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Lac qui Parle County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 6, 1871|
|Named for||French for "the lake that speaks."|
|• Total||778 sq mi (2,020 km2)|
|• Land||765 sq mi (1,980 km2)|
|• Water||13 sq mi (30 km2) 1.7%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||9.5/sq mi (3.7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Lac qui Parle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,259. Its county seat is Madison. The name of the county is French for "lake which talks."
A March 2011 study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Lac qui Parle County the healthiest county in Minnesota.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,020 km2), of which 765 square miles (1,980 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.7%) is water. The county's northern boundary is defined by the Minnesota River; two of its tributaries, the Lac qui Parle River and the Yellow Bank River, also flow through the county.
- Case Lake: in Ten Mile Lake Township
- Kibler Lake: in Agassiz Township
- Lac qui Parle: Eastern border
- Pegg Lake: in Augusta Township
- Salt Lake: mostly in Mehurin Township, but the western fifth stretches into South Dakota
- Swanson Lake: western two thirds is in Maxwell Township; eastern third is in Ten Mile Lake Township
- Tenmile Lake: in Ten Mile Lake Township
- U.S. Highway 75
- U.S. Highway 212
- Minnesota State Highway 40
- Minnesota State Highway 119
- Minnesota State Highway 275
- Big Stone County, Minnesota (north)
- Swift County, Minnesota (northeast)
- Chippewa County, Minnesota (east)
- Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota (south)
- Deuel County, South Dakota (southwest)
- Grant County, South Dakota (northwest)
National protected area
- Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,067 people, 3,316 households, and 2,225 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,774 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.6% were of Norwegian and 35.2% German ancestry.
There were 3,316 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 4.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,626, and the median income for a family was $41,556. Males had a median income of $27,939 versus $19,681 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,399. About 5.60% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.80% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.
- Agassiz Township
- Arena Township
- Augusta Township
- Baxter Township
- Camp Release Township
- Cerro Gordo Township
- Freeland Township
- Garfield Township
- Hamlin Township
- Hantho Township
- Lac qui Parle Township
- Lake Shore Township
- Madison Township
- Manfred Township
- Maxwell Township
- Mehurin Township
- Perry Township
- Providence Township
- Riverside Township
- Ten Mile Lake Township
- Walter Township
- Yellow Bank Township
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