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Becker County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Becker County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 18, 1858 [1]
Named for George Loomis Becker, a lawyer and politician.
Seat Detroit Lakes
Largest city Detroit Lakes
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,445 sq mi (3,743 km²)
1,310 sq mi (3,394 km²)
135 sq mi (349 km²), 9.32%
 - (2000)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Becker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 30,000. Its county seat is Detroit Lakes6. A portion of the White Earth Indian Reservation extends into the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,743 km² (1,445 sq mi). 3,394 km² (1,310 sq mi) of it is land and 349 km² (135 sq mi) of it (9.32%) is water.

Major highways[]

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census² of 2000, there were 30,000 people, 11,844 households, and 8,184 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 16,612 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.35% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 7.52% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.2% were of German, 26.0% Norwegian and 5.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,844 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,797, and the median income for a family was $41,807. Males had a median income of $29,641 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,085. About 8.50% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

On ePodunk : Becker County & Becker Cty. ancestry:
German - 31%; Norwegian - 23%; Swedish - 7% (2000)


Becker County is the setting for the 2006 film "Sweet Land", though it was filmed in Chippewa County.

Cities and towns[]

A country road in Becker County in summer

Cities Townships

External links[]

Coordinates: 46°56′N 95°40′W / 46.93, -95.67

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