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Murray County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Murray County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857 [1]
Named for William Pitt Murray, who served in various positions within government.
Seat Slayton
Largest city Slayton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

719.52 sq mi (1,864 km²)
704.43 sq mi (1,824 km²)
15.09 sq mi (39 km²), 2.10%
 - (2010)
 - Density

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

Murray County is a county located in the state of Minnesota, United States. The population was 8,725 at the 2010 census.[1] Its county seat is Slayton[2].


During the 1880s there was a "war" to decide whether Currie or Slayton would be the county seat.[3]
In the history of record keeping, Minnesota has been struck by two F-5 tornadoes and both occurred in Murray County: the Chandler-Lake Wilson Tornado (June 16, 1992) and the Tracy Tornado (June 13, 1968) that began in Murray County before crossing north into Lyon County.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 719.52 square miles (1,863.5 km2), of which 704.43 square miles (1,824.5 km2) (or 97.90%) is land and 15.09 square miles (39.1 km2) (or 2.10%) is water.[4] The Mississippi-Missouri watershed divide runs through the western part of the county, near Chandler, along what is locally known as Buffalo Ridge.


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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 29
1870 209 620.7%
1880 3,604 1,624.4%
1890 6,692 85.7%
1900 11,911 78.0%
1910 11,755 −1.3%
1920 13,631 16.0%
1930 13,902 2.0%
1940 15,060 8.3%
1950 14,801 −1.7%
1960 14,743 −0.4%
1970 12,508 −15.2%
1980 11,507 −8.0%
1990 9,660 −16.1%
2000 9,165 −5.1%
2010 8,725 −4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Murray County, Minnesota age pyramid

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

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 9,165 people, 3,722 households, and 2,601 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,357 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 1.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.3% were of German, 12.9% Norwegian, 12.5% Dutch and 5.1% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,722 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% 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 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,966, and the median income for a family was $40,893. Males had a median income of $27,101 versus $19,636 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,936. About 6.30% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 44°01′N 95°46′W / 44.02, -95.76

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