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Chippewa County, Minnesota
Chippewa County Bank 2013.jpg
Chippewa County Bank in Montevideo.
Map of Minnesota highlighting Chippewa 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 (created)
1868 (organized)[1]
Named for Chippewa River[2]
Seat Montevideo
Largest city Montevideo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

588 sq mi (1,523 km²)
581 sq mi (1,505 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

12,598
21.7/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.chippewa.mn.us

Chippewa County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 12,598.[3] Its county seat is Montevideo.[4] The county was formed in 1862, and was organized in 1868.

Geography[]

File:Chippewa Co Pie Chart No Text Version.pdf

The upper part of the county's western boundary is formed by the outline of Lac qui Parle reservoir, which was formed when the Minnesota River was dammed in 1939. The Minnesota River flows southeast from the lake, along the county's southwestern border, while the Chippewa River flows south through the western part of the county to discharge into the Minnesota at the county's southern border. The Dry Weather Creek drains the west-central part of the county into the Chippewa, while the Palmer Creek drains the lower central part of the county into the Minnesota near the county's southernmost point. The county terrain consists of low rolling hills, devoted to agriculture.[6] The terrain generally slopes to the south, and locally to the river valleys. The county's highest point is near its southeastern corner, section 23 of Rheiderland Township, at 1,142' (348m) [7] The county has a total area of 588 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 581 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (1.1%) is water.[8]

Lakes[]

  • Carlton Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Norboro Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Shakopee Lake
  • Watson Sag

[6]

Major highways[]

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • US 212 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 212
  • MN-7.svg Minnesota State Highway 7
  • MN-23.svg Minnesota State Highway 23
  • MN-29.svg Minnesota State Highway 29
  • MN-40.svg Minnesota State Highway 40

Adjacent counties[]

Protected areas[]

  • Boike State Wildlife Management Area
  • Franko State Wildlife Management Area
  • Gneiss Outcrops Scientific and Natural Area
  • Minnesota River Valley Overlook
  • Spartan State Wildlife Management Area

[6]

Climate and weather[]

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source: The Weather Channel[9]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Montevideo have ranged from a low of 2 °F (−17 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −37 °F (−38.3 °C) was recorded in January 1970 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.86 inches (22 mm) in December to 4.24 inches (108 mm) in June.[9]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 1,467
1880 5,408 268.6%
1890 8,555 58.2%
1900 12,499 46.1%
1910 13,458 7.7%
1920 15,720 16.8%
1930 15,762 0.3%
1940 16,927 7.4%
1950 16,739 −1.1%
1960 16,320 −2.5%
1970 15,109 −7.4%
1980 14,941 −1.1%
1990 13,228 −11.5%
2000 13,088 −1.1%
2010 12,441 −4.9%
Est. 2021 12,357 [10] −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2020[3]

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2000 census[]

As of the 2000 census,[15] there were 13,088 people, 5,361 households, and 3,597 families in the county. The population density was 22.5/sqmi (8.70/km2). There were 5,855 housing units at an average density of 10.1/sqmi (3.89/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.78% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.8% were of Norwegian and 36.8% German ancestry.

There were 5,361 households, out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

The county population contained 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,582, and the median income for a family was $45,160. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $20,384 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,039. About 4.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Clara City
  • Granite Falls (partial)
  • Maynard
  • Milan
  • Montevideo (county seat)
  • Watson

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Asbury
  • Big Bend City
  • Bunde
  • Churchill
  • Gracelock[6]
  • Gluek
  • Hagan
  • Louriston
  • Wegdahl

Townships[]

  • Big Bend Township
  • Crate Township
  • Grace Township
  • Granite Falls Township
  • Havelock Township
  • Kragero Township
  • Leenthrop Township
  • Lone Tree Township
  • Louriston Township
  • Mandt Township
  • Rheiderland Township
  • Rosewood Township
  • Sparta Township
  • Stoneham Township
  • Tunsberg Township
  • Woods Township

Government and politics[]

Chippewa County voters have tended to vote Democratic in recent decades. As of 2020 the county has selected the Democratic nominee in 67% of presidential elections since 1980. Donald Trump was the first Republican nominee to win the county since George W. Bush in 2000, receiving 60.5% of the vote.

United States presidential election results for Chippewa County, Minnesota[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,250 64.29% 2,226 33.67% 135 2.04%
2016 3,764 60.50% 1,978 31.79% 480 7.71%
2012 2,967 47.85% 3,083 49.72% 151 2.44%
2008 2,907 45.74% 3,280 51.60% 169 2.66%
2004 3,089 46.76% 3,424 51.83% 93 1.41%
2000 2,977 46.87% 2,952 46.47% 423 6.66%
1996 2,119 34.60% 3,178 51.89% 827 13.50%
1992 2,143 32.39% 2,929 44.26% 1,545 23.35%
1988 3,190 48.97% 3,238 49.71% 86 1.32%
1984 3,964 55.95% 3,047 43.01% 74 1.04%
1980 4,252 52.51% 3,164 39.08% 681 8.41%
1976 3,254 40.44% 4,648 57.77% 144 1.79%
1972 3,787 50.18% 3,630 48.10% 130 1.72%
1968 3,195 44.70% 3,701 51.78% 251 3.51%
1964 2,806 38.10% 4,550 61.78% 9 0.12%
1960 3,915 51.69% 3,643 48.10% 16 0.21%
1956 3,623 51.32% 3,434 48.64% 3 0.04%
1952 4,411 57.90% 3,171 41.63% 36 0.47%
1948 2,569 38.65% 3,888 58.50% 189 2.84%
1944 2,967 47.25% 3,264 51.98% 48 0.76%
1940 3,307 45.05% 3,969 54.07% 64 0.87%
1936 2,223 33.89% 4,027 61.40% 309 4.71%
1932 1,940 32.41% 3,888 64.95% 158 2.64%
1928 3,547 62.77% 2,032 35.96% 72 1.27%
1924 2,140 42.29% 140 2.77% 2,780 54.94%
1920 3,532 69.75% 960 18.96% 572 11.30%
1916 1,311 46.79% 1,134 40.47% 357 12.74%
1912 412 15.48% 870 32.68% 1,380 51.84%
1908 1,409 58.98% 799 33.44% 181 7.58%
1904 1,830 79.60% 338 14.70% 131 5.70%
1900 1,432 63.70% 707 31.45% 109 4.85%
1896 1,310 54.61% 1,037 43.23% 52 2.17%
1892 730 44.51% 507 30.91% 403 24.57%



presidential County Board of Commissioners[17]
Position Name District
Commissioner Matt Gilbertson District 1
Commissioner Jeffrey Lopez District 2
Commissioner David Nordaune District 3
Commissioner Jim Dahlvang District 4
Commissioner David Lieser District 5
State Legislature (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Andrew Lang[18] Republican District 17
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Tim Miller[19] Republican District 17A
U.S Congress (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Michelle Fischbach Republican 7th
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Amy Klobuchar[20] Democrat N/A
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Tina Smith[21] Democrat N/A

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Chippewa County, Minnesota

References[]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/county.cfm?SendingPage=Region.cfm&county=12. 
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 102. https://archive.org/details/minnesotageogra00uphagoog. 
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Chippewa County, Minnesota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/chippewacountyminnesota/PST045221. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 65-67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ a b c d Chippewa County MN Google Maps (accessed March 6, 2019)
  7. ^ "Chippewa County topographic map, elevation, relief". https://en-gb.topographic-map.com/maps/efcl/Chippewa-County/. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_27.txt. 
  9. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Montevideo MN". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USMN0510. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/popest/2020s-counties-total.html. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mn190090.txt. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "County Commissioners | Chippewa County, MN". http://www.co.chippewa.mn.us/224/County-Commissioners. 
  18. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.php?member_id=1223. 
  19. ^ "Rep. Tim Miller (17A) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15440. 
  20. ^ "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/. 
  21. ^ "Home" (in en). https://www.smith.senate.gov/. 

External links[]

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Coordinates: 45°02′N 95°34′W / 45.03, -95.56

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