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Mahnomen County, Minnesota
Map

Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 27, 1906
Seat Mahnomen
Largest City Mahnomen
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

583 sq mi (1,510 km²)
558 sq mi (1,445 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 4.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

5,457
9.7/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.mahnomen.mn.us/
Named for: Ojibway word for wild rice

Mahnomen County (/məˈnmən/ mə-NOH-mən) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,413. Its county seat is Mahnomen.

The entire county is part of the White Earth Indian Reservation. It is the only county in Minnesota entirely within an Indian reservation. The county, along with East Polk and Becker County, are one of the biggest cattle-raising areas in the northwestern part of Minnesota.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 558 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (4.3%) is water. Mahnomen is one of 17 Minnesota savanna region counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-113.svg Minnesota State Highway 113
  • MN-200.svg Minnesota State Highway 200

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 3,249
1920 6,197 90.7%
1930 6,153 −0.7%
1940 8,054 30.9%
1950 7,059 −12.4%
1960 6,341 −10.2%
1970 5,638 −11.1%
1980 5,535 −1.8%
1990 5,044 −8.9%
2000 5,190 2.9%
2010 5,413 4.3%
Est. 2015 5,457 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Mahnomen County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,190 people, 1,969 households, and 1,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,700 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.85% White (3,262 people) 0.13% Black or African American (7 people), 28.55% Native American (1,482 people), 0.06% Asian (3 people), 0.31% from other races (16 people), and 8.09% (420 people) from two or more races. 0.89% of the population (46 people) were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.4% (1525 people) were of German and 17.0% (882 people) Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,969 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,053, and the median income for a family was $35,500. Males had a median income of $23,614 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,438. About 11.80% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.30% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Beaulieu Township
  • Bejou Township
  • Chief Township
  • Clover Township
  • Gregory Township
  • Heier Township
  • Island Lake Township
  • La Garde Township
  • Lake Grove Township
  • Little Elbow Township
  • Marsh Creek Township
  • Oakland Township
  • Pembina Township
  • Popple Grove Township
  • Rosedale Township
  • Twin Lakes Township

Census-designated places

Unincorporated community


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