Faribault County, Minnesota

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Faribault County, Minnesota
FaribaultCountyCourthouseMN.jpg
Map of Minnesota highlighting Faribault County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Founded20 February 1855
Named forJean Baptiste Faribault
SeatBlue Earth
Largest cityBlue Earth
Area
 • Total722 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land712 sq mi (1,844 km2)
 • Water9.4 sq mi (24 km2), 1.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)13,784
 • Density19.4/sq mi (7.5/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.faribault.mn.us

Faribault County /ˈfrɪb/ is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 14,553.[1] Its county seat is Blue Earth.[2]

History[edit]

The county was founded in 1855.[3] It was named for Jean-Baptiste Faribault, a settler and French fur trader among the Sioux Indians.[4]

Geography[edit]

Faribault County lies on the south side of Minnesota. Its southern border abuts the north border of the state of Iowa. The Blue Earth River flows northerly through the west-central part of the county; it enters from Iowa as two branches, West Branch and Middle Branch, merging at 5 miles (8km) into the county. It is joined by East Branch near the city of Blue Earth, thence flows northward into Blue Earth County. The Maple River flows west-northwestward through the upper central part of the county, entering from Freeborn County and exiting to Blue Earth County. The Cobb River also flows through the NE part of the county, from Freeborn to Blue Earth county.[5]

The county terrain consists of semi-arid rolling hills, devoted to agriculture. The SE portion is a glacial moraine near Kiester, and is known as the Kiester Moraine.[6] The county has an area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (1.3%) is water.[7]

Lakes[5][edit]

  • Bass Lake
  • Hart Lake
  • Minnesota Lake
  • Rice Lake (Delavan Twp)
  • Rice Lake (Foster Twp)
  • South Walnut Lake
  • Walnut Lake

Major highways[edit]

Soils of Faribault County[8]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[5][edit]

  • Walnut Lake State Wildlife Management Area

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,335
18709,940644.6%
188013,01630.9%
189016,70828.4%
190022,05532.0%
191019,949−9.5%
192020,9985.3%
193021,6423.1%
194023,94110.6%
195023,879−0.3%
196023,685−0.8%
197020,896−11.8%
198019,714−5.7%
199016,937−14.1%
200016,181−4.5%
201014,553−10.1%
Est. 201713,784[9]−5.3%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2016[1]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 US census data

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 16,181 people, 6,652 households, and 4,476 families in the county. The population density was 22.7/sqmi (8.77/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 10.2/sqmi (3.93/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.11% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.5% were of German, 21.2% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 6,652 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

The county population contained 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,440, and the median income for a family was $41,793. Males had a median income of $28,990 versus $20,224 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,193. About 5.50% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Faribault County has primarily supported Republican Party candidates in presidential elections throughout its history. Only six times since 1892 has a Republican candidate failed to win the county in a presidential election, most recently Bob Dole in 1996.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 62.9% 4,659 29.1% 2,153 8.1% 600
2012 53.2% 4,104 44.2% 3,407 2.6% 202
2008 51.5% 4,196 45.8% 3,736 2.7% 220
2004 55.2% 4,794 43.4% 3,767 1.4% 120
2000 51.5% 4,336 43.0% 3,624 5.5% 464
1996 39.6% 3,272 46.2% 3,817 14.2% 1,173
1992 37.6% 3,439 36.5% 3,339 25.9% 2,368
1988 55.1% 4,846 44.1% 3,879 0.9% 75
1984 58.4% 5,690 41.0% 3,993 0.5% 53
1980 59.2% 6,206 34.5% 3,620 6.3% 655
1976 51.5% 5,577 46.6% 5,049 1.9% 207
1972 64.1% 6,503 34.7% 3,519 1.3% 131
1968 54.5% 5,662 41.8% 4,335 3.7% 387
1964 44.7% 4,817 55.2% 5,946 0.1% 12
1960 61.8% 6,975 38.1% 4,301 0.1% 11
1956 65.8% 6,886 34.0% 3,554 0.2% 25
1952 71.0% 7,763 28.6% 3,120 0.4% 47
1948 46.1% 4,619 52.5% 5,261 1.3% 134
1944 61.4% 5,822 38.4% 3,640 0.3% 25
1940 62.1% 6,816 37.4% 4,099 0.5% 56
1936 38.3% 3,773 56.9% 5,603 4.8% 471
1932 46.7% 4,148 51.6% 4,590 1.7% 154
1928 69.2% 5,885 29.9% 2,545 0.9% 76
1924 58.1% 4,682 7.2% 578 34.7% 2,797
1920 86.0% 6,687 11.2% 869 2.8% 219
1916 61.7% 2,184 31.7% 1,123 6.6% 232
1912 11.7% 393 27.4% 919 60.9% 2,045
1908 61.8% 2,305 27.9% 1,039 10.3% 385
1904 77.7% 2,792 17.0% 611 5.3% 191
1900 70.6% 2,910 22.7% 936 6.7% 275
1896 71.4% 3,116 25.4% 1,107 3.3% 143
1892 58.0% 1,992 31.2% 1,070 10.8% 372

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Upton, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance (1920) Published by Minnesota Historical Society. p.182 (accessed 8 March 2019)
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 123.
  5. ^ a b c Faribault County MN Google Maps (accessed 8 March 2019)
  6. ^ Upton, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance (1920) p. 188 (accessed 8 March 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 65-67. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 43°41′N 93°57′W / 43.68°N 93.95°W / 43.68; -93.95