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Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Blue Earth County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853 [1]
Named for Blue Earth River
Seat Mankato
Largest city Mankato
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

765.90 sq mi (1,984 km²)
752.36 sq mi (1,949 km²)
13.54 sq mi (35 km²), 1.77%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

64,013
74/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.blue-earth.mn.us

Blue Earth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 64,013.[1] Its county seat is Mankato.[2]

Blue Earth County is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 765.90 square miles (1,983.7 km2), of which 752.36 square miles (1,948.6 km2) (or 98.23%) is land and 13.54 square miles (35.1 km2) (or 1.77%) is water.[3] The Le Sueur River flows through a part of the county. The land surface is relatively flat with over 30 lakes in the county. In the northeastern part of the county there are many forests that are called big woods. The rivers that flow out of the northeastern part are surrounded by these big woods. Most of the county is grassland prairie but scattered parts of it are wet prairie. Some spots that surround the rivers are oak openings and barren brushland.

Major highwaysEdit

LakesEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The area of Blue Earth County was once known as the "Big Woods" and was occupied by the Dakota Indians. It was started by a French explorer, Pierre-Charles Le Sueur. He was one of the first White people in this area, arriving at the point where the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers meet. There, he made an unsuccessful attempt to mine copper from the blue earth found in the area. The area remained under French control until 1803, but soon after was passed to the United States by the Louisiana Purchase. When Minnesota became a territory in 1849, the territorial government became interested in having the river valley for settlement. In 1850 the first steamboat trip, starting in St. Paul, traveled on the Minnesota River and came to the Blue Earth River. The first White settlers, P.K. Johnson and Henry Jackson came off the boat and settled in present day Mankato. The ratification of the Mendota and Traverse des Sioux Treaties in 1851 effectively forced the Dakota to leave the area for nearby reservations.

The county of Blue Earth was finally created after a division of the Minnesota Territory on March 5, 1853 from portions of Dakota County and free territory. It was named after the Blue Earth River. The first government officials were appointed by Alexander Ramsey, who was the territorial governor at that time. That October the first election was held for government officials with a total of 22 ballots being taken.

Unfulfilled treaty promises and starvation on the Indians reservation led to the Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in Dakota defeat and the largest mass execution in US history in Mankato. In 1868 the railroads arrived. They helped with the growth and development of many areas, including Blue Earth. The railroads allowed many different White ethnic immigrants and Yankee settlers into the area. Blue Earth has grown into a very good county for agriculture, industry, business, education, and culture, and still continues to grow today.

Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 55% 19325 42% 14782
2004 50.92% 16865 47.52% 15737
2000 44.99% 12329 47.23% 12942

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,803
1870 17,302 260.2%
1880 22,889 32.3%
1890 29,210 27.6%
1900 32,263 10.5%
1910 29,337 −9.1%
1920 31,477 7.3%
1930 33,847 7.5%
1940 36,203 7.0%
1950 38,327 5.9%
1960 44,385 15.8%
1970 52,322 17.9%
1980 52,314 0%
1990 54,044 3.3%
2000 55,941 3.5%
2010 64,013 14.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Blue Earth County, Minnesota age pyramid

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 55,941 people, 21,062 households, and 12,616 families residing in the county. The population density was 74 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 21,971 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.96% White, 1.19% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.6% were of German, 13.6% Norwegian and 6.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 21,062 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.10% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 22.10% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 18.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,940, and the median income for a family was $50,257. Males had a median income of $32,087 versus $22,527 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,712. About 6.10% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

On ePodunk : Blue Earth County & Blue Earth Cty. ancestry :
German - 41%; Norwegian - 14%; Irish - 9% (2000)

Cities and towns Edit

BlueEarthCo2006-09-16

Blue Earth County Courthouse

Cities Townships

† Only a part of the city is in Blue Earth County.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST05&prodType=table. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°02′N 94°04′W / 44.03, -94.06


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