Big Stone County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Big Stone County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1862 [1]
Named for Big Stone Lake
Seat Ortonville
Largest city Ortonville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

528 sq mi (1,367 km²)
497 sq mi (1,287 km²)
31 sq mi (80 km²), 5.86%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

Big Stone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 5,820. Its county seat is Ortonville6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,367 km² (528 sq mi). 1,287 km² (497 sq mi) of it is land and 80 km² (31 sq mi) of it (5.86%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,820 people, 2,377 households, and 1,611 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (12/sq mi). There were 3,171 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.44% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.7% were of German, 21.0% Norwegian, 8.0% Swedish and 6.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,377 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 21.90% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,721, and the median income for a family was $37,354. Males had a median income of $27,857 versus $20,123 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,708. About 7.80% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

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

On ePodunk : Big Stone County & Big Stone Cty. ancestry :
German - 40%; Norwegian - 20%; Swedish - 9% (2000)

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Coordinates: 45°26′N 96°25′W / 45.43, -96.41

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