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Wright County, Minnesota
HowardLakeCityHall.jpg
Howard Lake City Hall
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wright County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1855[1]
Named for Silas Wright
Seat Buffalo
Largest city Otsego
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

714 sq mi (1,849 km²)
661 sq mi (1,712 km²)
53 sq mi (137 km²), 7.4%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

141,337
213.8/sq mi (83/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.wright.mn.us

Wright County is a county in the East Central part of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 141,337.[2] Its county seat is Buffalo.[3] The county was founded in 1855. Wright County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. In terms of population, Wright County is the tenth-largest county in Minnesota and the second-fastest growing.

History[]

The county was established in 1855, and was named for New York politician Silas Wright.[4] The first county seat was Monticello; in 1868 the county seat was changed to Buffalo. Most of the area's first settlers were of German and Swedish origin. The county's population in 1860 was 3,729; in 1875, it was 13,775.[5]

The 1998 thriller A Simple Plan was set in Wright County, though it does not mention a specific town.

Geography[]

File:Wright Co Pie Chart No Text Version.pdf

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has an area of 714 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 661 square miles (1,710 km2) is land and 53 square miles (140 km2) (7.4%) is water.[7] The terrain is undulating and contains numerous small lakes. The county is bounded on the northeast by the Mississippi River.[5] Wright is one of 17 Minnesota savanna region counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils, and one of only two Minnesota counties where savanna soils make up more than 75% of the county area (the other is Hennepin County).

Soils of Lake Maria State Park

Major highways[]

  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52 (runs hidden with I-94)
  • MN-24.svg Minnesota State Highway 24
  • MN-25.svg Minnesota State Highway 25
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55
  • MN-101.svg Minnesota State Highway 101
  • MN-241.svg Minnesota State Highway 241

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,729
1870 9,457 153.6%
1880 18,104 91.4%
1890 24,164 33.5%
1900 29,157 20.7%
1910 28,082 −3.7%
1920 28,685 2.1%
1930 27,119 −5.5%
1940 27,550 1.6%
1950 27,716 0.6%
1960 29,935 8.0%
1970 38,933 30.1%
1980 58,681 50.7%
1990 68,710 17.1%
2000 89,986 31.0%
2010 124,700 38.6%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2020[12]

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2010[]

The ethnic makeup of the county, according to the 2010 United States Census, was the following:

2000[]

As of the 2000 census, there were 89,986 people, 31,465 households, and 23,913 families in the county. The population density was 136 people per square mile (53/km2). There were 34,355 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.85% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.3% were of German, 11.9% Norwegian, 7.4% Swedish and 6.6% Irish ancestry.

There were 31465 households, out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 18.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.26.

The county population contained 31.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% over age 64. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,945, and the median income for a family was $60,940. Males had a median income of $40,630 versus $28,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,844. About 3.60% of families and 4.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.50% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[]

United States presidential election results for Wright County, Minnesota[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 51,973 63.05% 28,430 34.49% 2,023 2.45%
2016 43,274 62.16% 20,334 29.21% 6,010 8.63%
2012 40,466 59.67% 25,741 37.96% 1,609 2.37%
2008 37,779 57.61% 26,343 40.17% 1,456 2.22%
2004 36,176 60.77% 22,618 37.99% 740 1.24%
2000 23,861 55.02% 16,762 38.65% 2,743 6.33%
1996 13,224 37.92% 15,542 44.57% 6,108 17.51%
1992 11,650 33.13% 12,465 35.45% 11,045 31.41%
1988 14,987 50.73% 14,177 47.99% 379 1.28%
1984 15,399 54.82% 12,486 44.45% 205 0.73%
1980 12,293 45.54% 12,383 45.88% 2,315 8.58%
1976 9,314 39.69% 13,379 57.02% 771 3.29%
1972 9,996 51.56% 8,695 44.85% 695 3.59%
1968 6,321 40.13% 8,793 55.82% 639 4.06%
1964 5,476 38.60% 8,687 61.24% 22 0.16%
1960 7,180 52.57% 6,452 47.24% 26 0.19%
1956 7,257 59.42% 4,944 40.48% 12 0.10%
1952 8,089 64.59% 4,373 34.92% 62 0.50%
1948 5,589 49.47% 5,523 48.89% 185 1.64%
1944 6,961 64.99% 3,678 34.34% 72 0.67%
1940 8,297 67.04% 3,993 32.26% 87 0.70%
1936 4,087 36.01% 5,363 47.25% 1,901 16.75%
1932 3,406 31.45% 7,205 66.53% 219 2.02%
1928 6,011 56.57% 4,483 42.19% 132 1.24%
1924 4,349 47.52% 567 6.20% 4,235 46.28%
1920 7,013 79.51% 1,299 14.73% 508 5.76%
1916 2,683 52.24% 2,262 44.04% 191 3.72%
1912 837 19.42% 1,333 30.94% 2,139 49.64%
1908 2,820 63.48% 1,396 31.43% 226 5.09%
1904 3,183 75.04% 860 20.27% 199 4.69%
1900 3,153 60.72% 1,888 36.36% 152 2.93%
1896 3,312 59.37% 2,172 38.93% 95 1.70%
1892 2,271 48.56% 1,829 39.11% 577 12.34%



County Board of Commissioners[14]
Position Name District Next Election
Commissioner Christine Husom District 1 2022
Commissioner Darek Vetsch District 2 2020
Commissioner Mark Daleiden District 3 2022
Commissioner Michael Potter District 4 2020
Commissioner Charles Borrell District 5 2020
State Legislature (2018-2020)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Andrew Mathews[15] Republican District 15
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Scott Newman[16] Republican District 18
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Bruce Anderson[17] Republican District 29
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  Senate Mary Kiffmeyer[18] Republican District 30
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Shane Mekeland[19] Republican District 15B
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Dean Erdahl[20] Republican District 18A
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Joe McDonald[21] Republican District 29A
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Marion O'Neill[22] Republican District 29B
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Eric Lucero[23] Republican District 30B
U.S. Congress (2018-2020)
Position Name Affiliation District
style="background-color:#FF3333;" width=10px | " |  House of Representatives Tom Emmer[24] Republican 6th
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Amy Klobuchar[25] Democrat N/A
style="background-color:#3333FF;" width=10px | " |  Senate Tina Smith[26] Democrat N/A

Communities[]

Cities[]

Townships[]

  • Albion
  • Buffalo
  • Chatham
  • Clearwater
  • Cokato
  • Corinna
  • Franklin
  • French Lake
  • Maple Lake
  • Marysville
  • Middleville
  • Monticello
  • Rockford
  • Silver Creek
  • Southside
  • Stockholm
  • Victor
  • Woodland

Census-designated place[]

  • Silver Creek

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Albion Center
  • Albright
  • Enfield
  • French Lake
  • Hasty
  • Highland
  • Knapp
  • Oster
  • Rassat
  • Rice Lake
  • Smith Lake
  • Stockholm
  • West Albion

Ghost town[]

  • Dickinson

Largest Cities in Wright County[]

2020 Rank City 2010 Census 2020 Census Percent Increase
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 Otsego !D0007524187280 +47.12%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 St. Michael !D0021896310651 +11.20%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 Buffalo !D0017390112058 +17.57%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 Monticello !D0020179643675 +13.29%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 Albertville !D0021123449427 +12.10%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 Delano !D0016783784949 +18.67%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 Rockford !D0030767795016 +4.61%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 Annandale !D0024131913412 +8.95%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 Hanover !D0016416039226 +19.37%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 Montrose !D0018012883925 +16.51%
&&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 Cokato !D0039284904434 +1.97%

See also[]

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

References[]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/county.cfm. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Wright County, Minnesota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/wrightcountyminnesota/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. p. 586. https://archive.org/details/minnesotageogra00uphagoog. 
  5. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg "Wright. I. A central county of Minnesota". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 49–52. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_27.txt. 
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mn190090.txt. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2020-population-and-housing-state-data.html. 
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  14. ^ "Board of Commissioners | Wright County, MN - Official Website". https://www.co.wright.mn.us/314/Board-of-Commissioners. 
  15. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.html?mem_id=1222. 
  16. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.php?member_id=1173. 
  17. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.html?mem_id=1201. 
  18. ^ "MN State Senate" (in en). https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.html?mem_id=1202. 
  19. ^ "Rep. Shane Mekeland (15B) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15500. 
  20. ^ "Rep. Dean Urdahl (18A) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/10792. 
  21. ^ "Rep. Joe McDonald (29A) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15360. 
  22. ^ "Rep. Marion O'Neill (29B) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15409. 
  23. ^ "Rep. Eric Lucero (30B) - Minnesota House of Representatives". https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/profile/15438. 
  24. ^ "Congressman Tom Emmer" (in en). https://emmer.house.gov/home. 
  25. ^ "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/. 
  26. ^ "Home" (in en). https://www.smith.senate.gov/. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 45°11′N 93°58′W / 45.18, -93.97


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