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Pennington County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pennington County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1910 [1]
Named for Edmund Pennington, a longtime railroad operator.
Seat Thief River Falls
Largest city Thief River Falls
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

618 sq mi (1,601 km²)
617 sq mi (1,597 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.29%
 - (2000)
 - Density

22/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pennington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 13,584. Its county seat is Thief River Falls6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,601 km² (618 sq mi). 1,597 km² (617 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.29%) is water.

Major Highways[]

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-1.svg Minnesota State Highway 1
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-219.svg Minnesota State Highway 219
  • Pennington County 3: Major connector between Pennington County and Grand Forks. Connects with Polk County 21.
  • Pennington County 7: Connects Thief River Falls to the Airport.
  • Pennington County 10: Major gravel route, also known as Pembina Trail.
  • Pennington County 16: US-59 Truck Bypass of Thief River Falls, connects US-59 / MN-1 on the west side of town to MN-32 on the south side of town.
  • Pennington County 27 & 28: Designated and designed for heavy truck traffic connecting US-2 to Roseau County and Marshall County.

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,584 people, 5,525 households, and 3,552 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (22/sq mi). There were 6,033 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.02% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.0% were of Norwegian, 15.4% German and 7.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,525 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% 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 2.95.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,216, and the median income for a family was $43,936. Males had a median income of $30,771 versus $21,078 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,346. About 7.70% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships

Municipalities or former towns (Listed on County Abstracts, except Kratka)

Coordinates: 48°04′N 96°02′W / 48.07, -96.04

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