island in Myhre-Big Island State Park

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 707 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water. The Le Sueur River, a tributary of the Minnesota River, begins in the northern part of the county.

Lakes

Freeborn County has 16 lakes, mostly in the western half of the county.

  • Albert Lea Lake: Albert Lea Township and Hayward Township
  • Bear Lake: Nunda Township
  • Church Lake: Pickerel Lake Township
  • Fountain Lake: Abert Lea Township and Bancroft Township
  • Freeborn Lake: Carlston Township and Freeborn Township
  • Geneva Lake: Geneva Township and Bath Township
  • Goose Lake: Albert Lea Township
  • Halls Lake: Manchester Township
  • Hickory Lake: Moscow Township
  • Lower Twin Lake: Nunda Township
  • Pickerel Lake: Albert Lea Township and Pickerel Township
  • School Section Lake: Manchester Township
  • State Line Lake: Nunda Township
  • Sugar Lake: Manchester Township
  • Upper Twin Lake: Pickerel Township and Nunda Township
  • White Lake: Pickerel Lake Township and Albert Lea Township

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • US 69.svg U.S. Highway 69
  • MN-13.svg Minnesota State Highway 13
  • MN-109.svg Minnesota State Highway 109
  • MN-251.svg Minnesota State Highway 251

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,367
1870 10,578 214.2%
1880 16,069 51.9%
1890 17,962 11.8%
1900 21,838 21.6%
1910 22,282 2.0%
1920 24,692 10.8%
1930 28,741 16.4%
1940 31,780 10.6%
1950 34,517 8.6%
1960 37,891 9.8%
1970 38,064 0.5%
1980 36,329 −4.6%
1990 33,060 −9.0%
2000 32,584 −1.4%
2010 31,255 −4.1%
Est. 2015 30,613 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Freeborn County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 32,584 people, 13,356 households, and 9,015 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 13,996 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.22% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.92% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.8% were of Norwegian, 26.2% German and 5.8% Danish ancestry.

There were 13,356 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,964, and the median income for a family was $45,142. Males had a median income of $31,491 versus $21,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,325. About 5.60% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Albert Lea Township
  • Alden Township
  • Bancroft Township
  • Bath Township
  • Carlston Township
  • Freeborn Township
  • Freeman Township
  • Geneva Township
  • Hartland Township
  • Hayward Township
  • London Township
  • Manchester Township
  • Mansfield Township
  • Moscow Township
  • Newry Township
  • Nunda Township
  • Oakland Township
  • Pickerel Lake Township
  • Riceland Township
  • Shell Rock Township

Unincorporated communities


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