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Lincoln County, Minnesota
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Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 6, 1873
Seat Ivanhoe
Largest City Tyler
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

548 sq mi (1,419 km²)
537 sq mi (1,391 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 2.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

5,771
11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.lincoln.mn.us
Named for: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,896. Its county seat is Ivanhoe.

History

Lincoln County was created in 1873 from the western portion of Lyon County. After numerous changes, its county seat has been Ivanhoe since 1904.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 548 square miles (1,420 km2), of which 537 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Lakes

  • Ash Lake: in Ash Lake Township
  • Curtis Lake: in Ash Lake Township
  • Dead Coon Lake: in Marshfield Township
  • Drietz Lake: in Royal Township
  • Gislason Lake: in Lake Stay Township
  • Hawks Nest Lake: western half is in Royal Township; eastern half is in Limestone Township
  • Lake Benton: about two thirds of the lake is in Diamond Lake Township; a small part stretches eastward into Marshfield Township and the southern third is in Lake Benton Township
  • Lake Hendricks: eastern half is in Hendricks Township, western half is in South Dakota
  • Lake Shaokatan: in Shaokatan Township
  • Lake Stay: in Lake Stay Township
  • Oak Lake: in Royal Township
  • Perch Lake: in Royal Township
  • Steep Bank Lake: almost entirely within Hendricks Township, but the northern edge is in Marble Township and the eastern edge is in Royal Township
  • Twin Lakes: in Hansonville Township
  • West Lake Stay: in Lake Stay Township

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • MN-19.svg Minnesota State Highway 19
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-68.svg Minnesota State Highway 68
  • MN-271.svg Minnesota State Highway 271

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,945
1890 5,691 93.2%
1900 8,966 57.5%
1910 9,874 10.1%
1920 11,268 14.1%
1930 11,303 0.3%
1940 10,797 −4.5%
1950 10,150 −6.0%
1960 9,651 −4.9%
1970 8,143 −15.6%
1980 8,207 0.8%
1990 6,890 −16.0%
2000 6,429 −6.7%
2010 5,896 −8.3%
Est. 2015 5,771 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Lincoln County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,429 people, 2,653 households, and 1,785 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,043 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.82% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 36.1% were of German, 25% English, 17.5% Norwegian, 10.9% Polish and 10.5% Danish ancestry.

There were 2,653 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 24.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,607, and the median income for a family was $38,605. Males had a median income of $26,494 versus $20,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,009. About 7.00% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Alta Vista Township
  • Ash Lake Township
  • Diamond Lake Township
  • Drammen Township
  • Hansonville Township
  • Hendricks Township
  • Hope Township
  • Lake Benton Township
  • Lake Stay Township
  • Limestone Township
  • Marble Township
  • Marshfield Township
  • Royal Township
  • Shaokatan Township
  • Verdi Township

Unincorporated communities


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