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Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Mille Lacs County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 23, 1857
Seat Milaca
Largest City Princeton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

682 sq mi (1,766 km²)
572 sq mi (1,481 km²)
109 sq mi (282 km²), 16%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

25,788
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.mille-lacs.mn.us
Named for: Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs County (/mlˈlæks/ məl-LAKS) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,097. Its county seat is Milaca. The county was founded in 1857, and its boundary was expanded in 1860.

Mille Lacs County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.

Etymology

The name Mille Lacs, meaning "thousand lakes" in French, comes from Mille Lacs Lake (French: Grand lac du Pays des Mille Lacs), largest lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area as the area was called "Region of Thousand Lakes" (Pays des Mille Lacs) in French.

History

Mille Lacs County was organized on May 23, 1857, cleaving off the easternmost portion of Benton County, Minnesota. The original Mille Lacs County consisted of the portion of the contemporary Mille Lacs County east of the west branch of the Rum River and two townships now part of Isanti County, adjacent to Mille Lacs County. In 1858, the 12 townships forming the contemporary southern 10 townships of Mille Lacs County and the 2 northwestern townships in Isanti County were organized apart from either Benton or Mille Lacs County to form Monroe County, leaving the northern "Square Top-knot" as the Mille Lacs County. In 1860, Monroe and Mille Lacs Counties merged. Shortly thereafter, the two southeastern townships were transferred to Isanti County, forming the contemporary boundaries for the county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 682 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 572 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 109 square miles (280 km2) (16%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-18.svg Minnesota State Highway 18
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-27.svg Minnesota State Highway 27
  • MN-47.svg Minnesota State Highway 47
  • MN-95.svg Minnesota State Highway 95

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 73
1870 1,109 1,419.2%
1880 1,501 35.3%
1890 2,845 89.5%
1900 8,066 183.5%
1910 10,705 32.7%
1920 14,180 32.5%
1930 14,076 −0.7%
1940 15,558 10.5%
1950 15,165 −2.5%
1960 14,560 −4.0%
1970 15,703 7.9%
1980 18,430 17.4%
1990 18,670 1.3%
2000 22,330 19.6%
2010 26,097 16.9%
Est. 2015 25,788 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Mille Lacs County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,330 people, 8,638 households, and 6,003 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 10,467 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.55% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 4.68% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.9% were of German, 14.4% Swedish and 14.2% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 8,638 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 25.90% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,977, and the median income for a family was $44,054. Males had a median income of $32,348 versus $22,036 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,656. About 6.70% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Bogus Brook Township
  • Borgholm Township
  • Bradbury Township
  • Dailey Township
  • East Side Township
  • Greenbush Township
  • Hayland Township
  • Isle Harbor Township
  • Kathio Township
  • Lewis Township
  • Milaca Township
  • Milo Township
  • Mudgett Township
  • Onamia Township
  • Page Township
  • Princeton Township
  • South Harbor Township

Unincorporated communities

Census-designated place

Ghost towns

  • Brickton
  • Burnhelm Siding
  • Esteville
  • Freer
  • Johnsdale
  • Soule's Crossing
  • Stirling

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