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Watonwan County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Watonwan County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1860 [1]
Named for Taken from the Dakota word, "watanwan," meaning "fish bait," or "where fish bait abounds."
Seat St. James
Largest city St. James
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

440 sq mi (1,139 km²)
435 sq mi (1,125 km²)
5 sq mi (14 km²), 1.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density

27/sq mi (11/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Watonwan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 11,876. Its county seat is St. James6. The county was organized in 1860, two years after Minnesota was granted statehood.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,139 km² (440 sq mi). 1,125 km² (435 sq mi) of it is land and 14 km² (5 sq mi) of it (1.23%) is water. The county is drained by the Watonwan River and its tributaries; the river flows eastwardly through the northern part of the county.[1]

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

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,876 people, 4,627 households, and 3,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (27/sq mi). There were 5,036 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 88.54% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 8.78% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 15.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.9% were of German, 17.3% Norwegian and 5.8% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 4,627 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,441, and the median income for a family was $42,321. Males had a median income of $29,242 versus $19,788 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,413. About 7.80% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships

† Ormsby is located in both Watonwan and Martin County.


  1. ^ {{cite book| title= Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer |year=1994 |publisher= DeLorme

Coordinates: 43°59′N 94°37′W / 43.98, -94.61

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