Cook County, Minnesota

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Cook County, Minnesota
CookCountyCourtHouseMN.jpg
Cook County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Cook County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 9, 1874[1]
Named forMichael Cook, Territorial and State Senator
SeatGrand Marais
Largest cityGrand Marais
Area
 • Total3,340 sq mi (8,651 km2)
 • Land1,452 sq mi (3,761 km2)
 • Water1,887 sq mi (4,887 km2), 57%
Population
 • (2010)5,176
 • Density3.6/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.cook.mn.us
 
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Not to be confused with Cook, Minnesota.
Cook County, Minnesota
CookCountyCourtHouseMN.jpg
Cook County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Cook County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 9, 1874[1]
Named forMichael Cook, Territorial and State Senator
SeatGrand Marais
Largest cityGrand Marais
Area
 • Total3,340 sq mi (8,651 km2)
 • Land1,452 sq mi (3,761 km2)
 • Water1,887 sq mi (4,887 km2), 57%
Population
 • (2010)5,176
 • Density3.6/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.cook.mn.us

Cook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,176,[2] making it the fifth-least populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat is Grand Marais.[3] The Grand Portage Indian Reservation is entirely within the county.

Geography[edit]

Eagle Mountain, the highest natural point in Minnesota at 2,301 feet (701 m) is located in northern Cook County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,340 square miles (8,700 km2), of which 1,452 square miles (3,760 km2) is land and 1,887 square miles (4,890 km2) (57%) is water.[4] It is the second-largest county in Minnesota by total area. The highest natural point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet (701 m), and the highest lake in Minnesota, Lake Abita at 2,048 feet (624 m), are located in Cook County. Lake Superior is at the county's southern border.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Cook County is in the extreme northeast of the state at the tip of the Arrowhead region; it is adjacent to only one other county by land. Its geographic neighbors are:

National protected areas[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Lutsen, Minnesota
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)22
(−6)
26
(−3)
35
(2)
47
(8)
56
(13)
64
(18)
70
(21)
70
(21)
62
(17)
52
(11)
39
(4)
27
(−3)
47.5
(8.6)
Average low °F (°C)4
(−16)
7
(−14)
19
(−7)
31
(−1)
39
(4)
45
(7)
52
(11)
54
(12)
47
(8)
38
(3)
26
(−3)
11
(−12)
31.1
(−0.7)
Rainfall inches (mm)0.9
(23)
0.7
(18)
1.4
(36)
1.9
(48)
2.8
(71)
3.5
(89)
3.3
(84)
3.3
(84)
3.6
(91)
2.5
(64)
1.6
(41)
1.1
(28)
26.4
(671)
Snowfall inches (cm)15.2
(38.6)
8.1
(20.6)
8.1
(20.6)
2.2
(5.6)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1)
3.8
(9.7)
13.3
(33.8)
50.8
(129)
Source: Weatherbase[5]

Northern Minnesota offers extreme winter weather. While the averages are low, the extremes provide more details. A third of the year is below freezing (31.9%, 116 days, or 4 months). Of those days, 21 are below zero degrees Fahrenheit (−17 °C).

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Days Below 32°F/0°C[5]
201819133.50.10.10.00.55.81620116
Days Below 0°F/-17°C[5]
8.261.500000050.54.821

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
188065
18909850.8%
1900810726.5%
19101,33664.9%
19201,84137.8%
19302,43532.3%
19403,03024.4%
19502,900−4.3%
19603,37716.4%
19703,4231.4%
19804,09219.5%
19903,868−5.5%
20005,16833.6%
20105,1760.2%
Est. 20135,2000.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[10] there were 5,168 people, 2,350 households, and 1,438 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,708 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.45% White, 7.59% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.6% were of German, 17.7% Norwegian, 11.5% Swedish, 7.2% Irish and 5.4% English ancestry.

There were 2,350 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.80% were non-families. 32.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.40% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 31.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,640, and the median income for a family was $47,132. Males had a median income of $31,211 versus $23,650 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,775. About 8.10% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Unorganized territories[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Lutsen, Minnesota". Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 47°55′N 90°33′W / 47.917°N 90.550°W / 47.917; -90.550