Wadena County, Minnesota

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Wadena County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wadena County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded June 11, 1858 [1]
Named for An old trading post and common Ojibway name.
Seat Wadena
Largest city Wadena
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

543 sq mi (1,406 km²)
535 sq mi (1,386 km²)
8 sq mi (21 km²), 1.47%
 - (2000)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Wadena County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 13,713. Its county seat is Wadena6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,406 km² (543 sq mi). 1,386 km² (535 sq mi) of it is land and 21 km² (8 sq mi) of it (1.47%) is water.

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Adjacent counties Edit


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,713 people, 5,426 households, and 3,608 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (26/sq mi). There were 6,334 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.89% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.5% were of German, 14.0% Norwegian, 12.5% Finnish, 9.0% United States or American and 5.3% Swedish ancestry.

There were 5,426 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% 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 3.02.

USA Wadena County, Minnesota age pyramid

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

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,651, and the median income for a family was $38,618. Males had a median income of $28,424 versus $21,027 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,146. About 9.70% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Cities Townships

† Staples is in Todd County but a small part extends into Wadena County.
‡ A part of Wadena extends into Otter Tail County.

External link Edit

Coordinates: 46°35′N 94°58′W / 46.58, -94.96

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