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Pipestone County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pipestone 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 (created)
1879 (organized)
Seat Pipestone
Largest City Pipestone
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

466 sq mi (1,207 km²)
465 sq mi (1,204 km²)
0.9 sq mi (2 km²), 0.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

9,271
21/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.pipestone-county.com/
Named for: Pipestone

Pipestone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,596. Its county seat is Pipestone. The county was founded in 1857 and organized in 1879. The county was named for deposits of red pipestone used by Indians to make pipes.

Pipestone National Monument is located in the county, just north of the town of Pipestone.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 466 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 465 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Lakes

Despite Pipestone County not containing any natural lakes (the other three being Mower, Olmstead and Rock), it does have one man-made reservoir created by a dam.

  • Split Rock Lake: Eden Township, in Split Rock Creek State Park

Major highways

  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-30.svg Minnesota State Highway 30
  • MN-269.svg Minnesota State Highway 269

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Pipestone National Monument

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,092
1890 5,132 145.3%
1900 9,264 80.5%
1910 9,553 3.1%
1920 12,050 26.1%
1930 12,238 1.6%
1940 13,794 12.7%
1950 14,003 1.5%
1960 13,605 −2.8%
1970 12,791 −6.0%
1980 11,690 −8.6%
1990 10,491 −10.3%
2000 9,895 −5.7%
2010 9,596 −3.0%
Est. 2015 9,271 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Pipestone County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,895 people, 4,069 households, and 2,726 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,434 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.68% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.48% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.7% were of German, 24.8% Dutch and 14.3% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 4,069 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 30.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 21.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,909, and the median income for a family was $40,133. Males had a median income of $27,642 versus $20,759 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,450. About 7.80% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.20% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Pipestone County Administrative map
Pipestone County Administrative map

Cities

Townships

  • Aetna Township
  • Altona Township
  • Burke Township
  • Eden Township
  • Elmer Township
  • Fountain Prairie Township
  • Grange Township
  • Gray Township
  • Osborne Township
  • Rock Township
  • Sweet Township
  • Troy Township

Unincorporated communities


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