Grant County, Minnesota

Grant County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,074.[1] Its county seat is Elbow Lake.[2]

Grant County
Grant County Courthouse
Grant County Courthouse
Official seal of Grant County
Map of Minnesota highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°56′N 96°01′W / 45.93°N 96.01°W / 45.93; -96.01
Country United States
State Minnesota
FoundedMarch 6, 1868 (created)
1874 (organized)
Named forUlysses S. Grant
SeatElbow Lake
Largest cityElbow Lake
Area
 • Total575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land548 sq mi (1,420 km2)
 • Water27 sq mi (70 km2)  4.7%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total6,074
 • Estimate 
(2021)
6,153 Increase
 • Density11.1/sq mi (4.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.co.grant.mn.us

HistoryEdit

The county was created on March 6, 1868. It was named for Civil War General and US President Ulysses S. Grant.[3][4] Its government was organized in 1874.[3]

GeographyEdit

The Chippewa River flows generally southward through the eastern part of Grant County. The Mustinka River flows south and then west-southwest through the upper and central parts of western Grant County. The terrain consists of low rolling hills dotted with lakes, its usable areas devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain generally slopes to the south and east; its highest point is on its upper eastern border, at 1,375' (409m) ASL.[6] The county has an area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 548 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.7%) is water.[7]

 
Soils of Grant County[8]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Protected areas[5]Edit

  • Alvstad State Wildlife Management Area
  • Berksow State Wildlife Management Area
  • Chippewa State Wildlife Management Area
  • Helsene State Wildlife Management Area
  • Isaacson State Wildlife Management Area
  • Kube-Swift State Wildlife Management Area
  • Malsville State Wildlife Management Area
  • Marple State Wildlife Management Area
  • Mustinka State Wildlife Management Area
  • Storm-Bordson State Wildlife Management Area
  • Wilts State Wildlife Management Area

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870340
18803,004783.5%
18906,875128.9%
19008,93530.0%
19109,1142.0%
19209,7887.4%
19309,558−2.3%
19409,8282.8%
19509,542−2.9%
19608,870−7.0%
19707,462−15.9%
19807,171−3.9%
19906,246−12.9%
20006,2890.7%
20106,018−4.3%
20206,0740.9%
2021 (est.)6,153[9]1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2020[1]
 
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 census,[14] there were 6,289 people, 2,534 households, and 1,740 families in the county. The population density was 11.6/sqmi (4.50/km2). There were 3,098 housing units at an average density of 5.74/sqmi (2.22/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.28% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.2% were of Norwegian, 30.0% German and 7.4% Swedish ancestry.

There were 2,534 households, out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.94.

The county population contained 23.90% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 22.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,775, and the median income for a family was $42,214. Males had a median income of $28,428 versus $20,240 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,131. About 6.00% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Ghost townsEdit

TownshipsEdit

Government and politicsEdit

Grant County is a swing district that has leaned Republican in recent elections. As of 2016, the county has selected the Republican presidential candidate in 60% of national elections from 1980 inclusive.

United States presidential election results for Grant County, Minnesota[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,269 62.82% 1,300 35.99% 43 1.19%
2016 2,063 59.40% 1,105 31.82% 305 8.78%
2012 1,748 50.13% 1,647 47.23% 92 2.64%
2008 1,646 45.66% 1,850 51.32% 109 3.02%
2004 1,893 49.57% 1,856 48.60% 70 1.83%
2000 1,804 49.78% 1,507 41.58% 313 8.64%
1996 1,284 36.05% 1,806 50.70% 472 13.25%
1992 1,201 32.76% 1,561 42.58% 904 24.66%
1988 1,693 46.04% 1,950 53.03% 34 0.92%
1984 2,111 52.84% 1,867 46.73% 17 0.43%
1980 2,054 48.08% 1,822 42.65% 396 9.27%
1976 1,635 37.69% 2,624 60.49% 79 1.82%
1972 1,899 46.84% 2,085 51.43% 70 1.73%
1968 1,929 47.11% 1,982 48.40% 184 4.49%
1964 1,734 39.72% 2,631 60.26% 1 0.02%
1960 2,239 48.93% 2,333 50.98% 4 0.09%
1956 2,064 49.41% 2,107 50.44% 6 0.14%
1952 2,665 59.51% 1,791 40.00% 22 0.49%
1948 1,789 40.77% 2,378 54.19% 221 5.04%
1944 1,898 48.93% 1,969 50.76% 12 0.31%
1940 2,443 51.28% 2,291 48.09% 30 0.63%
1936 1,566 38.43% 2,358 57.87% 151 3.71%
1932 1,148 29.17% 2,702 68.67% 85 2.16%
1928 2,057 54.33% 1,687 44.56% 42 1.11%
1924 1,674 49.21% 118 3.47% 1,610 47.33%
1920 2,427 75.80% 533 16.65% 242 7.56%
1916 878 49.19% 778 43.59% 129 7.23%
1912 146 9.36% 381 24.42% 1,033 66.22%
1908 1,099 70.04% 376 23.96% 94 5.99%
1904 1,209 87.67% 102 7.40% 68 4.93%
1900 1,062 65.76% 456 28.24% 97 6.01%
1896 1,002 56.29% 739 41.52% 39 2.19%
1892 776 55.35% 319 22.75% 307 21.90%


County Board of Commissioners[16]
Position Name District
Commissioner Troy Johnson District 1
Commissioner Dwight Walvatne District 2
Commissioner Keith Swanson District 3
Commissioner Bill LaValley District 4
Commissioner and Chairperson Doyle Sperr District 5
State Legislature (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
  Senate Torrey Westrom[17] Republican District 12
  House of Representatives Jeff Backer[18] Republican District 12A
U.S Congress (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
  House of Representatives Michelle Fischbach Republican 7th
  Senate Amy Klobuchar[19] Democrat N/A
  Senate Tina Smith[20] Democrat N/A

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Grant County, Minnesota". www.census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. p. 213. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 141.
  5. ^ a b Grant County MN Google Maps (accessed March 9, 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude/Grant County MN" Google Maps (accessed March 9, 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 65-67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "County Commissioners | Grant County, MN - Official Website". www.co.grant.mn.us. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  17. ^ "MN State Senate". www.senate.mn. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  18. ^ "Rep. Jeff Backer (12A) - Minnesota House of Representatives". www.house.leg.state.mn.us. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  19. ^ "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". www.klobuchar.senate.gov. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "Home". Senator Tina Smith. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 45°56′N 96°01′W / 45.93°N 96.01°W / 45.93; -96.01