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Fillmore County, Minnesota
CourthouseFillmoreCountyMinnesota.JPG
Fillmore County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Fillmore County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1853
Named for Millard Fillmore
Seat Preston
Largest city Spring Valley
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

862 sq mi (2,233 km²)
861 sq mi (2,230 km²)
0.8 sq mi (2 km²), 0.09%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

21,228
24.6/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.fillmore.mn.us

Fillmore County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 21,228.[1] Its county seat is Preston.[2] Fillmore County is included in the Rochester, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[]

Fillmore County was created on March 5, 1853.[3] It is named for Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States.[4] Fillmore County was an early destination for Euro-American settlement following the United States' 1851 treaties with the Dakota nations. Norwegian immigrants were particularly numerous. In 1860 Fillmore was Minnesota's most populous county.[5]

Geography[]

Fillmore County is on Minnesota's border with Iowa. The Root River drains the county, flowing eastward. The North Branch and the Middle Branch combine east of Shady Creek, while the South Branch meets their combined flow at Preston. Bear Creek drains the lower part of the county, discharging into the Root in the eastern part of the county. Willow Creek also drains a portion of the lower county, discharging into the Root at Preston. The Upper Iowa River flows eastward, mostly in adjoining Iowa counties, but briefly enters Fillmore County near the midpoint of its southern border.

The county's terrain consists of rolling hills, carved by gullies and drainages, with the available area dedicated to agriculture.[6] The terrain slopes to the east; its highest point is on the lower western border, at 1,378' (420m) ASL.[7] The county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 861 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.09%) is water.[8]

The county is part of the Driftless Area or Paleozoic plateau. This part of Minnesota was ice-free during the last ice age. Fillmore County also displays a karst topography. File:Fillmore Co pie chart No Text Version.pdf

Major highways[]

  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • MN-16.svg Minnesota State Highway 16
  • MN-30.svg Minnesota State Highway 30
  • MN-43.svg Minnesota State Highway 43
  • MN-44.svg Minnesota State Highway 44
  • MN-56.svg Minnesota State Highway 56
  • MN-74.svg Minnesota State Highway 74
  • MN-80.svg Minnesota State Highway 80
  • MN-139.svg Minnesota State Highway 139
  • MN-250.svg Minnesota State Highway 250
  • List of county roads

Adjacent counties[]

Protected areas[6][]

  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Mystery Cave State Park
  • Pin Oak Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
  • Rushford Sand Barrens Scientific and Natural Area
  • Wycoff Balsam Fir Scientific and Natural Area

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 13,542
1870 24,887 83.8%
1880 28,162 13.2%
1890 25,996 −7.7%
1900 28,288 8.8%
1910 25,680 −9.2%
1920 25,330 −1.4%
1930 24,748 −2.3%
1940 25,830 4.4%
1950 24,465 −5.3%
1960 23,768 −2.8%
1970 21,916 −7.8%
1980 21,930 0.1%
1990 20,777 −5.3%
2000 21,122 1.7%
2010 20,866 −1.2%
Est. 2021 21,271 [10] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2020[1]

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 census,[15] there were 20,866 people, 8,545 households, and 5,763 families in the county. The population density was 24.2/sqmi (9.36/km2). There were 9,732 housing units at an average density of 11.3/sqmi (4.36/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.2% White, 0.2% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. 1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,545 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.60% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.32% 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 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 28.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

In 2010, the median income for a household in the county was $45,888, and the median income for a family was $59,034. Males had a median income of $39,239 versus $33,571 for females. 2015 estimates state the per capita income for the county was $26,348. In 2015, about 7.4% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities[]

County landscape in autumn

Cities[]

  • Canton
  • Chatfield (part)
  • Fountain
  • Harmony
  • Lanesboro
  • Mabel
  • Ostrander
  • Peterson
  • Preston (county seat)
  • Rushford
  • Rushford Village
  • Spring Valley
  • Whalan
  • Wykoff

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Bratsberg
  • Carimona[6]
  • Cherry Grove
  • Clear Grit
  • Elliota
  • Etna
  • Fillmore
  • Forestville
  • Granger
  • Greenleafton
  • Hamilton
  • Henrytown
  • Highland
  • Lenora
  • Newburg
  • Prosper
  • York[6]

Townships[]

  • Amherst Township
  • Arendahl Township
  • Beaver Township
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Bristol Township
  • Canton Township
  • Carimona Township
  • Carrolton Township
  • Chatfield Township
  • Fillmore Township
  • Forestville Township
  • Fountain Township
  • Harmony Township
  • Holt Township
  • Jordan Township
  • Newburg Township
  • Norway Township
  • Pilot Mound Township
  • Preble Township
  • Preston Township
  • Spring Valley Township
  • Sumner Township
  • York Township

Government and politics[]

Fillmore County was a swing county until the 2016 presidential election. From 1980 to 2016, the county predicted the president 67% of the time. Since 2016, Fillmore County has shifted rightward and has voted for the Republican nominee by double digits.

United States presidential election results for Fillmore County, Minnesota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,301 60.14% 4,551 37.48% 289 2.38%
2016 6,271 56.73% 3,872 35.02% 912 8.25%
2012 4,913 45.11% 5,713 52.45% 266 2.44%
2008 4,993 44.45% 5,921 52.71% 320 2.85%
2004 5,694 48.67% 5,825 49.79% 179 1.53%
2000 4,646 45.45% 5,020 49.10% 557 5.45%
1996 3,466 35.15% 4,732 47.99% 1,663 16.86%
1992 3,583 33.62% 3,977 37.31% 3,098 29.07%
1988 5,004 54.39% 4,114 44.72% 82 0.89%
1984 6,342 58.94% 4,351 40.44% 67 0.62%
1980 6,452 57.04% 4,010 35.45% 850 7.51%
1976 5,984 54.61% 4,758 43.42% 215 1.96%
1972 7,107 67.94% 3,155 30.16% 198 1.89%
1968 6,257 58.99% 3,918 36.94% 432 4.07%
1964 4,824 45.29% 5,813 54.58% 14 0.13%
1960 7,507 65.60% 3,926 34.31% 11 0.10%
1956 7,004 67.09% 3,427 32.83% 9 0.09%
1952 8,405 76.02% 2,612 23.62% 40 0.36%
1948 5,587 55.16% 4,414 43.58% 127 1.25%
1944 6,339 66.29% 3,183 33.29% 40 0.42%
1940 7,839 66.98% 3,826 32.69% 39 0.33%
1936 5,054 48.58% 4,764 45.79% 586 5.63%
1932 4,979 48.22% 5,166 50.03% 180 1.74%
1928 7,719 77.77% 2,143 21.59% 63 0.63%
1924 5,550 62.75% 460 5.20% 2,835 32.05%
1920 7,341 85.92% 899 10.52% 304 3.56%
1916 2,945 65.20% 1,313 29.07% 259 5.73%
1912 1,169 26.21% 990 22.20% 2,301 51.59%
1908 3,259 69.85% 1,153 24.71% 254 5.44%
1904 3,242 80.15% 554 13.70% 249 6.16%
1900 3,741 69.81% 1,364 25.45% 254 4.74%
1896 4,195 66.05% 1,939 30.53% 217 3.42%
1892 2,925 56.53% 1,346 26.01% 903 17.45%



County Board of Commissioners[18]
Position Name District Next Election
Commissioner Mitch Lentz District 1 2024
Commissioner Randy Dahl District 2 2022
Commissioner Larry Hindt District 3 2024
Commissioner Duane Bakke District 4 2022
Commissioner Marc Prestby District 5 2024
State Legislature (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Jeremy Miller[19] Republican District 28
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Greg Davids[20] Republican District 28B
U.S Congress (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Jim Hagedorn[21] Republican 1st
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Amy Klobuchar[22] Democrat N/A
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Tina Smith[23] Democrat N/A

See also[]

  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Dream Acres
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Fillmore County, Minnesota

References[]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Fillmore County, Minnesota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/fillmorecountyminnesota/PST045221. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 190. https://archive.org/details/minnesotageogra00uphagoog. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. p. 125. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  5. ^ Frame III, Robert M. (July 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Fillmore County Multiple Resource Area". National Park Service. https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/64000354_text. 
  6. ^ a b c d Fillmore County MN Google Maps (accessed March 8, 2019)
  7. ^ ""Find an Altitude/Fillmore County MN" Google Maps (accessed March 8, 2019)". https://www.daftlogic.com/sandbox-google-maps-find-altitude.htm. 
  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. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43-48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  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". https://www.census.gov. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". https://www.census.gov. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  18. ^ "Commissioners". http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/commissioners/167-commissioners. 
  19. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.html?mem_id=1179. 
  20. ^ "Rep. Greg Davids (28B) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/10123. 
  21. ^ "Representative Jim Hagedorn" (in en). https://hagedorn.house.gov/. 
  22. ^ "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/. 
  23. ^ "Home" (in en). https://www.smith.senate.gov/. 

External links[]

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Coordinates: 43°41′N 92°05′W / 43.68, -92.09

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