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McLeod County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting McLeod County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1856 [1]
Named for Martin McLeod, an early fur trader
Seat Glencoe
Largest city Hutchinson
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

505.67 sq mi (1,310 km²)
491.91 sq mi (1,274 km²)
13.76 sq mi (36 km²), 2.72%
 - (2010)
 - Density

71/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

McLeod County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 36,651.[1] Its county seat is Glencoe[2].

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 505.67 square miles (1,309.7 km2), of which 491.91 square miles (1,274.0 km2) (or 97.28%) is land and 13.76 square miles (35.6 km2) (or 2.72%) is water.[3]

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Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,286
1870 5,643 338.8%
1880 12,342 118.7%
1890 17,026 38.0%
1900 19,595 15.1%
1910 18,691 −4.6%
1920 20,444 9.4%
1930 20,522 0.4%
1940 21,380 4.2%
1950 22,198 3.8%
1960 24,401 9.9%
1970 27,662 13.4%
1980 29,657 7.2%
1990 32,030 8.0%
2000 34,898 9.0%
2010 36,651 5.0%
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 34,898 people, 13,449 households, and 9,427 families residing in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 14,087 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.62% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.79% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 3.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 57.5% were of German and 8.5% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,449 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,953, and the median income for a family was $55,003. Males had a median income of $35,709 versus $25,253 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,137. About 2.80% of families and 4.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.80% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit | edit source]

For thousands of years the area was inhabited by indigenous peoples. At the time of European contact, it was the territory of the Dakota Sioux.

The county was named after Martin McLeod, a Canadian-born adventurer who became a fur trader and later was elected a territorial representative (1849–1856) in Minnesota. As a young man, he was part of the notable James Dickson 1836 expedition to the Red River of the North, a journey recounted in his Diary of Martin McLeod, a manuscript held by the Minnesota Historical Society.[5]

The county was the site of several events during the Dakota War of 1862, including the siege of Hutchinson and the killing of the White family near Brownton. It was also the birthplace of the Geier Hitch, a kind of animal husbandry that some observers characterize as animal abuse.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Cities Townships Unincorporated

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Coordinates: 44°50′N 94°16′W / 44.83, -94.27

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