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Sherburne County, Minnesota
SherburneCC.jpg
Historic Sherburne County Courthouse, built 1877
Logo of Sherburne County, Minnesota
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Map of Minnesota highlighting Sherburne County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1856[1]
Named for Moses Sherburne
Seat Elk River
Largest city Elk River
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

451 sq mi (1,168 km²)
433 sq mi (1,121 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 4.0%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

97,183
225/sq mi (87/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.sherburne.mn.us

Sherburne County is a county in Central Minnesota. At the 2020 United States Census, the population was 97,183.[2] The county seat is Elk River.[3]

Sherburne County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[]

The Wisconsin Territory was established by the federal government effective 3 July 1836, and existed until its eastern portion was granted statehood (as Wisconsin) in 1848. Therefore, the federal government set up the Minnesota Territory effective March 3, 1849. The newly organized territorial legislature created nine counties across the territory in October of that year. One of those original counties, Benton, had its southern section partitioned off on 25 February 1856 to form a new county. It was named Sherburne, to recognize Moses Sherburne (1808-1868), a prominent area attorney, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Minnesota Territory (1853-1857), who retired to the county and spent his final year of life there (in Orono).

The area now delineated by Big Lake Township was first settled in 1848; the small village was named Humboldt. When the county creation was announced in 1856, Humboldt was named the county seat. The area now covered by Elk River was also first settled in 1848. Two villages grew up, fairly close together: Orono (platted 1855); and Elk River Village (platted 1865). Their growth was such that by 1867 a county vote moved the county seat from Humboldt to Elk River (designated as "The Lower Town" in the vote, to distinguish it from nearby Orono. The two villages merged under the name 'Elk River' in 1881). Also in 1867, the village of Humboldt changed its name to Big Lake.

The boundaries of Sherburne County have remained as created since 1856.[4]

Geography[]

File:Sherburne Co Chart 2015 No Text Version.pdf

The Mississippi River flows southeast along the county's south border. The Rum River flows southeast through the county's upper east portion. The Elk River rises in nearby Benton County, and flows south-southeast through the western and southern part of Sherburne County, discharging into the Mississippi at Elk River. The Saint Francis River also rises in Benton and flows southward through the central part of Sherburne County, discharging into the Elk just north of Big Lake.

Sherburne County's wordmark.

The wordmark of Sherburne County in Minnesota.

The terrain of Sherburne County consists of low rolling hills, partially wooded, heavily sprinkled with lakes, ponds and depressions.[6] The soil of Sherburne County contains considerable sand and gravel due to glacial activity in past epochs, and thus is less suitable for agriculture than much of Minnesota.[7] The county terrain slopes to the south and east.[8] The county's highest point lies 3 miles (5 km) east-southeast of Saint Cloud, at 1,110' (338m) ASL.[9] The county has a total area of 451 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 433 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (4.0%) is water.[10]

Major highways[]

  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10
  • US 169 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • MN-24.svg Minnesota State Highway 24
  • MN-25.svg Minnesota State Highway 25
  • MN-101.svg Minnesota State Highway 101
  • MN-301.svg Minnesota State Highway 301

Airports[]

  • Leaders Clear Lake Airport (8Y6) - one mile (1.6 km) east of Clear Lake
  • Princeton Municipal Airport (PNM) - at SW edge of Princeton (on border between Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties)
  • St. Cloud Regional Airport (STC) - two miles (3 km) east of Saint Cloud

Adjacent counties[]

Protected areas[6][]

  • Bridgeview Park Reserve[11]
  • Clear Lake Scientific and Natural Area
  • Fremont Wildlife Management Area
  • Grams Regional Park[11]
  • Harry W. Cater Homestead Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
  • Island View Regional Park[11]
  • Oak Savanna Park[11]
  • Rice Lake Savanna Scientific and Natural Area
  • Sand Dunes State Forest
  • Sand Prairie Wildlife Management Area
  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
  • Uncas Dunes Scientific and Natural Area
  • William H. Houlton Conservation Area

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 723
1870 2,050 183.5%
1880 3,855 88.0%
1890 5,908 53.3%
1900 7,281 23.2%
1910 8,136 11.7%
1920 9,651 18.6%
1930 9,709 0.6%
1940 10,456 7.7%
1950 10,661 2.0%
1960 12,861 20.6%
1970 18,344 42.6%
1980 29,908 63.0%
1990 41,945 40.2%
2000 64,417 53.6%
2010 88,499 37.4%
US Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2020[16]

2000 census[]

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 US census data

At the 2000 United States Census, there were 64,417 people, 21,581 households and 16,746 families in the county. The population density was 148/sq mi (57.4/km2). There were 22,827 housing units at an average density of 52.7/sq mi (20.4/km2). The county's racial makeup was 96.73% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.1% were of German, 13.6% Norwegian, 7.5% Swedish and 6.2% Irish ancestry.

There were 21,581 households, of which 44.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.20% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.40% were non-families. 15.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.27.

The county population contained 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 33.90% from 25 to 44, 18.40% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.20 males.

The median household income was $57,014 and the median family income was $61,790. Males had a median income of $41,601 and females $27,689. The per capita income for the county was $21,322. About 2.30% of families and 4.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.50% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[]

Cities[]

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Bailey
  • Briggs Lake
  • Cable
  • Orrock
  • Salida
  • Santiago

Townships[]

  • Baldwin Township
  • Becker Township
  • Big Lake Township
  • Blue Hill Township
  • Clear Lake Township
  • Haven Township
  • Livonia Township
  • Orrock Township
  • Palmer Township
  • Santiago Township

Politics[]

Sherburne County has traditionally voted Republican. Since 1980 the county has selected the Republican Party candidate in 80% of national elections (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Sherburne County, Minnesota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 36,222 65.13% 18,065 32.48% 1,325 2.38%
2016 31,053 64.31% 13,293 27.53% 3,937 8.15%
2012 27,848 59.88% 17,597 37.84% 1,064 2.29%
2008 26,140 58.10% 17,957 39.91% 893 1.98%
2004 25,182 60.75% 15,816 38.15% 456 1.10%
2000 16,813 54.53% 12,109 39.27% 1,913 6.20%
1996 8,699 37.37% 10,551 45.33% 4,025 17.29%
1992 7,339 33.60% 7,843 35.91% 6,659 30.49%
1988 8,360 50.66% 7,959 48.23% 183 1.11%
1984 7,738 55.43% 6,140 43.98% 82 0.59%
1980 6,035 44.31% 6,229 45.73% 1,356 9.96%
1976 4,361 38.11% 6,678 58.36% 403 3.52%
1972 4,332 50.03% 4,070 47.01% 256 2.96%
1968 2,737 41.51% 3,481 52.80% 375 5.69%
1964 2,132 35.89% 3,787 63.75% 21 0.35%
1960 2,837 52.37% 2,568 47.41% 12 0.22%
1956 2,681 59.75% 1,796 40.03% 10 0.22%
1952 2,839 63.40% 1,630 36.40% 9 0.20%
1948 1,828 46.93% 1,958 50.27% 109 2.80%
1944 2,046 58.16% 1,447 41.13% 25 0.71%
1940 2,450 60.64% 1,570 38.86% 20 0.50%
1936 1,623 43.43% 1,881 50.33% 233 6.23%
1932 1,601 44.17% 1,938 53.46% 86 2.37%
1928 2,437 69.08% 1,064 30.16% 27 0.77%
1924 1,961 63.65% 180 5.84% 940 30.51%
1920 2,747 85.18% 307 9.52% 171 5.30%
1916 965 54.09% 731 40.98% 88 4.93%
1912 335 22.07% 360 23.72% 823 54.22%
1908 1,002 67.84% 366 24.78% 109 7.38%
1904 1,165 82.68% 186 13.20% 58 4.12%
1900 931 68.46% 373 27.43% 56 4.12%
1896 1,008 63.92% 536 33.99% 33 2.09%
1892 632 53.88% 290 24.72% 251 21.40%



See also[]

  • Great River Regional Library
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Sherburne County, Minnesota

References[]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/county.cfm. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Sherburne County, Minnesota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/sherburnecountyminnesota/PST045219. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 513–514. https://books.google.com/books?id=ShcLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA513. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61-64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  6. ^ a b Sherburne County MN Google Maps (accessed 25 April 2019)
  7. ^ Soil Survey of Sherburne County, Minnesota (USDA, n.d.) Accessed 25 April 2019
  8. ^ "Find an Altitude/Sherburne County MN" Google Maps (accessed 25 April 2019)
  9. ^ Sherburne County High Point - PeakBagger.com (accessed 25 April 2019)
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_27.txt. 
  11. ^ a b c d Sherburne County - Parks & Recreation (accessed April 25, 2019)
  12. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mn190090.txt. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  16. ^ "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2020-population-and-housing-state-data.html. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 45°26′N 93°46′W / 45.44, -93.77


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