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Isanti County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Isanti County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 13, 1857
Seat Cambridge
Largest City Cambridge
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

452 sq mi (1,171 km²)
436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 3.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

38,429
87/sq mi (34/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.isanti.mn.us
Named for: Izaty Indians, the ancient name for the Santee Indians, members of the Dakota alliance

Isanti County (/ˈsænt/ eye-SAN-tee) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,816. Its county seat is Cambridge. Isanti is derived from the Dakota word meaning "knife" and refers to the Santee tribe.

Isanti County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (3.5%) is water.

Soils and savanna distribution based on NRCS soils information
Tip Toe Savannas East Isanti County
Soils of Isanti Countys' Tip Toe Savannas

Major highways

  • MN-47.svg Minnesota State Highway 47
  • MN-65.svg Minnesota State Highway 65
  • MN-95.svg Minnesota State Highway 95
  • MN-107.svg Minnesota State Highway 107
  • List of county roads

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 284
1870 2,035 616.5%
1880 5,063 148.8%
1890 7,607 50.2%
1900 11,675 53.5%
1910 12,615 8.1%
1920 13,278 5.3%
1930 12,081 −9.0%
1940 12,950 7.2%
1950 12,123 −6.4%
1960 13,530 11.6%
1970 16,560 22.4%
1980 23,600 42.5%
1990 25,921 9.8%
2000 31,287 20.7%
2010 37,816 20.9%
Est. 2015 38,429 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Isanti County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 37,816 people, 14,331 households, and 8,415 families residing in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 12,062 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.0% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0..5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 1.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.3% were of German, 21.3% Swedish, 12.7% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 11,236 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 20.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,127, and the median income for a family was $55,996. Males had a median income of $39,381 versus $26,427 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,348. About 4.00% of families and 5.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Athens Township
  • Bradford Township
  • Cambridge Township
  • Dalbo Township
  • Isanti Township
  • Maple Ridge Township
  • North Branch Township
  • Oxford Township
  • Spencer Brook Township
  • Springvale Township
  • Stanchfield Township
  • Stanford Township
  • Wyanett Township

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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