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Rock County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Rock County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857 [1]
Named for The prominent rock deposit in the county.
Seat Luverne
Largest city Luverne
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

483 sq mi (1,251 km²)
483 sq mi (1,250 km²)
0 sq mi (1 km²), 0.05%
 - (2000)
 - Density

20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Rock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 9,721. Its county seat is Luverne6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,251 km² (483 sq mi). 1,250 km² (483 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.05%) is water.


Although Rock County contains no natural lakes, it does have a small lake created by a dam in Blue Mounds State Park.

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Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,721 people, 3,843 households, and 2,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 8/km² (20/sq mi). There were 4,137 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (9/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.4% were of German, 23.8% Dutch and 16.5% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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

There were 3,843 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,102, and the median income for a family was $44,296. Males had a median income of $28,776 versus $22,166 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,411. About 5.50% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships

† Jasper is in Pipestone County but a small part extends into Rock County.

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Coordinates: 43°40′N 96°15′W / 43.67, -96.25

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