Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Le Sueur County, Minnesota
2009-0805-MN-116-LeCenter-CtyCrtJail.jpg
Le Sueur County Courthouse and Jail
Map of Minnesota highlighting Le Sueur County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Founded5 March 1853[1]
Named forPierre-Charles Le Sueur
SeatLe Center
Largest cityLe Sueur
Area
 • Total474 sq mi (1,228 km2)
 • Land449 sq mi (1,163 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (65 km2), 5.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)28,111
 • Density62.6/sq mi (24.2/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.le-sueur.mn.us

Le Sueur County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 27,703.[2] Its county seat is Le Center.[3]

Le Sueur County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The Minnesota Territory legislature established several counties in 1853. This county was created on 5 March of that year. It was named for French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, who visited the area in 1700.[4]

The settlement of Le Sueur (actually two competing settlements, Le Sueur and Le Sueur City) had sprung up on the east bank of the Minnesota River, both being platted in 1852. The combined area was named by the legislature as the first county seat. However, its remoteness from most of the county meant hardship for most of the area's residents since the county was covered with dense hardwood forest and existing roads were impassable when wet. Several efforts were made to acquire a more central location. In the early 1870s, Cleveland (which had been established in 1857, inland from the river in the SW part of the county) held a referendum to become the county seat. The referendum passed, but was challenged due to irregularities in the voting. In 1875 another referendum was successful, and Cleveland became the county seat (1875-1876). In 1876 another referendum approved moving the seat to the newly-created town of Le Sueur Center; the seat was promptly moved there.[5] In the 1870s, businessmen from Waterville gained ownership of a quarter-section of land near the county's center, cleared the timber, and platted the city of Le Sueur Center (1876). The seat was moved there, after a county referendum approved the move. The county seat has remained in Le Sueur Center (renamed Le Center in 1930) since 1876.

The first railroad entered the county in 1867. This began the era of greater access and mobility. The first purpose-built courthouse in Le Sueur Center was constructed in 1896-7. It has been extensively remodeled and enlarged two times since then.[6]

Geography[edit]

The Minnesota River flows northeastward along the west border of Le Sueur County, on its way to discharge into the Mississippi. The terrain consists of low rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds. The soil is rich and black.[6][7] The terrain slopes to the north and east, with its highest point near the midpoint of its east border, at 1,145' (349m) ASL.[8] The county has an area of 474 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 449 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (5.3%) is water.[9] Le Sueur is one of seven Minnesota savanna region counties where no forest soils exist and one of 17 counties where savanna soils dominate.

Soils of Le Sueur County[10]
Soils of Sakatah Lake State Park area

Lakes[7][edit]

  • Borer Lake
  • Bossuot Lake
  • Clear Lake]
  • Diamond Lake]
  • Dietz Lake
  • Dog Lake
  • Dora Lake
  • Eggert Lake
  • Ely Lake
  • Emily Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • German Lake
  • Goldsmith Lake
  • Goose Lake (Cordova Township)
  • Goose Lake (Waterville Township)
  • Gorman Lake
  • Greenleaf Lake
  • Harkridge Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake (part)
  • Huoy Lake
  • Lake Emily
  • Lake Frances
  • Lake Henry
  • Lake Jefferson
  • Lake Mabel
  • Lake Pepin
  • Lake Tustin
  • Lake Volney
  • Lake Washington
  • Mareks Lake
  • Mary Lake
  • Mud Lake (Cordova Township)
  • Mud Lake (Lanesburgh Township)
  • Mud Lake (Lexington Township)
  • North Goldsmith Lake
  • Perch Lake
  • Rays Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Roemhildts Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Sabre Lake
  • Sakatah Lake (part)
  • Sanborn Lake
  • Sasse Lake
  • Savidge Lake
  • Scotch Lake
  • Shanghai Lake
  • Sheas Lake
  • Silver Lake (Cleveland Township)
  • Silver Lake (Elysian Township)
  • Sleepy Eye Lake
  • Steele Lake
  • Sunfish Lake
  • Tetonka Lake (headwaters of Cannon River)
  • Thomas Lake
  • Tyler Lake

Protected areas[7][edit]

  • Bardel State Wildlife Management Area
  • Chadderdon State Wildlife Management Area
  • Chamberlain Woods Scientific and Natural Area
  • Diamond Lake State Wildlife Management Area
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Ottawa State Wildlife Management Area
  • Paddy Marsh State Wildlife Management Area
  • Saint Thomas State Wildlife Management Area
  • Sakatah Lake State Park (part)
  • Seven Mile Creek State Park (part)
  • Shanghai State Wildlife Area
  • Sheas Lake State Wildlife Area

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18605,318
187011,607118.3%
188016,30340.5%
189019,05716.9%
190020,2346.2%
191018,609−8.0%
192017,870−4.0%
193017,9900.7%
194019,2276.9%
195019,088−0.7%
196019,9064.3%
197021,3317.2%
198023,4349.9%
199023,9292.1%
200025,4266.3%
201027,7039.0%
Est. 201728,111[11]1.5%
US Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 US census data

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 25,426 people, 9,630 households, and 6,923 families in the county. The population density was 56.6/sqmi (21.9/km²). There were 10,858 housing units at an average density of 24.2/sqmi (9.34/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.56% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 3.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.9% were of German, 9.0% Czech, 9.0% Norwegian and 8.2% Irish ancestry. 94.0% spoke English, 3.5% Spanish and 1.7% Czech as their first language.

There were 9,630 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

The county population contained 27.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,933, and the median income for a family was $53,000. Males had a median income of $34,196 versus $24,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,151. About 4.80% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.50% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Former communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Le Sueur County usually vote Republican. In 78% of national elections since 1980, the county selected the Republican Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 61.3% 9,182 30.9% 4,623 7.8% 1,166
2012 52.2% 7,715 45.6% 6,753 2.2% 327
2008 50.9% 7,636 46.6% 6,994 2.5% 379
2004 53.7% 7,746 44.8% 6,466 1.5% 212
2000 49.8% 6,138 43.5% 5,361 6.8% 832
1996 34.8% 3,902 48.7% 5,457 16.5% 1,850
1992 32.3% 3,858 39.0% 4,662 28.7% 3,434
1988 49.6% 5,415 49.5% 5,410 0.9% 100
1984 54.1% 6,033 45.5% 5,070 0.4% 48
1980 47.1% 5,478 44.4% 5,161 8.5% 986
1976 40.1% 4,565 57.6% 6,556 2.3% 260
1972 52.5% 5,388 46.0% 4,725 1.5% 149
1968 43.7% 4,189 53.2% 5,094 3.1% 298
1964 34.2% 3,191 65.6% 6,117 0.2% 17
1960 45.8% 4,426 54.1% 5,234 0.1% 10
1956 58.5% 5,026 41.4% 3,556 0.2% 17
1952 63.2% 5,776 36.6% 3,348 0.2% 16
1948 43.7% 3,858 55.4% 4,890 0.9% 80
1944 57.2% 4,560 42.2% 3,358 0.6% 49
1940 59.5% 5,543 40.3% 3,750 0.2% 20
1936 32.1% 2,849 57.3% 5,077 10.6% 939
1932 26.2% 2,121 72.6% 5,878 1.3% 101
1928 42.2% 3,401 57.3% 4,615 0.5% 38
1924 38.2% 2,475 18.5% 1,199 43.3% 2,807
1920 66.2% 4,059 30.2% 1,853 3.6% 218
1916 43.9% 1,430 52.9% 1,723 3.2% 105
1912 24.9% 886 41.9% 1,488 33.2% 1,180
1908 47.9% 1,819 44.7% 1,699 7.5% 283
1904 59.2% 2,086 35.5% 1,251 5.3% 187
1900 49.0% 1,941 46.9% 1,858 4.1% 161
1896 51.2% 2,235 45.9% 2,003 3.0% 131
1892 39.7% 1,465 49.4% 1,821 10.9% 401

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 185.
  5. ^ Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names, pp. 300-302 (1920). Accessed 16 March 2019
  6. ^ a b County History (accessed 16 March 2019)
  7. ^ a b c Le Sueur County MN Google Maps (accessed 16 March 2019)
  8. ^ "Find an Altitude/Le Sueur County MN" Google Maps (accessed 16 March 2019)
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011)."Savanna Soils of Minnesota."Minnesota:Self.pp43 - 48.ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  12. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Okaman Cemetery MN Google Maps (accessed 16 March 2019)
  17. ^ Minnesota Geographic Names, p. 303 (accessed 16 March 2019)
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 19 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 44°22′N 93°44′W / 44.37°N 93.73°W / 44.37; -93.73