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Roseau County
Postcard. Roseau County Courthouse.
Map of Minnesota highlighting Roseau County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Minnesota
Founded December 31, 1894
Named for Roseau River
Seat Roseau
Largest city Roseau
Area
 • Total 1,678 sq mi (4,350 km2)
 • Land 1,672 sq mi (4,330 km2)
 • Water 6.5 sq mi (17 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,331
 • Estimate 
(2021)
15,258 Decrease
 • Density 9.2/sq mi (3.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 7th

Roseau County is a county in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota, along the Canada–US border. As of the 2020 census, the population was 15,331. Its county seat is Roseau. Roseau County borders the Canadian province of Manitoba.

Part of the Red Lake Indian Reservation is in Roseau County.

History

Roseau County was once the home of many Chippewa, Sioux, and Mandan tribes. Archeologists have found artifacts within the county belonging to these tribes that date back 7,200 years ago.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,678 square miles (4,350 km2), of which 1,672 square miles (4,330 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.4%) is water. Roseau is one of 17 Minnesota savanna counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 6,994
1910 11,338 62.1%
1920 13,305 17.3%
1930 12,621 −5.1%
1940 15,103 19.7%
1950 14,505 −4.0%
1960 12,154 −16.2%
1970 11,569 −4.8%
1980 12,574 8.7%
1990 15,026 19.5%
2000 16,338 8.7%
2010 15,629 −4.3%
2015 (est.) 15,770 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Roseau County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,338 people, 6,190 households, and 4,438 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 7,101 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.92% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.0% were of Norwegian, 18.8% German and 10.7% Swedish ancestry.

There were 6,190 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.80% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,852, and the median income for a family was $46,185. Males had a median income of $29,747 versus $23,630 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,053. About 4.60% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.50% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Airports

  • Warroad International Memorial Airport (KRRT) - two miles northeast of Warroad
  • Piney Pinecreek Border Airport - extends into Canada; serves as a limited airport of entry between the two nations.

Major highways

  • MN-11.svg Minnesota State Highway 11
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-89.svg Minnesota State Highway 89
  • MN-308.svg Minnesota State Highway 308
  • MN-310.svg Minnesota State Highway 310
  • MN-313.svg Minnesota State Highway 313

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

Protected areas

  • Beltrami Island State Forest
  • Hayes Lake State Park
  • Lost River State Forest
  • Luxemburg Peatland Scientific and Natural Area
  • Roseau River State Wildlife Management Area
  • Sprague Creek Peatland Scientific and Natural Area
  • Two Rivers Aspen Park Scientific and Natural Area

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Barnett Township
  • Barto Township
  • Beaver Township
  • Cedarbend Township
  • Deer Township
  • Dewey Township
  • Dieter Township
  • Enstrom Township
  • Falun Township
  • Golden Valley Township
  • Grimstad Township
  • Hereim Township
  • Huss Township
  • Jadis Township
  • Lake Township
  • Laona Township
  • Lind Township
  • Malung Township
  • Mickinock Township
  • Moose Township
  • Moranville Township
  • Nereson Township
  • Palmville Township
  • Pohlitz Township
  • Polonia Township
  • Poplar Grove Township
  • Reine Township
  • Ross Township
  • Skagen Township
  • Soler Township
  • Spruce Township
  • Stafford Township
  • Stokes Township

Unorganized territories

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

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