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Nicollet County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Nicollet 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 [1]
Named for Joseph Nicolas Nicollet, a geographer-explorer
Seat St. Peter
Largest city North Mankato
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

466.95 sq mi (1,209 km²)
452.29 sq mi (1,171 km²)
14.65 sq mi (38 km²), 3.14%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

34,454
66/sq mi (25/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.nicollet.mn.us

Nicollet County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2020, the population was 34,454.[1] Its county seat is St. Peter[2].

Nicollet County is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 466.95 square miles (1,209.4 km2), of which 452.29 square miles (1,171.4 km2) (or 96.86%) is land and 14.65 square miles (37.9 km2) (or 3.14%) is water.[3]

Lakes[]

  • Annexstad Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
  • Erickson Lake: in Traverse Township
  • Middle Lake: the southwestern Middle Lake is in Granby Township; the northeastern Middle Lake is in Granby Township, Traverse Township, and Oshawa Township
  • Oak Leaf Lake: in Oshawa Township
  • Overson Lake: in Traverse Township
  • Rice Lake: in New Sweden Township
  • Sand Lake: in Lake Prairie Township
  • Swan Lake: about a quarter of the northwest part of the lake is in Brighton Township; about three eighths of the southwest part is in Courtland Township; another three eighths is in Granby Township; a very small part of the southeast shore is in Nicollet Township

Major highways[]

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 169.svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-4.svg Minnesota State Highway 4 (briefly)
  • MN-15.svg Minnesota State Highway 15
  • MN-22.svg Minnesota State Highway 22
  • MN-60.svg Minnesota State Highway 60
  • MN-99.svg Minnesota State Highway 99
  • MN-111.svg Minnesota State Highway 111
  • MN-295.svg Minnesota State Highway 295
  • MN-333.svg Minnesota State Highway 333

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,778
1870 8,362 121.3%
1880 12,333 47.5%
1890 13,382 8.5%
1900 14,774 10.4%
1910 14,125 −4.4%
1920 15,036 6.4%
1930 16,550 10.1%
1940 18,282 10.5%
1950 20,929 14.5%
1960 23,196 10.8%
1970 24,518 5.7%
1980 26,929 9.8%
1990 28,076 4.3%
2000 29,771 6.0%
2010 32,727 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 29,771 people, 10,642 households, and 7,311 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 11,240 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.37% White, 0.80% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.2% were of German, 13.3% Norwegian, 6.8% Swedish and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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

There were 10,642 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 16.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,170, and the median income for a family was $55,694. Males had a median income of $36,236 versus $25,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,517. About 4.30% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

Government and Politics[]

Nicollet County has been politically balanced in past decades. Since 1976 the county has selected the Democratic and Republican Party candidates in equal measure in national elections (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Nicollet County, Minnesota[5]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,018 47.15% 9,622 50.31% 485 2.54%
2016 8,437 46.62% 7,886 43.58% 1,774 9.80%
2012 8,214 44.75% 9,652 52.58% 491 2.67%
2008 7,968 43.67% 9,887 54.19% 390 2.14%
2004 8,689 48.98% 8,797 49.59% 255 1.44%
2000 7,221 47.11% 7,041 45.94% 1,065 6.95%
1996 5,057 36.53% 6,772 48.92% 2,013 14.54%
1992 5,091 33.85% 6,055 40.26% 3,893 25.89%
1988 6,878 49.92% 6,786 49.25% 115 0.83%
1984 7,472 55.97% 5,789 43.37% 88 0.66%
1980 6,436 47.25% 5,400 39.64% 1,786 13.11%
1976 6,071 49.58% 5,777 47.18% 397 3.24%
1972 6,230 56.28% 4,680 42.28% 159 1.44%
1968 4,671 50.58% 4,244 45.96% 319 3.45%
1964 3,605 41.27% 5,121 58.62% 10 0.11%
1960 5,283 57.08% 3,961 42.80% 11 0.12%
1956 5,322 66.81% 2,636 33.09% 8 0.10%
1952 5,775 68.77% 2,584 30.77% 39 0.46%
1948 3,576 48.82% 3,663 50.01% 86 1.17%
1944 4,345 64.83% 2,321 34.63% 36 0.54%
1940 4,674 62.01% 2,832 37.57% 31 0.41%
1936 2,360 33.70% 4,136 59.06% 507 7.24%
1932 2,217 35.03% 3,960 62.58% 151 2.39%
1928 3,628 59.13% 2,466 40.19% 42 0.68%
1924 2,518 50.05% 287 5.70% 2,226 44.25%
1920 4,115 83.45% 556 11.28% 260 5.27%
1916 1,288 58.44% 814 36.93% 102 4.63%
1912 525 21.64% 929 38.29% 972 40.07%
1908 1,392 59.28% 832 35.43% 124 5.28%
1904 1,677 74.04% 513 22.65% 75 3.31%
1900 1,684 64.13% 858 32.67% 84 3.20%
1896 1,803 66.41% 837 30.83% 75 2.76%
1892 1,098 47.70% 937 40.70% 267 11.60%



Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships Unincorporated
  • Belgrade Township
  • Bernadotte Township
  • Brighton Township
  • Courtland Township
  • Granby Township
  • Lafayette Township
  • Lake Prairie Township
  • New Sweden Township
  • Nicollet Township
  • Oshawa Township
  • Ridgely Township
  • Traverse Township
  • West Newton Township
  • Klossner
  • Norseland
  • St. George
  • West Newton
  • Bernadotte

† Mankato is mainly in Blue Earth County but extends into Nicollet County.
‡ North Mankato is mainly in Nicollet County but extends into Blue Earth County.

See also[]

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

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 44°20′N 94°15′W / 44.34, -94.25


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