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Mahnomen County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Mahnomen County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 27, 1906 [1]
Named for Ojibway word for wild rice, whose root word is "mano," or spirit.
Seat Mahnomen
Largest city Mahnomen
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

583 sq mi (1,510 km²)
556 sq mi (1,440 km²)
27 sq mi (70 km²), 4.61%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

Mahnomen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 5,190. Its county seat is Mahnomen6. The entire county is part of the White Earth Indian Reservation [2]. It is the only county in Minnesota entirely within an Indian reservation. The county, along with East Polk and Becker County, are one of the biggest cattle-raising areas in the northwestern part of Minnesota because of the hilly terrain.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,510 km² (583 sq mi). 1,440 km² (556 sq mi) of it is land and 70 km² (27 sq mi) of it (4.61%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,190 people, 1,969 households, and 1,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 4/km² (9/sq mi). There were 2,700 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 62.85% White (3262 people) 0.13% Black or African American (7 people), 28.55% Native American (1482 people), 0.06% Asian (3 people), 0.31% from other races (16 people), and 8.09% (420 people) from two or more races. 0.89% of the population (46 people) were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.4% (1525 people) were of German and 17.0% (882 people) Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,969 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,053, and the median income for a family was $35,500. Males had a median income of $23,614 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,438. About 11.80% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.30% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

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

Cities and towns[]

Cities Townships

See also[]

Coordinates: 47°20′N 95°49′W / 47.33, -95.81

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