Dodge County, Minnesota

Dodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 20,867 as of the 2020 census.[2] Its county seat is Mantorville.[3]

Dodge County
Dodge County Courthouse
Dodge County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Dodge County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 44°02′N 92°52′W / 44.03°N 92.86°W / 44.03; -92.86
Country United States
State Minnesota
FoundedFebruary 20, 1855[1]
Named forHenry Dodge
SeatMantorville
Largest cityKasson
Area
 • Total440 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land439 sq mi (1,140 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  0.07%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total20,867
 • Estimate 
(2021)
20,935 Increase
 • Density47.5/sq mi (18.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.co.dodge.mn.us

Dodge County is part of the Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

The area of present Dodge County was a hunting and battle ground for the Mdewakanton Sioux, often fighting Sauk and Fox Indians who wandered into their territory. Possibly the first non-indigenous person to enter the territory was a French fur trader from Canada in 1655. After the fur trappers and early explorers, the area was populated by settlers from New England. The 1820s and 1830s saw significant emigration, eased by completion of the Erie Canal (1825) and the end of the Black Hawk War (1831). They brought a passion for education, establishing many schools, as well as staunch support for abolitionism. They were members of the Congregational or Episcopal church. Culturally Dodge County was similar to colonial New England during the nineteenth century.[4] In 1853 government surveyors set lines for the townships. In 1854, two Mantor brothers and Eli P. Waterman established their claims in the area of present Mantorville. In early 1855, Dodge County was organized for local government. It was named for Henry Dodge, the first governor of Wisconsin (1836-1841).[5]

The Minnesota State Constitution placed Dodge County in the Fifth Judicial District on May 11, 1858. The county courthouse was constructed in 1865; it is presently the oldest still-used courthouse in Minnesota.[6] As the 20th century began, emigrants from Germany, Sweden and Norway flowed to Minnesota in increasing numbers. Their influence added Catholic and Lutheran influence to the cultural mix.

 
Soils of Dodge County[7]

GeographyEdit

The South Branch of the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River flows east-northeast through the upper central part of Dodge County. Salem Creek and Harkcom Creek drain the county to the east. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, devoted to agriculture where possible.[8] The terrain slopes to the northeast; its highest point is on the eastern part of its southern border, at 1,352' (412m) ASL.[9] The county has a total area of 440 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 439 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.07%) is water.[10]

Dodge County is in southeastern Minnesota and is 24 miles (39 km) long and 18 miles (29 km) wide. The central and northern parts are hilly and thickly wooded with pebbly, loose soil that allows for wheat agriculture. The southern part, in contrast, is flat and wet, more suited to grazing livestock. The soil is very fertile, with heavy black loam. Dodge is one of seven southern Minnesota counties that have no forest ecosystems; only prairie and savanna soils exist here.

Dodge County's plentiful sand and rock also make the area a center for building. Quarries in Mantorville were once enterprises and consist of layers of thick stone that can be cut into any desired shape. Wasioja is known nationwide for its excellent "Wasioja stone."

StreamsEdit

LakesEdit

  • Rice Lake (part)
  • Zumbro River Reservoir

Major highwaysEdit

AirportEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18603,797
18708,598126.4%
188011,34431.9%
189010,864−4.2%
190013,34022.8%
191012,094−9.3%
192012,5523.8%
193012,127−3.4%
194012,9316.6%
195012,624−2.4%
196013,2595.0%
197013,037−1.7%
198014,77313.3%
199015,7316.5%
200017,73112.7%
201020,08713.3%
202020,8673.9%
2021 (est.)20,935[11]4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2020[2]
 
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 census,[16] there were 17,731 people, 6,420 households, and 4,853 families in the county. The population density was 40.4/sqmi (15.6/km2). There were 6,642 housing units at an average density of 15.1/sqmi (5.84/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.2% were of German, 26.9% Norwegian, 5.8% Irish, 5.8% American and 5.1% English ancestry.

There were 6,420 households, out of which 40.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.40% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.15.

The county population contained 30.20% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,437, and the median income for a family was $54,261. Males had a median income of $34,195 versus $25,903 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,259. About 4.40% of families and 5.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.80% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

PoliticsEdit

Dodge County voters have been reliably Republican for decades. In only one national election since 1964 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Dodge County, Minnesota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,783 63.86% 4,079 33.47% 325 2.67%
2016 6,527 61.26% 3,102 29.12% 1,025 9.62%
2012 5,522 53.47% 4,487 43.45% 318 3.08%
2008 5,468 53.54% 4,463 43.70% 282 2.76%
2004 5,593 56.68% 4,117 41.72% 158 1.60%
2000 4,213 52.34% 3,370 41.86% 467 5.80%
1996 2,888 38.84% 3,233 43.48% 1,314 17.67%
1992 3,049 38.25% 2,620 32.87% 2,303 28.89%
1988 3,848 56.21% 2,925 42.73% 73 1.07%
1984 4,428 60.97% 2,786 38.36% 48 0.66%
1980 3,900 54.93% 2,698 38.00% 502 7.07%
1976 3,446 52.23% 3,009 45.60% 143 2.17%
1972 3,863 65.08% 1,921 32.36% 152 2.56%
1968 3,064 53.67% 2,437 42.69% 208 3.64%
1964 2,474 44.02% 3,138 55.84% 8 0.14%
1960 3,769 63.42% 2,170 36.51% 4 0.07%
1956 3,205 63.78% 1,814 36.10% 6 0.12%
1952 3,893 70.68% 1,582 28.72% 33 0.60%
1948 2,381 47.99% 2,523 50.86% 57 1.15%
1944 2,902 61.42% 1,808 38.26% 15 0.32%
1940 3,257 57.90% 2,357 41.90% 11 0.20%
1936 2,138 41.61% 2,812 54.73% 188 3.66%
1932 2,129 43.53% 2,675 54.69% 87 1.78%
1928 3,569 74.49% 1,196 24.96% 26 0.54%
1924 2,856 65.97% 215 4.97% 1,258 29.06%
1920 3,386 83.40% 516 12.71% 158 3.89%
1916 1,260 55.80% 895 39.64% 103 4.56%
1912 470 23.35% 543 26.97% 1,000 49.68%
1908 1,454 69.77% 515 24.71% 115 5.52%
1904 1,499 75.86% 319 16.14% 158 8.00%
1900 1,611 65.06% 674 27.22% 191 7.71%
1896 1,900 65.09% 911 31.21% 108 3.70%
1892 1,219 55.33% 536 24.33% 448 20.34%


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Dodge County, Minnesota". www.census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ The Jones-Steele Family History: Dodge County, Minnesota by Earl W. Velander, Georgean Velander E. & G. Velander, 1990
  5. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 171.
  6. ^ "Dodge County Courthouse". Minnesota Judicial Branch. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43-48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ Dodge County MN Google Maps (accessed March 7, 2019)
  9. ^ "Find an Altitude/Dodge County MN" Google Maps (accessed March 7, 2019)
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 44°02′N 92°52′W / 44.03°N 92.86°W / 44.03; -92.86