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Sibley County, Minnesota
Map

Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 5, 1853
Seat Gaylord
Largest City Gaylord
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

601 sq mi (1,557 km²)
589 sq mi (1,526 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 2.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

14,875
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.sibley.mn.us
Named for: Henry Hastings Sibley

Sibley County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,226. Its county seat is Gaylord. Sibley County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 601 square miles (1,560 km2), of which 589 square miles (1,530 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Most of the Rush River's watershed is in Sibley County.

Lakes

  • Altnow Lake: in Dryden Township
  • Beatty Lake: in Dryden Township
  • Clear Lake: northern half is in Severance Township; southern half is in Nicollet County
  • Curran Lake: in Green Isle Township
  • Hahn Lake: in New Auburn Township
  • High Island Lake: in New Auburn Township
  • Indian Lake: in Transit Township
  • Kerry Lake: in Faxon Township
  • Mud Lake: in Dryden Township
  • Mud Lake: there is another Mud Lake in New Auburn Township northwest of Hahn Lake
  • Mud Lake: there is a third Mud Lake in New Auburn Township southeast of Hahn Lake
  • Mud Lake: there is a fourth Mud Lake in Severance Township
  • Mud Lakes: three lakes in Washington Lake Township
  • Sand Lake: western two thirds is in Cornish Township; the eastern third is in Alfsborg Township
  • Schauer Lake: in Green Isle Township
  • Schilling Lake: in New Auburn Township
  • Severance Lake: in Green Isle Township
  • Silver Lake: in Jessenland Township
  • Swan Lake: in Severance Township
  • Titlow Lake: in Dryden Township: the North Branch Rush River starts at this lake.
  • Washington Lake: in Washington Lake Township

Major highways

  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-5.svg Minnesota State Highway 5
  • MN-15.svg Minnesota State Highway 15
  • MN-19.svg Minnesota State Highway 19
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-25.svg Minnesota State Highway 25
  • MN-93.svg Minnesota State Highway 93

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,609
1870 6,725 86.3%
1880 10,637 58.2%
1890 15,199 42.9%
1900 16,862 10.9%
1910 15,540 −7.8%
1920 15,635 0.6%
1930 15,865 1.5%
1940 16,625 4.8%
1950 15,816 −4.9%
1960 16,228 2.6%
1970 15,845 −2.4%
1980 15,448 −2.5%
1990 14,366 −7.0%
2000 15,356 6.9%
2010 15,226 −0.8%
Est. 2015 14,875 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Sibley County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,356 people, 5,772 households, and 4,086 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,024 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.57% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 3.09% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 5.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.7% were of German and 6.3% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 5,772 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% 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 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,458, and the median income for a family was $48,923. Males had a median income of $31,002 versus $22,527 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,004. About 5.10% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Alfsborg Township
  • Arlington Township
  • Bismarck Township
  • Cornish Township
  • Dryden Township
  • Faxon Township
  • Grafton Township
  • Green Isle Township
  • Henderson Township
  • Jessenland Township
  • Kelso Township
  • Moltke Township
  • New Auburn Township
  • Severance Township
  • Sibley Township
  • Transit Township
  • Washington Lake Township

Unincorporated communities


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