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Ramsey County, Minnesota
Seal of Ramsey County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849 [1]
Named for Alexander Ramsey
Seat Saint Paul
Largest city Saint Paul
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

170.13 sq mi (441 km²)
155.78 sq mi (403 km²)
14.36 sq mi (37 km²), 8.44%
 - (2011)
 - Density

3,281/sq mi (1,267/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, founded in 1849.[2] As of the 2010 census, the population was 508,640.[3] Its county seat is St. Paul,[4] which is also Minnesota's state capital. The county is named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory. It is one of the 11 counties in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, and is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States.[5]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 170.13 square miles (440.6 km2), of which 155.78 square miles (403.5 km2) (or 91.57%) is land and 14.36 square miles (37.2 km2) (or 8.44%) is water.[6] It has been considered completely urbanized since the 1990 United States Census.[7]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,227
1860 12,150 445.6%
1870 23,085 90.0%
1880 45,890 98.8%
1890 139,796 204.6%
1900 170,554 22.0%
1910 223,675 31.1%
1920 244,554 9.3%
1930 286,721 17.2%
1940 309,935 8.1%
1950 355,332 14.6%
1960 422,525 18.9%
1970 476,255 12.7%
1980 459,784 −3.5%
1990 485,765 5.7%
2000 511,035 5.2%
2010 508,640 −0.5%
Est. 2011 514,696 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 511,035 people, 201,236 households, and 119,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,281 people per square mile (1,267/km²). There were 206,448 housing units at an average density of 1,325 per square mile (512/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.37% White, 7.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 8.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, according to the Census 2000.

USA Ramsey County, Minnesota age pyramid

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

In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the county was 31.2% German, 14.3% Irish, 11.3% Norwegian, 9.5% Swedish, 7.2% English, and 5.9% French and/or French Canadian. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 2.9% of Ramsey County's population.[9]

There were 201,236 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.40% were non-families. 32.00% 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 2.45 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,722, and the median income for a family was $57,747. (These figures had risen to $53,141 and $71,485, respectively, as of 2008.[10]) Males had a median income of $39,806 versus $30,814 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,536. About 7.40% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Saint Paul City Hall

Ramsey County Courthouse

County CommissionersEdit

The county commission elects a chair who presides at meetings. Commissioners as of November 2011

District Commissioner In office since Current term expires in January
1st Tony Bennett 1997 2013
2nd Jan Parker 1997 2013
3rd Janice Rettman 1997 2013
4th Toni Carter 2005 2013
5th Rafael Ortega 1995 2013
6th Jim McDonough  ? 2013
7th Victoria Reinhardt (Chair) 1997 2013

Cities and towns Edit

Cities Townships

† Based in another county, but partially extending into Ramsey County.
‡ A small part of this city extends into Washington County.


Ramsey County records are available for research use. They include school records, district and municipal court files, Board of Commissioners records, County Auditor records, Court of Common Pleas, probate court records, Saint Paul City Council records, and agency histories.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Minnesota Government Series, State Symbols". Minnesota State Government Series. Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services Office. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota Government Series, State Counties". Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Data". United States Census 2010. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Ramsey County". Metro MSP. Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Ramsey County Public Works: A System of Thoroughfares, Highways, Streets and Other Public Ways". Ramsey County. Retrieved mdy 2011-01-25, [[{{{3}}}|{{{3}}}]]. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Ramsey County, Minnesota Selected Social Characteristics in the United States: 2005-2007. United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Ramsey County, Minnesota - Fact Sheet". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 

External links Edit

Coordinates: 45°01′N 93°06′W / 45.02, -93.10

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