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Pine County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pine County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1856 (created)
1872 (organized)
Seat Pine City
Largest City Pine City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,435 sq mi (3,717 km²)
1,411 sq mi (3,654 km²)
23 sq mi (60 km²), 1.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

29,069
21/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.pine.mn.us
Named for: The abundant pine trees in the area

Pine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,750. Its county seat is Pine City. The county was formed in 1856 and organized in 1872.

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

History

Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.

In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City becoming the new county seat. Pine County has been featured in a series of Mysteries written by Dean Hovey. The titles include: Where Evil Hides, Hooker, Unforgettable, and Undeveloped. Each of the Hovey books has been nominated for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) for their depiction of life in the area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,435 square miles (3,720 km2), of which 1,411 square miles (3,650 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • MN-18.svg Minnesota State Highway 18
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-48.svg Minnesota State Highway 48
  • MN-70.svg Minnesota State Highway 70
  • MN-107.svg Minnesota State Highway 107
  • MN-123.svg Minnesota State Highway 123
  • List of county roads

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 92
1870 648 604.3%
1880 1,365 110.6%
1890 4,052 196.8%
1900 11,546 184.9%
1910 15,878 37.5%
1920 21,117 33.0%
1930 20,264 −4.0%
1940 21,478 6.0%
1950 18,223 −15.2%
1960 17,004 −6.7%
1970 16,821 −1.1%
1980 19,871 18.1%
1990 21,264 7.0%
2000 26,530 24.8%
2010 29,750 12.1%
Est. 2015 29,069 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Pine County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,530 people, 9,939 households, and 6,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 15,353 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.9% White, 2.0% Black or African American, 3.1% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.3% were of German, 11.6% Swedish, 11.1% Norwegian and 5.5% American ancestry.

There were 17,276 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% 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 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $44,058. Males had a median income of $31,600 versus $22,675 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,445. About 7.80% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Arlone Township
  • Arna Township
  • Barry Township
  • Birch Creek Township
  • Bremen Township
  • Brook Park Township
  • Bruno Township
  • Chengwatana Township
  • Clover Township
  • Crosby Township
  • Danforth Township
  • Dell Grove Township
  • Finlayson Township
  • Fleming Township
  • Hinckley Township
  • Kerrick Township
  • Kettle River Township
  • Mission Creek Township
  • Munch Township
  • New Dosey Township
  • Nickerson Township
  • Norman Township
  • Ogema Township
  • Park Township
  • Partridge Township
  • Pine City Township
  • Pine Lake Township
  • Pokegama Township
  • Royalton Township
  • Sandstone Township
  • Sturgeon Lake Township
  • Wilma Township
  • Windemere Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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