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Waseca County
Waseca County Courthouse in 2007
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
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Country  United States
State  Minnesota
Founded February 27, 1857
Named for Waseca (settlement)
Seat Waseca
Largest city Waseca
Area
 • Total 433 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Land 423 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 9.6 sq mi (25 km2)  2.2%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 18,968
 • Density 44.8/sq mi (17.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Waseca County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 18,968. Its county seat is Waseca.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 433 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 423 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 9.6 square miles (25 km2) (2.2%) is water. Waseca is one of seven southern Minnesota counties that have no forest ecosystems, only prairie and savanna soils exist in these counties. The Le Sueur River flows through part of the county.

Lakes

  • Buffalo Lake: in Alton Township
  • Clear Lake: in Woodville Township
  • Everson Lake: in Blooming Grove Township
  • Goose Lake: in Woodville Township
  • Hayes Lake: in Blooming Grove Township
  • Knutsen Lake: in Blooming Grove Township
  • Lake Elysian: almost entirely in Janesville Township, but the northern edge juts into Le Sueur County
  • Lilly Lake: in Janesville Township
  • Lily Lake: mostly in Iosco Township, but the far western part of the lake extends into Janesville Township and Le Sueur County
  • Loon Lake: in Woodville Township-
  • Mott Lake: in Freedom Township
  • Reeds Lake: in Iosco Township
  • Reese Lake: in New Richland Township
  • Rice Lake: in Janesville Township
  • Rice Lake: there is another, somewhat larger Rice Lake in Woodville Township
  • Saint Olaf Lake: in New Richland Township
  • Sibert Lake: in Janesville Township
  • Silver Lake: in Wilton Township
  • Toners Lake: in Iosco Township
  • Trenton Lake: the northern third is in Byron Township and the lower two thirds is in Freeborn County
  • Watkins Lake: in Woodville Township

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • MN-13.svg Minnesota State Highway 13
  • MN-30.svg Minnesota State Highway 30
  • MN-60.svg Minnesota State Highway 60
  • MN-83.svg Minnesota State Highway 83

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,601
1870 7,854 202.0%
1880 12,385 57.7%
1890 13,313 7.5%
1900 14,760 10.9%
1910 13,466 −8.8%
1920 14,133 5.0%
1930 14,412 2.0%
1940 15,186 5.4%
1950 14,957 −1.5%
1960 16,041 7.2%
1970 16,663 3.9%
1980 18,448 10.7%
1990 18,079 −2.0%
2000 19,526 8.0%
2010 19,136 −2.0%
2020 18,968 −0.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Alton Township
  • Blooming Grove Township
  • Byron Township
  • Freedom Township
  • Iosco Township
  • Janesville Township
  • New Richland Township
  • Otisco Township
  • St. Mary Township
  • Vivian Township
  • Wilton Township
  • Woodville Township

Unincorporated communities

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