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Lyon County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lyon County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 6, 1868
Seat Marshall
Largest City Marshall
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

722 sq mi (1,870 km²)
715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
7.1 sq mi (18 km²), 1.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

25,673
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.lyon.mn.us
Named for: Nathaniel Lyon

Lyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,857. Its county seat is Marshall.

Lyon County comprises the Marshall, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Lakes

  • Clear Lake: in Lyons Township
  • Cottonwood Lake: in Lucas Township
  • East Twin Lake: in Shelburne Township
  • Goose Lake: in Island Lake Township
  • Island Lake: in Island Lake Township
  • Lady Slipper Lake: in Lucas Township
  • Lake Marshall: in Lake Marshall Township
  • Lake of the Hills: in Custer Township
  • Lake Yankton: in Rock Lake Township
  • Lone Tree Lake: almost entirely in Lucas Township, but the extreme northern tip extends into Yellow Medicine County
  • Long Lake: mostly in Custer Township, but the southern part extends into Murray County
  • McKay Lake: in Rock Lake Township
  • North Twin Lake: in Monroe Township
  • Rock Lake: in Rock Lake Township
  • School Grove Lake: almost entirely in Lucas Township, but the eastern tip extends into Yellow Medicine County
  • Sham Lake: in Lucas Township
  • South Twin Lake: in Monroe Township
  • West Twin Lake: in Shelburne Township
  • Wood Lake: in Coon Creek Township

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-19.svg Minnesota State Highway 19
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-68.svg Minnesota State Highway 68
  • MN-91.svg Minnesota State Highway 91

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,257
1890 9,501 51.8%
1900 14,591 53.6%
1910 15,722 7.8%
1920 18,837 19.8%
1930 19,328 2.6%
1940 21,569 11.6%
1950 22,253 3.2%
1960 22,655 1.8%
1970 24,273 7.1%
1980 25,207 3.8%
1990 24,789 −1.7%
2000 25,425 2.6%
2010 25,857 1.7%
Est. 2015 25,673 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Lyon County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,425 people, 9,715 households, and 6,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 10,298 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.58% White, 1.49% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 3.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 15.5% Norwegian and 10.5% Belgian ancestry.

There were 9,715 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 13.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,996, and the median income for a family was $48,512. Males had a median income of $32,102 versus $21,445 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,013. About 6.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Amiret Township
  • Clifton Township
  • Coon Creek Township
  • Custer Township
  • Eidsvold Township
  • Fairview Township
  • Grandview Township
  • Island Lake Township
  • Lake Marshall Township
  • Lucas Township
  • Lynd Township
  • Lyons Township
  • Monroe Township
  • Nordland Township
  • Rock Lake Township
  • Shelburne Township
  • Sodus Township
  • Stanley Township
  • Vallers Township
  • Westerheim Township

Unincorporated communities


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