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Winona County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Winona County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 23, 1854 [1]
Named for Winona, a female cousin of Wabasha, who was the last of three successive chiefs of the Mississippi band of Dakota with that name.
Seat Winona
Largest city Winona
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

641.59 sq mi (1,662 km²)
626.30 sq mi (1,622 km²)
15.29 sq mi (40 km²), 2.38%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

49,671
80/sq mi (31/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.winona.mn.us

Winona County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2020, the population was 49,671.[1] Its county seat is Winona[2].

History[]

Maiden Rock, from which legend has it the Dakota maiden called Winona leapt to her doom.

The name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called "Maiden's Rock" on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Princess Winona legend.

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Geography[]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 641.59 square miles (1,661.7 km2), of which 626.30 square miles (1,622.1 km2) (or 97.62%) is land and 15.29 square miles (39.6 km2) (or 2.38%) is water.[3]

Bodies of water[]

  • Airport Lake - Winona
  • Bartlet Lake - Winona
  • Bollers Lake - Goodview
  • Hunters Lake - Winona
  • Lake Goodview - Goodview
  • Lake Winona - Winona
  • Rileys Lake - vast majority in Winona, west edge in Goodview
  • Mississippi River - forms county's eastern border with Wisconsin
  • Whitewater River - flows northeast from the western side of the county

Major Highways[]

  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • US 14.svg U.S. Route 14
  • US 61.svg U.S. Route 61
  • MN-43.svg Minnesota State Highway 43
  • MN-74.svg Minnesota State Highway 74
  • MN-76.svg Minnesota State Highway 76
  • MN-248.svg Minnesota State Highway 248

Public Airports[]

  • Winona Municipal Airport - Max Conrad Field

Adjacent Counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 9,208
1870 22,319 142.4%
1880 27,107 21.5%
1890 33,797 24.7%
1900 35,686 5.6%
1910 33,398 −6.4%
1920 33,653 0.8%
1930 35,144 4.4%
1940 37,795 7.5%
1950 39,841 5.4%
1960 40,937 2.8%
1970 44,409 8.5%
1980 46,256 4.2%
1990 47,828 3.4%
2000 49,985 4.5%
2010 51,461 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

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

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 49,985 people, 18,744 households, and 11,696 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 19,551 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.80% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.8% were of German, 13.9% Norwegian, 9.9% Polish and 7.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,744 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.30% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.60% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 18.60% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,700, and the median income for a family was $49,845. Males had a median income of $31,926 versus $23,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,077. About 5.60% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[]

Winona County voters tend to vote Democratic. Since 1960 the county selected the Democratic Party candidate in 64% of national elections (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Winona County, Minnesota[5]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 13,227 48.68% 13,333 49.07% 613 2.26%
2016 12,122 46.49% 11,366 43.59% 2,586 9.92%
2012 11,480 42.16% 14,980 55.01% 772 2.83%
2008 10,975 39.29% 16,308 58.38% 652 2.33%
2004 12,686 46.26% 14,231 51.90% 505 1.84%
2000 10,773 45.04% 11,069 46.28% 2,076 8.68%
1996 7,955 36.80% 10,272 47.52% 3,389 15.68%
1992 8,585 35.02% 9,707 39.59% 6,226 25.39%
1988 11,012 50.92% 10,310 47.68% 302 1.40%
1984 11,981 55.03% 9,577 43.99% 212 0.97%
1980 10,332 45.11% 9,814 42.85% 2,757 12.04%
1976 10,436 47.62% 10,939 49.92% 539 2.46%
1972 10,910 56.45% 8,080 41.81% 337 1.74%
1968 7,998 45.85% 8,627 49.46% 818 4.69%
1964 6,345 35.71% 11,397 64.14% 28 0.16%
1960 9,271 52.14% 8,484 47.72% 25 0.14%
1956 9,743 61.30% 6,048 38.05% 102 0.64%
1952 10,723 64.51% 5,834 35.10% 64 0.39%
1948 6,880 44.93% 8,281 54.08% 152 0.99%
1944 8,296 57.19% 6,117 42.17% 93 0.64%
1940 9,599 56.83% 7,187 42.55% 105 0.62%
1936 5,353 34.42% 9,268 59.60% 930 5.98%
1932 4,751 35.70% 8,305 62.41% 252 1.89%
1928 7,459 53.16% 6,484 46.21% 88 0.63%
1924 5,670 43.53% 1,111 8.53% 6,245 47.94%
1920 7,888 69.81% 2,896 25.63% 516 4.57%
1916 2,916 47.94% 2,907 47.80% 259 4.26%
1912 1,042 16.54% 3,004 47.68% 2,254 35.78%
1908 3,014 48.23% 3,072 49.16% 163 2.61%
1904 3,734 61.22% 2,063 33.83% 302 4.95%
1900 3,305 47.35% 3,436 49.23% 239 3.42%
1896 3,935 51.51% 3,528 46.18% 176 2.30%
1892 2,734 39.95% 3,701 54.08% 409 5.98%



Winona County is represented in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Steve Drazkowski and Gene Pelowski. Jeremy Miller represents it in the Minnesota Senate. Winona County is in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, represented by Jim Hagedorn. There are five commissioners on the Winona County Board.[6]

Communities[]

Cities Townships Unincorporated
  • Altura
  • Dakota
  • Elba
  • Goodview
  • La Crescent
  • Lewiston
  • Minneiska
  • Minnesota City
  • Rollingstone
  • St. Charles
  • Stockton
  • Utica
  • Winona
  • Dresbach
  • Elba
  • Fremont
  • Hart
  • Hillsdale
  • Homer
  • Mount Vernon
  • New Hartford
  • Norton
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Richmond
  • Rollingstone
  • Saratoga
  • St. Charles
  • Utica
  • Warren
  • Whitewater
  • Wilson
  • Wiscoy
  • Ashton
  • Beaver
  • Bethany
  • Centerville
  • Clyde
  • Donehower
  • Enterprise
  • Fremont
  • Grover
  • Homer
  • Nodine
  • Pickwick
  • Pine Creek
  • Ridgeway
  • Saratoga
  • Troy
  • Whitewater Falls
  • Wilson
  • Witoka
  • Wyattville

† La Crescent is in Houston County but extends into Winona County.
‡ Minneiska is located in both Winona County and Wabasha County.

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Winona County, Minnesota

References[]

Further reading[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 43°59′N 91°46′W / 43.98, -91.77


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