Douglas County, Minnesota

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Douglas County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 8, 1858[1]
Named forStephen Douglas
SeatAlexandria
Largest cityAlexandria
Area
 • Total719.94 sq mi (1,865 km2)
 • Land634.32 sq mi (1,643 km2)
 • Water85.62 sq mi (222 km2), 11.89%
Population
 • (2010)36,009
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.douglas.mn.us
 
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Douglas County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 8, 1858[1]
Named forStephen Douglas
SeatAlexandria
Largest cityAlexandria
Area
 • Total719.94 sq mi (1,865 km2)
 • Land634.32 sq mi (1,643 km2)
 • Water85.62 sq mi (222 km2), 11.89%
Population
 • (2010)36,009
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.douglas.mn.us

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,009.[2] Its county seat is Alexandria.[3]

Douglas County is the home of Minnesota's only wine-grape appellation, the 10,880 acres (44.0 km2) Alexandria Lakes AVA.[1]

History[edit]

Douglas County was established in 1858. It is named for Stephen Douglas,[4] of Illinois.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 719.94 square miles (1,864.6 km2), of which 634.32 square miles (1,642.9 km2) (or 88.11%) is land and 85.62 square miles (221.8 km2) (or 11.89%) is water,[5] comprising over 250 lakes.

The county includes two of Minnesota's biomes: prairie grassland in the west and southeast, savannas (also prairie ecosystems) in the middle, and temperate deciduous forest in the south-central, north, and east.[6] Douglas is one of 17 Minnesota counties where savanna soils dominate. Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Douglas County Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Alexandria Municipal Airport, also known as Chandler Field, is a city-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of the central business district of Alexandria, a city in Douglas County.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18704,239
18809,130115.4%
189014,60660.0%
190017,96423.0%
191017,669−1.6%
192019,0397.8%
193018,813−1.2%
194020,3698.3%
195021,3044.6%
196021,3130.0%
197022,8927.4%
198027,83921.6%
199028,8393.6%
200032,82113.8%
201036,0099.7%
Est. 201236,2330.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census of 2000,[9] there were 32,821 people, 13,276 households, and 9,027 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 16,694 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.49% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.5% were of German, 24.6% Norwegian and 8.1% Swedish ancestry.

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

There were 13,276 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,703, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $30,968 versus $21,240 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,850. About 5.60% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

CitiesTownships

† Most of Osakis is in Douglas County, but a part of the city extends into Todd County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 108. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Minnesota's Biomes" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 53 - 56. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 45°56′N 95°27′W / 45.94°N 95.45°W / 45.94; -95.45