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Nicollet County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Nicollet County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 5, 1853
Seat St. Peter
Largest City North Mankato
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

467 sq mi (1,210 km²)
448 sq mi (1,160 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 3.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

33,347
66/sq mi (25/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.nicollet.mn.us
Named for: Joseph Nicolas Nicollet

Nicollet County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was named for French geographer Joseph N. Nicollet. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,727. Its county seat is St. Peter.

Nicollet County is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 467 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 448 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (3.9%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Nicollet County's highest point is the lowest high point of all Minnesota counties, with an elevation of 1,065 feet. The county's high point is east of Clear Lake and west of the town of Lafayette.

Chamberlain Woods SNA Wiki Version
Soils of Chamberlain Woods SNA area

Lakes

  • Annexstad Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
  • Erickson Lake: in Traverse Township
  • Middle Lake: the southwestern Middle Lake is in Granby Township; the northeastern Middle Lake is in Granby Township, Traverse Township, and Oshawa Township
  • Oak Leaf Lake: in Oshawa Township
  • Overson Lake: in Traverse Township
  • Rice Lake: in New Sweden Township
  • Sand Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
  • Swan Lake: about a quarter of the northwest part of the lake is in Brighton Township; about three eighths of the southwest part is in Courtland Township; another three eighths is in Granby Township; a very small part of the southeast shore is in Nicollet Township

Major highways

  • US 14.svg US Highway 14
  • US 169 (MN).svg US Highway 169
  • MN-4.svg Minnesota State Highway 4
  • MN-15.svg Minnesota State Highway 15
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-60.svg Minnesota State Highway 60
  • MN-99.svg Minnesota State Highway 99
  • MN-111.svg Minnesota State Highway 111
  • MN-295.svg Minnesota State Highway 295
  • MN-333.svg Minnesota State Highway 333
  • List of county roads

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,778
1870 8,362 121.3%
1880 12,333 47.5%
1890 13,382 8.5%
1900 14,774 10.4%
1910 14,125 −4.4%
1920 15,036 6.4%
1930 16,550 10.1%
1940 18,282 10.5%
1950 20,929 14.5%
1960 23,196 10.8%
1970 24,518 5.7%
1980 26,929 9.8%
1990 28,076 4.3%
2000 29,771 6.0%
2010 32,727 9.9%
Est. 2015 33,347 1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Nicollet County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,771 people, 10,642 households, and 7,311 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 11,240 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.80% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.2% were of German, 13.3% Norwegian, 6.8% Swedish and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 10,642 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 16.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,170, and the median income for a family was $55,694. Males had a median income of $36,236 versus $25,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,517. About 4.30% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Belgrade Township
  • Bernadotte Township
  • Brighton Township
  • Courtland Township
  • Granby Township
  • Lafayette Township
  • Lake Prairie Township
  • New Sweden Township
  • Nicollet Township
  • Oshawa Township
  • Ridgely Township
  • Traverse Township
  • West Newton Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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