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Redwood County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Redwood County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 6, 1862
Seat Redwood Falls
Largest City Redwood Falls
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

882 sq mi (2,284 km²)
879 sq mi (2,277 km²)
3.2 sq mi (8 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

15,471
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.redwood.mn.us
Named for: Redwood River

Redwood County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,059. Its county seat is Redwood Falls, located along the Redwood River near its confluence with the Minnesota River. The largely rural area is devoted to commodity crops of corn and soybeans.

The Lower Sioux Indian Reservation (also known as the Mdewakankton Tribal Reservation) is entirely within the county, along the southern bank of the Minnesota River in Paxton and Sherman townships. In the 2000 census, it had a population of 335 persons.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 882 square miles (2,280 km2), of which 879 square miles (2,280 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
Ramsey-falls
Ramsey Falls

The Redwood River flows through the county to its confluence with the Minnesota River downstream of the county seat of Redwood Falls.

Lakes

  • Daubs Lake: in Vail Township
  • Gales Lake: mostly in Gales Township, but the northern part is in Westline Township
  • Lake Francis: mostly in Westline, but the eastern part is in Granite Rock Township
  • Long Lake: in Swedes Forest Township
  • Three Lakes: in Three Lakes Township
  • Tiger Lake: in Honner Township
  • Lake Redwood: in Redwood Falls, Redwood Township, Minnesota

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 71.svg U.S. Highway 71
  • MN-19.svg Minnesota State Highway 19
  • MN-67.svg Minnesota State Highway 67
  • MN-68.svg Minnesota State Highway 68
  • MN-330.svg Minnesota State Highway 330

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,829
1880 5,375 193.9%
1890 9,886 83.9%
1900 17,261 74.6%
1910 18,425 6.7%
1920 20,908 13.5%
1930 20,620 −1.4%
1940 22,290 8.1%
1950 22,127 −0.7%
1960 21,718 −1.8%
1970 20,024 −7.8%
1980 19,341 −3.4%
1990 17,254 −10.8%
2000 16,815 −2.5%
2010 16,059 −4.5%
Est. 2015 15,471 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Redwood County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,815 people, 6,674 households, and 4,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 7,230 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.97% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 3.24% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 55.8% were of German and 13.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 6,674 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,352, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $30,251 versus $21,481 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,903. About 5.50% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Redwood County Minnesota With Municipal and Township Labels
Cities and townships of Redwood County

Cities

Townships

  • Brookville Township
  • Charlestown Township
  • Delhi Township
  • Gales Township
  • Granite Rock Township
  • Honner Township
  • Johnsonville Township
  • Kintire Township
  • Lamberton Township
  • Morgan Township
  • New Avon Township
  • North Hero Township
  • Paxton Township
  • Redwood Falls Township
  • Sheridan Township
  • Sherman Township
  • Springdale Township
  • Sundown Township
  • Swedes Forest Township
  • Three Lakes Township
  • Underwood Township
  • Vail Township
  • Vesta Township
  • Waterbury Township
  • Westline Township
  • Willow Lake Township

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