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Norman County, Minnesota
Map

Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 17, 1881
Seat Ada
Largest City Ada
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

877 sq mi (2,271 km²)
873 sq mi (2,261 km²)
3.9 sq mi (10 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

6,678
7.9/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.norman.mn.us
Named for: Norwegians (Nordmann in Norwegian), who settled in this county

Norman County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,852. Its county seat is Ada.

The county is located in the Red River Valley region of Minnesota.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 877 square miles (2,270 km2), of which 873 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.4%) is water. Major geographical features include the Red River of the North, which comprises the western border of the county, and the Wild Rice River, which flows from the eastern border to empty into the Red River.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • MN-9.svg Minnesota State Highway 9
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-113.svg Minnesota State Highway 113
  • MN-200.svg Minnesota State Highway 200

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 10,618
1900 15,045 41.7%
1910 13,446 −10.6%
1920 14,880 10.7%
1930 14,061 −5.5%
1940 14,746 4.9%
1950 12,909 −12.5%
1960 11,253 −12.8%
1970 10,008 −11.1%
1980 9,379 −6.3%
1990 7,975 −15.0%
2000 7,442 −6.7%
2010 6,852 −7.9%
Est. 2015 6,678 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Norman County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,442 people, 3,010 households, and 2,007 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,455 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.30% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 3.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 57.5% were of Norwegian and 21.7% German ancestry.

There were 3,010 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04.

Norman County has a moderately spread age distribution with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,535, and the median income for a family was $41,280. Males had a median income of $28,674 versus $20,619 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,895. About 7.10% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Anthony Township
  • Bear Park Township
  • Flom Township
  • Fossum Township
  • Good Hope Township
  • Green Meadow Township
  • Halstad Township
  • Hegne Township
  • Hendrum Township
  • Home Lake Township
  • Lake Ida Township
  • Lee Township
  • Lockhart Township
  • Mary Township
  • McDonaldsville Township
  • Pleasant View Township
  • Rockwell Township
  • Shelly Township
  • Spring Creek Township
  • Strand Township
  • Sundal Township
  • Waukon Township
  • Wild Rice Township
  • Winchester Township

Unincorporated communities


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