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Wilkin County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wilkin County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1868 [1]
Named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, a lawyer who served as Minnesota’s U.S. marshal and was later killed in the Civil War.
Seat Breckenridge
Largest city Breckenridge
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

752 sq mi (1,947 km²)
751 sq mi (1,946 km²)
0 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

The Wilkin County Courthouse in Breckenridge in 2007

Wilkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was originally established as Toombs County on March 8, 1858, named after Robert Toombs (1810-85) of Georgia, who had been a member of Congress, 1845-53, and was U.S. senator, 1853-61. Mr. Toombs became a leading disunionist, then a Confederate secretary of state in 1861, and later was a Confederate general. In 1863, the county was renamed Andy Johnson County after President Andrew Johnson and to disassociate with Mr. Toombs. The county again changed its name to Wilkin County in March 6, 1868.

Toombs County was formed from Pembina County. It is the parental county for Traverse County, and now are parts of Clay, Otter Tail, Grant, Stevens, Douglas and Pope Counties. As of 2000, the population of Wilkin County is 7,138. Its county seat is Breckenridge6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,947 km² (752 sq mi). 1,946 km² (751 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.03%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,138 people, 2,752 households, and 1,926 families residing in the county. The population density was 4/km² (10/sq mi). There were 3,105 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (4/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.77% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.8% were of German and 29.2% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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

There were 2,752 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,093, and the median income for a family was $46,220. Males had a median income of $31,273 versus $20,925 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,873. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships

† Rothsay is located in both Wilkin County and Otter Tail County.

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Coordinates: 46°22′N 96°28′W / 46.36, -96.47

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