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Lake County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Lake County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1856 [1]
Named for Lake Superior
Seat Two Harbors
Largest city Two Harbors
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,991 sq mi (7,746 km²)
2,099 sq mi (5,437 km²)
892 sq mi (2,309 km²), 29.81%
 - (2000)
 - Density

5/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 11,058. Its county seat is Two Harbors6. Lake County was founded on 2/20/1855 as Superior County and immediately had its name changed couple of weeks later on 3/3/1855 to St. Louis County. A year later on 3/1/1856, St. Louis County became Lake County while Newton County to the west was renamed St. Louis County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 7,746 km² (2,991 sq mi). 5,437 km² (2,099 sq mi) of it is land and 2,309 km² (892 sq mi) of it (29.81%) is water.

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Lake County Courthouse

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,058 people, 4,646 households, and 3,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (5/sq mi). There were 6,840 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.99% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.3% were of Norwegian, 17.8% German, 14.3% Swedish, 8.4% Finnish, 6.3% Irish and 5.4% English ancestry.

There were 4,646 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 20.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,402, and the median income for a family was $46,980. Males had a median income of $39,719 versus $26,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,761. About 5.50% of families and 7.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities Unorganized

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Coordinates: 47°32′N 91°23′W / 47.53, -91.39

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