Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Ramsey County, Minnesota
Saint Paul City Hall.jpg
Seal of Ramsey County, Minnesota
Seal
Map of Minnesota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedOctober 27, 1849[1]
Named forAlexander Ramsey
SeatSaint Paul
Largest citySaint Paul
Area
 • Total170 sq mi (440 km2)
 • Land152 sq mi (394 km2)
 • Water18 sq mi (47 km2), 11%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)526,714
 • Density3,342/sq mi (1,290/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.ramsey.mn.us
 
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Not to be confused with Ramsey, Minnesota.
Ramsey County, Minnesota
Saint Paul City Hall.jpg
Seal of Ramsey County, Minnesota
Seal
Map of Minnesota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
FoundedOctober 27, 1849[1]
Named forAlexander Ramsey
SeatSaint Paul
Largest citySaint Paul
Area
 • Total170 sq mi (440 km2)
 • Land152 sq mi (394 km2)
 • Water18 sq mi (47 km2), 11%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)526,714
 • Density3,342/sq mi (1,290/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.ramsey.mn.us

Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 508,640,[2] making it the second-most populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat is St. Paul,[3] which is also Minnesota's state capital. The county was founded in 1849 and is named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory.

Ramsey County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States.[4]

Government and politics[edit]

Presidential Election Results 1960–2008[5]
YearDemocraticRepublican
200866.0% 182,97432.1% 88,942
200463.0% 171,84635.6% 97,096
200056.7% 138,47035.9% 87,669
199658.7% 133,87829.3% 66,954
199252.0% 130,93227.1% 68,206
198861.2% 143,76737.8% 88,736
198459.1% 141,62340.0% 95,667
198053.6% 124,77433.9% 78,860
197658.6% 133,68237.9% 86,480
197251.6% 108,39245.6% 95,716
196862.6% 122,56832.7% 64,068
196469.9% 133,94829.7% 56,898
196058.1% 108,46441.5% 77,408

County Sheriff[edit]

The Ramsey County Sheriff is the top law enforcement official in Ramsey County. The Ramsey County Sheriff is elected for a four-year term via an election running concurrent with the federal mid-term elections.

The current sheriff is Matt Bostrom, who was elected Sheriff in 2010 by winning over four-term incumbent Bob Fletcher by a 14% margin.

Providing safety in Ramsey County is a collaborative effort across multiple agencies. The Ramsey County Sheriff's office provides a number of unique services across the county as mandated by law. This includes detention for court and other court services. This also includes safety, rescue and law enforcement on the waterways.

Proactively, the Sheriff's office provides multiple safety classes and coordinates community volunteer efforts.

The sheriff's office provides patrol and investigation for communities without local police forces and is available as backup for all communities. An emergency 911 call will send the appropriate agency according to the caller's location and law enforcement availability.

CommunityLaw EnforcementFire ProtectionAmbulance
Arden HillsRamsey County SheriffLake Johanna FireAllina Medical Transport
Falcon HeightsSaint Anthony PoliceFalcon Heights FireSaint Paul Fire
Gem LakeRamsey County SheriffWhite Bear Lake FireWhite Bear Lake Fire
LauderdaleSaint Anthony PoliceFalcon Heights FireSaint Paul Fire
Little CanadaRamsey County SheriffLittle Canada Fire & RescueAllina Medical Transport
MaplewoodMaplewood PoliceMaplewood FireMaplewood Fire
Minnesota State FairgroundsMinnesota State Fair PoliceSaint Paul FireSaint Paul Fire
Mounds ViewMounds View PoliceSBM FireAllina Medical Transport
New BrightonNew Brighton Police DivisionNew Brighton Fire DivisionAllina Medical Transport
North OaksRamsey County SheriffLake Johanna FireAllina Medical Transport
North Saint PaulNorth Saint Paul PoliceNorth Saint Paul FireLakeview Emergency Medical
RosevilleRoseville PoliceRoseville FireAllina Medical Transport
Saint AnthonySaint Anthony PoliceSaint Anthony FireAllina Medical Transport
Saint PaulSaint Paul PoliceSaint Paul FireSaint Paul Fire
ShoreviewRamsey County SheriffLake Johanna FireAllina Medical Transport
University of Minnesota-­‐St PaulUniversity PoliceSaint Paul FireSaint Paul Fire
Vadnais HeightsRamsey County SheriffVadnais Heights FireAllina Medical Transport
White Bear LakeWhite Bear Lake PoliceWhite Bear Lake FireWhite Bear Lake Fire
White Bear TownshipRamsey County SheriffWhite Bear Lake FireWhite Bear Lake Fire

County Attorney[edit]

The Ramsey County Attorney prosecutes felony and misdemeanor crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of Ramsey County. The current County Attorney is John Choi who was elected in 2010.

County Commissioners[edit]

The county commission elects a chair who presides at meetings. Commissioners as of November 2011

DistrictCommissionerIn office sinceCurrent term expires on December 31 of
1stBlake Huffman20132016
2ndMary Jo McGuire20132016
3rdJanice Rettman19972014
4thToni Carter20052014
5thRafael Ortega19952014
6thJim McDonough (Chair)20002014
7thVictoria Reinhardt19972016

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 170 square miles (440 km2), of which 152 square miles (390 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (11%) is water.[6] It is the smallest county by area in Minnesota. It has been considered completely urbanized since the 1990 United States Census.[7] Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information shows:Ramsey County Pie Chart New Wiki Version.pdf[8] An example of the countys native vegetation: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tamarack_Nature_Center_New_Wiki_Version.JPG


Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18502,227
186012,150445.6%
187023,08590.0%
188045,89098.8%
1890139,796204.6%
1900170,55422.0%
1910223,67531.1%
1920244,5549.3%
1930286,72117.2%
1940309,9358.1%
1950355,33214.6%
1960422,52518.9%
1970476,25512.7%
1980459,784−3.5%
1990485,7655.7%
2000511,0355.2%
2010508,640−0.5%
Est. 2013526,7143.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 511,035 people, 201,236 households, and 119,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,281 people per square mile (1,267/km²). There were 206,448 housing units at an average density of 1,325 per square mile (512/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.37% White, 7.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 8.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the county was 31.2% German, 14.3% Irish, 11.3% Norwegian, 9.5% Swedish, 7.2% English, and 5.9% French and/or French Canadian. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 2.9% of Ramsey County's population.

There were 201,236 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.40% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% 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 3.16.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,722, and the median income for a family was $57,747. (These figures had risen to $53,141 and $71,485, respectively, as of 2008.) Males had a median income of $39,806 versus $30,814 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,536. About 7.40% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Township[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Records[edit]

Ramsey County records are available for research use. They include school records, district and municipal court files, Board of Commissioners records, County Auditor records, Court of Common Pleas, probate court records, Saint Paul City Council records, and agency histories.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Ramsey County". Metro MSP. Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  5. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ramsey County Public Works: A System of Thoroughfares, Highways, Streets and Other Public Ways". Ramsey County. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61 - 64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 45°01′N 93°06′W / 45.02°N 93.10°W / 45.02; -93.10