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Mower County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Mower County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 20, 1855
Seat Austin
Largest City Austin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

712 sq mi (1,844 km²)
711 sq mi (1,841 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

39,116
55/sq mi (21/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.mower.mn.us
Named for: John Edward Mower

Mower County (/mər/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,163. The county seat is Austin. The county is named after John Edward Mower.

Mower County comprises the Austin, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Rochester-Austin Combined Statistical Area.

Lake Louise State Park is located in the southeast part of the county near Le Roy.

History

In 1852, Jacob McQuillin and his family settled what was to become Mower County. By 1855, the area had enough people to merit official formation and on March 1, 1856 Minnesota Governor Willis A. Gorman (D) signed the act organizing Mower County. The county was named in honor of John Edward Mower, a member of the territorial legislature.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 712 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 711 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Lakes

Despite Mower County being one of only four counties in Minnesota without any natural lakes (the other three being Olmsted, Pipestone, and Rock), it does have four small ponds and lakes created by dams.

  • East Side Lake: in the northeast quadrant of Austin
  • Lake Louise: in Lake Louise State Park near Le Roy
  • Mill Pond: in downtown Austin near the Hormel plant
  • Ramsey Mill Pond: in Ramsey Golf Course, near the unincorporated settlement of Ramsey

The Cedar River (sometimes called the Red Cedar River) flows south into the county from its source in Dodge County and continues all the way through the county into Mitchell County, Iowa. It flows through Mower County's four westernmost townships: Udolpho, Lansing, Austin, and Lyle.

Major highways

  • I-90
  • [[Template:Infobox road/MN/link BL|Template:Infobox road/MN/abbrev BL]]
  • US 63
  • US 218
  • MN-16.svg Minnesota State Highway 16
  • MN-56.svg Minnesota State Highway 56
  • MN-105.svg Minnesota State Highway 105
  • MN-251.svg Minnesota State Highway 251

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,217
1870 10,447 224.7%
1880 16,799 60.8%
1890 18,019 7.3%
1900 22,335 24.0%
1910 22,640 1.4%
1920 25,993 14.8%
1930 28,065 8.0%
1940 36,113 28.7%
1950 42,277 17.1%
1960 48,498 14.7%
1970 44,919 −7.4%
1980 40,390 −10.1%
1990 37,385 −7.4%
2000 38,603 3.3%
2010 39,163 1.5%
Est. 2015 39,116 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Mower County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,603 people, 15,582 households, and 10,315 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 16,251 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.7% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 4.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.9% were of German, 24.4% Norwegian and 7.0% Irish ancestry.

There were 15,582 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,654, and the median income for a family was $45,154. Males had a median income of $31,743 versus $23,317 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,795. About 6.3% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

All of Mower County's land is divided into 20 townships that are 36 square miles (six miles north to south X six miles (10 km) west to east) in area. Mower County is five townships wide (a total of 30 miles (48 km) west to east) and four townships from north to south (a total of 24 miles).

  • Adams
  • Austin
  • Bennington
  • Clayton
  • Dexter
  • Frankford
  • Grand Meadow
  • Lansing
  • Le Roy
  • Lodi
  • Lyle
  • Marshall
  • Nevada
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Racine
  • Red Rock
  • Sargeant
  • Udolpho
  • Waltham
  • Windom

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

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