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Pope County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pope County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 20, 1862 (created)
1866 (organized)
Seat Glenwood
Largest City Glenwood
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

717 sq mi (1,857 km²)
670 sq mi (1,735 km²)
47 sq mi (122 km²), 6.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,041
16/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.pope.mn.us/
Named for: John Pope

Pope County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,995. Its county seat is Glenwood. The county was formed in 1862 and organized in 1866.

History

Pope County was identified by the state legislature in 1862, and named for John Pope, a General in the Union Army who had earlier worked as a surveyor in the area.

Pope County was the location of several protests against the CU Powerline in the 1970s.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 717 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 670 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (6.6%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
Glacial Lakes S P - Blue Mounds WPA 2017 Wiki Version
Soils of Glacial Lakes State Park area

Major highways

  • MN-9.svg Minnesota State Highway 9
  • MN-28.svg Minnesota State Highway 28
  • MN-29.svg Minnesota State Highway 29
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55
  • MN-104.svg Minnesota State Highway 104
  • MN-114.svg Minnesota State Highway 114

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,691
1880 5,874 118.3%
1890 10,032 70.8%
1900 12,577 25.4%
1910 12,746 1.3%
1920 13,631 6.9%
1930 13,085 −4.0%
1940 13,544 3.5%
1950 12,862 −5.0%
1960 11,914 −7.4%
1970 11,107 −6.8%
1980 11,657 5.0%
1990 10,745 −7.8%
2000 11,236 4.6%
2010 10,995 −2.1%
Est. 2015 11,041 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Pope County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,236 people, 4,513 households, and 3,064 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,827 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.85% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.8% were of Norwegian and 31.6% German ancestry.

There were 4,513 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.10% 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 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,633, and the median income for a family was $42,818. Males had a median income of $30,452 versus $20,511 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,032. About 5.80% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Farm in Chippewa Falls Township
A farm in Chippewa Falls Township

Cities

Townships

  • Bangor Township
  • Barsness Township
  • Ben Wade Township
  • Blue Mounds Township
  • Chippewa Falls Township
  • Gilchrist Township
  • Glenwood Township
  • Grove Lake Township
  • Hoff Township
  • Lake Johanna Township
  • Langhei Township
  • Leven Township
  • Minnewaska Township
  • New Prairie Township
  • Nora Township
  • Reno Township
  • Rolling Forks Township
  • Walden Township
  • Westport Township
  • White Bear Lake Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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