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Ramsey County, Minnesota
Seal of Ramsey County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 27, 1849
Seat Saint Paul
Largest City Saint Paul
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

170 sq mi (440 km²)
152 sq mi (394 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 11%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

538,133
3,342/sq mi (1,290/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.ramseycounty.us
Named for: Alexander Ramsey

Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 508,640, making it the second-most populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat is St. Paul, which is also Minnesota's state capital. The county was founded in 1849 and is named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory.

Ramsey County is included in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 170 square miles (440 km2), of which 152 square miles (390 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (11%) is water. It is the smallest county by area in Minnesota. It has been considered completely urbanized since the 1990 United States Census.

Major highways

  • I-35E (MN).svg Interstate 35E
  • I-35W (MN).svg Interstate 35W
  • I-94 (MN).svg Interstate 94
  • I-694 (MN).svg Interstate 694
  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • MN-5.svg Minnesota State Highway 5
  • MN-13.svg Minnesota State Highway 13
  • MN-36.svg Minnesota State Highway 36
  • MN-51.svg Minnesota State Highway 51
  • MN-96.svg Minnesota State Highway 96
  • MN-120.svg Minnesota State Highway 120
  • MN-149.svg Minnesota State Highway 149
  • MN-156.svg Minnesota State Highway 156
  • MN-280.svg Minnesota State Highway 280
  • County 30 (MN).svg County Road 30 (Larpenteur Avenue)
  • County 34 (MN).svg County Road 34 (University Avenue)
  • County 36 (MN).svg County 37 (MN).svg County Road 36/37 (Shepard Road/Warner Road)
  • Other county roads

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,227
1860 12,150 445.6%
1870 23,085 90.0%
1880 45,890 98.8%
1890 139,796 204.6%
1900 170,554 22.0%
1910 223,675 31.1%
1920 244,554 9.3%
1930 286,721 17.2%
1940 309,935 8.1%
1950 355,332 14.6%
1960 422,525 18.9%
1970 476,255 12.7%
1980 459,784 −3.5%
1990 485,765 5.7%
2000 511,035 5.2%
2010 508,640 −0.5%
Est. 2015 538,133 5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Ramsey County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 511,035 people, 201,236 households, and 119,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,281 people per square mile (1,267/km²). There were 206,448 housing units at an average density of 1,325 per square mile (512/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.37% White, 7.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 8.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the county was 31.2% German, 14.3% Irish, 11.3% Norwegian, 9.5% Swedish, 7.2% English, and 5.9% French and/or French Canadian. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 2.9% of Ramsey County's population.

There were 201,236 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.40% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,722, and the median income for a family was $57,747. (These figures had risen to $53,141 and $71,485, respectively, as of 2008.) Males had a median income of $39,806 versus $30,814 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,536. About 7.40% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Township

Unincorporated communities

Records

Ramsey County records are available for research use. They include school records, district and municipal court files, Board of Commissioners records, County Auditor records, Court of Common Pleas, probate court records, Saint Paul City Council records, and agency histories.

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