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Winona County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Winona County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 23, 1854 [1]
Named for Winona, a female cousin of Wabasha, who was the last of three successive chiefs of the Mississippi band of Dakota with that name.
Seat Winona
Largest city Winona
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

641.59 sq mi (1,662 km²)
626.30 sq mi (1,622 km²)
15.29 sq mi (40 km²), 2.38%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

51,461
80/sq mi (31/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.winona.mn.us

Winona County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 51,461.[1] Its county seat is Winona[2].

HistoryEdit

Maiden Rock at Lake Pepin

Maiden Rock, from which legend has it the Dakota maiden called Winona leapt to her doom.

The name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called "Maiden's Rock" on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Princess Winona legend.

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GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 641.59 square miles (1,661.7 km2), of which 626.30 square miles (1,622.1 km2) (or 97.62%) is land and 15.29 square miles (39.6 km2) (or 2.38%) is water.[3]

Bodies of waterEdit

  • Airport Lake - Winona
  • Bartlet Lake - Winona
  • Bollers Lake - Goodview
  • Hunters Lake - Winona
  • Lake Goodview - Goodview
  • Lake Winona - Winona
  • Rileys Lake - vast majority in Winona, west edge in Goodview
  • Mississippi River - forms county's eastern border with Wisconsin
  • Whitewater River - flows northeast from the western side of the county

Major HighwaysEdit

Public AirportsEdit

Adjacent CountiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 9,208
1870 22,319 142.4%
1880 27,107 21.5%
1890 33,797 24.7%
1900 35,686 5.6%
1910 33,398 −6.4%
1920 33,653 0.8%
1930 35,144 4.4%
1940 37,795 7.5%
1950 39,841 5.4%
1960 40,937 2.8%
1970 44,409 8.5%
1980 46,256 4.2%
1990 47,828 3.4%
2000 49,985 4.5%
2010 51,461 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Winona 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 49,985 people, 18,744 households, and 11,696 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 19,551 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.80% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.8% were of German, 13.9% Norwegian, 9.9% Polish and 7.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,744 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.30% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.60% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% 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 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 18.60% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,700, and the median income for a family was $49,845. Males had a median income of $31,926 versus $23,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,077. About 5.60% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

PoliticsEdit

CourthouseWinonaMN2006-01-28

Winona County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Presidential elections results
Year GOP Dems
2004 46.3% 12,686 51.9% 14,231
2000 45.0% 10,773 46.3% 11,069
1996 36.8% 7,955 47.5% 10,272
1992 35.0% 8,585 39.6% 9,707
1988 50.9% 11,012 47.7% 10,310
1984 55.0% 11,981 44.0% 9,577
1980 45.1% 10,332 42.9% 9,814
1976 47.6% 10,436 49.9% 10,939
1972 56.4% 10,910 41.8% 8,080
1968 45.9% 7,998 49.5% 8,627
1964 35.7% 6,345 64.1% 11,397
1960 52.1% 9,271 47.7% 8,484

CommunitiesEdit

Cities Townships Unincorporated

† La Crescent is in Houston County but extends into Winona County.
‡ Minneiska is located in both Winona County and Wabasha 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. 

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°59′N 91°46′W / 43.98, -91.77


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