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Wright County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wright County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of USA MN
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855
Named for Silas Wright
Seat Buffalo
Largest city St. Michael (2005 est.[1])
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

714.39 sq mi (1,850 km²)
660.75 sq mi (1,711 km²)
53.63 sq mi (139 km²), 7.51%
 - (2010)
 - Density

136/sq mi (53/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Wright County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, founded in 1855.[2] As of 2010, the population was 124,700.[3] Its county seat is Buffalo[4].


The County was established in 1855, and was named after New York Politician Silas Wright. The first County seat was Monticello, then in 1868 the County seat was changed to Buffalo. The Majority of people to first settle this area were German and Swedish. The population of the county in 1860 was 3729 people.

The 1998 thriller A Simple Plan was set in Wright County though the specific town name is never mentioned.

Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 40.7% 26,343 57.6% 37,779
2004 37.99% 22,618 60.77% 36,176
2000 38.65% 16,762 55.02% 23,861


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 714.39 square miles (1,850.3 km2), of which 660.75 square miles (1,711.3 km2) (or 92.49%) is land and 53.63 square miles (138.9 km2) (or 7.51%) is water.[5]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,729
1870 9,457 153.6%
1880 18,104 91.4%
1890 24,164 33.5%
1900 29,157 20.7%
1910 28,082 −3.7%
1920 28,685 2.1%
1930 27,119 −5.5%
1940 27,550 1.6%
1950 27,716 0.6%
1960 29,935 8.0%
1970 38,933 30.1%
1980 58,681 50.7%
1990 68,710 17.1%
2000 89,986 31.0%
2010 124,700 38.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 89,986 people, 31,465 households, and 23,913 families residing in the county. The population density was 136 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 34,355 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.85% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.3% were of German, 11.9% Norwegian, 7.4% Swedish and 6.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 31,465 households out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 18.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.26.

USA Wright 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 31.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,945, and the median income for a family was $60,940. Males had a median income of $40,630 versus $28,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,844. About 3.60% of families and 4.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.50% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Cities Townships Ghost town

† Located in Wright County, the city extends into neighboring counties as well.
‡ Based in an adjacent county, part of Dayton extends into Wright County.

See alsoEdit

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Coordinates: 45°11′N 93°58′W / 45.18, -93.97

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