Waseca County, Minnesota facts for kids

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Waseca County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 27, 1857
Seat Waseca
Largest City Waseca
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

433 sq mi (1,121 km²)
423 sq mi (1,096 km²)
9.6 sq mi (25 km²), 2.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

18,989
45/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.waseca.mn.us
Named for: Dakota word meaning "rich," a reference to the fertile soil in the area

Waseca County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,136. 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.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

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%
Est. 2015 18,989 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Waseca County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the 2000 census, there were 19,526 people, 7,059 households, and 4,990 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,427 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 2.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.6% were of German, 15.5% Norwegian, 7.4% Irish and 5.5% American ancestry.

There were 7,059 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 109.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,440, and the median income for a family was $50,081. Males had a median income of $34,380 versus $22,630 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,631. About 4.50% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.

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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