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Red Lake County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Red Lake County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 24, 1896 [1]
Named for Red Lake and Red Lake River
Seat Red Lake Falls
Largest city Red Lake Falls
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

432.51 sq mi (1,120 km²)
432.43 sq mi (1,120 km²)
0.08 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
 - (2010)
 - Density

10/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

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

The Red Lake County Courthouse in Red Lake Falls in 2007

Red Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 4,089.[1] Its county seat is Red Lake Falls[2].


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 432.51 square miles (1,120.2 km2), of which 432.43 square miles (1,120.0 km2) (or 99.98%) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) (or 0.02%) is water.[3]

Major highways[]

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • MN-32.svg Minnesota State Highway 32
  • MN-92.svg Minnesota State Highway 92
  • MN-222.svg Minnesota State Highway 222

Adjacent counties[]


Red Lake County was formed on December 24, 1896 from sections of Polk County. It was named after the Red Lake River. Red Lake County is also the only county within the state of Minnesota to not have a single stop light within the entire county.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 12,195
1910 6,564 −46.2%
1920 7,263 10.6%
1930 6,887 −5.2%
1940 7,413 7.6%
1950 6,806 −8.2%
1960 5,830 −14.3%
1970 5,388 −7.6%
1980 5,471 1.5%
1990 4,525 −17.3%
2000 4,299 −5.0%
2010 4,089 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,299 people, 1,727 households, and 1,131 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 1,883 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.44% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 1.84% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.9% were of Norwegian, 25.0% German, 16.7% French and 6.3% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,727 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% 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 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,052, and the median income for a family was $40,275. Males had a median income of $28,494 versus $20,363 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,372. About 8.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships Unincorporated communities
  • Brooks
  • Oklee
  • Plummer
  • Red Lake Falls
  • Browns Creek Township
  • Emardville Township
  • Equality Township
  • Garnes Township
  • Gervais Township
  • Lake Pleasant Township
  • Lambert Township
  • Louisville Township
  • Poplar River Township
  • Red Lake Falls Township
  • River Township
  • Terrebonne Township
  • Wylie Township
  • Dorothy
  • Huot
  • Terrebonne

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Red Lake County, Minnesota


Coordinates: 47°53′N 96°06′W / 47.88, -96.10

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