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Grant County, Minnesota
Seal of Grant County, Minnesota
Map

Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 6, 1868 (created)
1874 (organized)
Seat Elbow Lake
Largest City Elbow Lake
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
548 sq mi (1,419 km²)
27 sq mi (70 km²), 4.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

5,903
11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.grant.mn.us
Named for: General Ulysses S. Grant

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,018. Its county seat is Elbow Lake. The county was founded in 1868 and named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. It was later organized in 1874.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 548 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.7%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-9.svg Minnesota State Highway 9
  • MN-27.svg Minnesota State Highway 27
  • MN-54.svg Minnesota State Highway 54
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55
  • MN-78.svg Minnesota State Highway 78
  • MN-79.svg Minnesota State Highway 79

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 340
1880 3,004 783.5%
1890 6,875 128.9%
1900 8,935 30.0%
1910 9,114 2.0%
1920 9,788 7.4%
1930 9,558 −2.3%
1940 9,828 2.8%
1950 9,542 −2.9%
1960 8,870 −7.0%
1970 7,462 −15.9%
1980 7,171 −3.9%
1990 6,246 −12.9%
2000 6,289 0.7%
2010 6,018 −4.3%
Est. 2015 5,903 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,289 people, 2,534 households, and 1,740 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,098 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.28% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.2% were of Norwegian, 30.0% German and 7.4% Swedish ancestry.

There were 2,534 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.50% 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 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 22.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

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

The median income for a household in the county was $33,775, and the median income for a family was $42,214. Males had a median income of $28,428 versus $20,240 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,131. About 6.00% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Delaware Township
  • Elbow Lake Township
  • Elk Lake Township
  • Erdahl Township
  • Gorton Township
  • Land Township
  • Lawrence Township
  • Lien Township
  • Logan Township
  • Macsville Township
  • North Ottawa Township
  • Pelican Lake Township
  • Pomme de Terre Township
  • Roseville Township
  • Sanford Township
  • Stony Brook Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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