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Meeker County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Meeker County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 23, 1856
Seat Litchfield
Largest City Litchfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

645 sq mi (1,671 km²)
608 sq mi (1,575 km²)
37 sq mi (96 km²), 5.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

23,102
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.meeker.mn.us
Named for: Bradley B. Meeker, an associate justice of Minnesota Territorial Court

Meeker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,300. Its county seat is Litchfield.

History

The county was named after Bradley B. Meeker, an associate justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court from 1849 to 1853.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 645 square miles (1,670 km2), of which 608 square miles (1,570 km2) is land and 37 square miles (96 km2) (5.7%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
Greenleaf Lake SRA Soils Wiki Version
Soils of Greenleaf Lake SRA

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • MN-4.svg Minnesota State Highway 4
  • MN-7.svg Minnesota State Highway 7
  • MN-15.svg Minnesota State Highway 15
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-24.svg Minnesota State Highway 24
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 928
1870 6,090 556.3%
1880 11,739 92.8%
1890 15,456 31.7%
1900 17,753 14.9%
1910 17,022 −4.1%
1920 18,103 6.4%
1930 17,914 −1.0%
1940 19,277 7.6%
1950 18,966 −1.6%
1960 18,887 −0.4%
1970 18,387 −2.6%
1980 20,594 12.0%
1990 20,846 1.2%
2000 22,644 8.6%
2010 23,300 2.9%
Est. 2015 23,102 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Meeker County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,644 people, 8,590 households, and 6,133 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 9,821 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.35% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 1.40% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.8% were of German, 12.2% Swedish and 11.3% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 8,590 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% 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 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,908, and the median income for a family was $47,923. Males had a median income of $33,157 versus $22,743 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,628. About 4.70% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.40% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Acton Township
  • Cedar Mills Township
  • Collinwood Township
  • Cosmos Township
  • Danielson Township
  • Darwin Township
  • Dassel Township
  • Ellsworth Township
  • Forest City Township
  • Forest Prairie Township
  • Greenleaf Township
  • Harvey Township
  • Kingston Township
  • Litchfield Township
  • Manannah Township
  • Swede Grove Township
  • Union Grove Township

Unincorporated communities


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