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Kanabec 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 13, 1858 (created)
1882 (organized)
Seat Mora
Largest City Mora
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

534 sq mi (1,383 km²)
522 sq mi (1,352 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 2.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

15,837
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.kanabeccounty.org
Named for: The Ojibwe word for "snake," after the Snake River

Kanabec County (/kəˈnbk/ kə-NAY-bək) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,239. Its county seat is Mora, although the original county seat was Brunswick. The county was founded on March 13, 1858 from Pine County and organized in 1882. It is named after the Ojibwe Ginebig, meaning "Snake," after the Snake River — Kanabecosippi (Ginebigo-ziibi in the modern spelling) — which flows through this county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 534 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 522 square miles (1,350 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.3%) is water.

Fish Lake Autumn '99 004
Sunset over Fish Lake in Kanabec County

Major highways

  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-27.svg Minnesota State Highway 27
  • MN-47.svg Minnesota State Highway 47
  • MN-65.svg Minnesota State Highway 65
  • MN-70.svg Minnesota State Highway 70
  • MN-107.svg Minnesota State Highway 107
  • List of county roads

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 30
1870 93 210.0%
1880 505 443.0%
1890 1,579 212.7%
1900 4,614 192.2%
1910 6,461 40.0%
1920 9,086 40.6%
1930 8,558 −5.8%
1940 9,651 12.8%
1950 9,192 −4.8%
1960 9,007 −2.0%
1970 9,775 8.5%
1980 12,161 24.4%
1990 12,802 5.3%
2000 14,996 17.1%
2010 16,239 8.3%
Est. 2015 15,837 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Kanabec County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,239 people and 6,277 households in the county. The population density was 31.1 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 7,808 housing units (2014 estimate). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American or Alaska Native, 0.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 1.6% from other races or two or more races. 1.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the 2000 census, 30.2% were of German, 18.1% Swedish, 13.1% Norwegian, 5.5% American and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

In the census of 2000, there were 5,759 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18 and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,068. The per capita income for the county was $22,291. About 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Ann Lake Township
  • Arthur Township
  • Brunswick Township
  • Comfort Township
  • Ford Township
  • Grass Lake Township
  • Hay Brook Township
  • Hillman Township
  • Kanabec Township
  • Knife Lake Township
  • Kroschel Township
  • Peace Township
  • Pomroy Township
  • South Fork Township
  • Whited Township

Unincorporated communities


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