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Wilkin 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 6, 1868
Seat Breckenridge
Largest City Breckenridge
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

751 sq mi (1,945 km²)
751 sq mi (1,945 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

6,396
8.8/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.wilkin.mn.us
Named for: Alexander Wilkin

Wilkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population of Wilkin County was 6,576. Its county seat is Breckenridge. The county is named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, a lawyer who served as Minnesota’s U.S. marshal and was later killed in the Civil War.

Wilkin County is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN Combined Statistical Area.

History

Wilkin County was originally established as Toombs County on March 8, 1858, named after Robert Toombs (1810–85) of Georgia, who had been a member of Congress, 1845–53, and was U.S. senator, 1853-61. Mr. Toombs became a leading disunionist, then a Confederate secretary of state in 1861, and later was a Confederate general. In 1863, the county was renamed Andy Johnson County after President Andrew Johnson and to disassociate with Mr. Toombs. The county again changed its name to Wilkin County on March 6, 1868.

Toombs County was formed in 1858 from Pembina County. It is the parental county for Traverse County, and now are parts of Clay, Otter Tail, Grant, Stevens, Douglas and Pope counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 751 square miles (1,950 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Lakes

  • Breckenridge Lake - Breckenridge Township

Major highways

  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
  • MN-9.svg Minnesota State Highway 9
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55
  • MN-108.svg Minnesota State Highway 108
  • MN-210.svg Minnesota State Highway 210

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 40
1870 295 637.5%
1880 1,906 546.1%
1890 4,346 128.0%
1900 8,080 85.9%
1910 9,063 12.2%
1920 10,187 12.4%
1930 9,791 −3.9%
1940 10,475 7.0%
1950 10,567 0.9%
1960 10,650 0.8%
1970 9,389 −11.8%
1980 8,454 −10.0%
1990 7,516 −11.1%
2000 7,138 −5.0%
2010 6,576 −7.9%
Est. 2015 6,396 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015
USA Wilkin County, Minnesota age pyramid
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,138 people, 2,752 households, and 1,926 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,105 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.77% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.8% were of German and 29.2% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,752 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,093, and the median income for a family was $46,220. Males had a median income of $31,273 versus $20,925 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,873. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Akron
  • Andrea
  • Atherton
  • Bradford
  • Brandrup
  • Breckenridge
  • Campbell
  • Champion
  • Connelly
  • Deerhorn
  • Foxhome
  • Manston
  • McCauleyville
  • Meadows
  • Mitchell
  • Nilsen
  • Nordick
  • Prairie View
  • Roberts
  • Sunnyside
  • Tanberg
  • Wolverton

Unincorporated communities


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