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Mower County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Mower County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855 [1]
Named for John Edward Mower, a lumber worker and state legislator.
Seat Austin
Largest city Austin
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

711.71 sq mi (1,843 km²)
711.50 sq mi (1,843 km²)
0.21 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
 - (2010)
 - Density

54/sq mi (21/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Mower County (named for John Edward Mower) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The county seat is Austin. As of 2010, the population was 39,163.[1] Lake Louise State Park is located in the southeast part of the county near Le Roy.

Settlement and HistoryEdit

In 1852 Jacob McQuillin and his family settled what was to become Mower County. By 1855 the area had enough people to merit official formation and on March 1, 1856 Minnesota Governor Willis A. Gorman (D) signed the act organizing Mower County. The county was named in honor of John Edward Mower, a member of the territorial legislature.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 711.71 square miles (1,843.3 km2), of which 711.50 square miles (1,842.8 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.[2]


Although Mower County is one of only four counties in Minnesota with no natural lake, it does have four small ponds and lakes created by dams.

The Cedar River (sometimes called the Red Cedar River) flows south into the county from its source in Dodge County and continues all the way through the county into Mitchell County, Iowa. It flows through Mower County's four westernmost townships: Udolpho, Lansing, Austin, and Lyle.

Major highwaysEdit


Mower County Courthouse in Austin, Minnesota.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,217
1870 10,447 224.7%
1880 16,799 60.8%
1890 18,019 7.3%
1900 22,335 24.0%
1910 22,640 1.4%
1920 25,993 14.8%
1930 28,065 8.0%
1940 36,113 28.7%
1950 42,277 17.1%
1960 48,498 14.7%
1970 44,919 −7.4%
1980 40,390 −10.1%
1990 37,385 −7.4%
2000 38,603 3.3%
2010 39,163 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Mower County, Minnesota age pyramid

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

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 38,603 people, 15,582 households, and 10,315 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 16,251 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.74% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.18% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 4.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.9% were of German, 24.4% Norwegian and 7.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 15,582 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,654, and the median income for a family was $45,154. Males had a median income of $31,743 versus $23,317 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,795. About 6.30% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.



Adams, Austin (the county seat), Brownsdale, Dexter, Elkton, Grand Meadow, Le Roy, Lyle, Mapleview, Racine, Rose Creek, Sargeant, Taopi, Waltham

In order of population size (2000 census): Austin (23,314), Grand Meadow (945), Le Roy (925), Adams (800), Brownsdale (718), Lyle (566), Racine (355), Rose Creek (354), Dexter (333), Waltham (196), Mapleview (189), Elkton (149), Taopi (93), Sargeant (76).


All of Mower County's land is divided into 20 townships that are 36 square miles (six miles north to south X six miles (10 km) west to east) in area. Mower County is five townships wide (a total of 30 miles (48 km) west to east) and four townships from north to south (a total of 24 miles). The arrangement of the townships within the county is shown below (Udolpho Township is in the northwest corner and Le Roy Township is in the southeast).

Location of townships in Mower County
1 2 3 4 5
1 UdolphoWalthamSargeantPleasant ValleyRacine
2 LansingRed RockDexterGrand MeadowFrankford
3 AustinWindomMarshallClaytonBennington
4 LyleNevadaAdamsLodiLe Roy


Five people are elected as Mower County Commissioners, serving staggered four year terms. Commissioners work to provide services to people and communities while overseeing the cost of such services. The Mower County Board meets the first, second, and fourth Tuesday each month in the Board Room located in the Lower Level of the Mower County Courthouse. The first meeting of the month begins at 1:00 PM while the remaining begin with departmental business at 8:30 AM with general business starting around 10:00 AM.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°40′N 92°45′W / 43.67, -92.75

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