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List of counties in Minnesota

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There are 87 counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

Alphabetical listingEdit

County
FIPS code County seat[1] Established[1] Origin Meaning of name[2][3][4] Population[1][5] Area[1][5] Map
Aitkin County 001 Aitkin 1857 Pine County, Ramsey County William Alexander Aitken (1785-1851), early fur trader with Ojibwe Indians 16,202 1,819.30 sq mi
(4,712 km2)
 
Anoka County 003 Anoka 1857 Ramsey County A Dakota word meaning "both sides" 330,844 423.61 sq mi
(1,097 km2)
 
Becker County 005 Detroit Lakes 1858 Cass County, Pembina County George Loomis Becker (1829-1904), former state senator and third mayor of Saint Paul (1856–1857) 32,504 1,310.42 sq mi
(3,394 km2)
 
Beltrami County 007 Bemidji 1866 Unorganized Territory, Itasca County, Pembina County, Polk County Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer who explored the northern reaches of Mississippi River in 1823. 44,442 2,505.27 sq mi
(6,489 km2)
 
Benton County 009 Foley 1849 One of nine original counties; formed from residual St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory. Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), former United States Senator from Missouri (1821-1851) 38,451 408.28 sq mi
(1,057 km2)
 
Big Stone County 011 Ortonville 1862 Pierce County Big Stone Lake, a lake located in the county 5,269 496.95 sq mi
(1,287 km2)
 
Blue Earth County 013 Mankato 1853 Unorganized Territory, Dakota County Blue Earth River, a river that flows through Minnesota 64,013 752.36 sq mi
(1,949 km2)
 
Brown County 015 New Ulm 1855 Blue Earth County Joseph Renshaw Brown (1805-1870), member of Minnesota territorial legislature (1854-55) and prominent pioneer 25,893 610.86 sq mi
(1,582 km2)
 
Carlton County 017 Carlton 1857 Pine County, St. Louis County Rueben B. Carlton (1812-1863), early settler and state senator (1857-1858) 35,386 860.33 sq mi
(2,228 km2)
 
Carver County 019 Chaska 1855 Hennepin County, Sibley County Jonathan Carver (1710–1790), early explorer and cartographer of the Mississippi river. 91,042 357.04 sq mi
(925 km2)
 


Cass County 021 Walker 1851 Dakota County, Pembina County, Mankahto County, Wahnata County Lewis Cass (1782–1866), senator from Michigan(1845–1857) and United States Secretary of State(1831–1836) 28,567 2,017.60 sq mi
(5,226 km2)
 
Chippewa County 023 Montevideo 1870 Pierce County, Davis County Chippewa River, a river that flows through Minnesota 12,441 582.80 sq mi
(1,509 km2)
 
Chisago County 025 Center City 1851 Washington County, Ramsey County Chisago Lake, a lake located in the county 53,887 417.63 sq mi
(1,082 km2)
 
Clay County 027 Moorhead 1862 Pembina County Henry Clay (1777-1852), Kentucky statesman and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829) 58,999 1,045.24 sq mi
(2,707 km2)
 
Clearwater County 029 Bagley 1902 Beltrami County Clearwater River and lake, both features located in the state 8,695 994.71 sq mi
(2,576 km2)
 
Cook County 031 Grand Marais 1874 Lake County Named for Civil War veteran Major Michael Cook of Faribault, who was also a territorial and state senator 1857-62 5,176 1,450.60 sq mi
(3,757 km2)
 
Cottonwood County 033 Windom 1857 Brown County Cottonwood River 11,687 639.99 sq mi
(1,658 km2)
 
Crow Wing County 035 Brainerd 1857 Ramsey County Crow Wing River 62,500 996.57 sq mi
(2,581 km2)
 
Dakota County 037 Hastings 1849 One of nine original counties. From the Dakota language, after a local tribe Dakota, meaning "Allies" 398,552 569.58 sq mi
(1,475 km2)
 
Dodge County 039 Mantorville 1855 Rice County, Unorganized Territory Henry Dodge (1782–1867), twice governor of Wisconsin.[6] 20,087 439.50 sq mi
(1,138 km2)
 
Douglas County 041 Alexandria 1858 Cass County, Pembina County Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861), former United States Senator from Illinois (1847-1861) 36,009 634.32 sq mi
(1,643 km2)
 
Faribault County 043 Blue Earth 1855 Blue Earth County Jean-Baptiste Faribault (1775-1860), early settler and fur trader 14,553 713.63 sq mi
(1,848 km2)
 
Fillmore County 045 Preston 1853 Wabasha County Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), thirteenth president of the United States (1850-1853) 20,866 861.25 sq mi
(2,231 km2)
 
Freeborn County 047 Albert Lea 1855 Blue Earth County, Rice County William S. Freeborn (1816-1900), member of the Territorial Legislature 31,255 707.64 sq mi
(1,833 km2)
 
Goodhue County 049 Red Wing 1853 Wabasha County, Dakota County James Madison Goodhue, the first newspaper editor in Minnesota.[7] 46,183 758.27 sq mi
(1,964 km2)
 
Grant County 051 Elbow Lake 1868 Stevens County, Wilkin County, Traverse County Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), eighteenth president of the United States (1869-1877) 6,018 546.41 sq mi
(1,415 km2)
 
Hennepin County 053 Minneapolis 1852 Dakota County Father Louis Hennepin (1626-1705), early explorer of the Twin Cities area in the 17th Century 1,152,425 556.62 sq mi
(1,442 km2)
 
Houston County 055 Caledonia 1854 Fillmore County Sam Houston (1793–1863), the second and fourth president of the Republic of Texas and seventh governor of Texas 19,027 558.41 sq mi
(1,446 km2)
 
Hubbard County 057 Park Rapids 1883 Cass County Lucius Frederick Hubbard (1836-1913), ninth governor of Minnesota (1882-1887) 20,428 922.46 sq mi
(2,389 km2)
 
Isanti County 059 Cambridge 1857 Ramsey County A division of the Dakotas called the Izatys, meaning [those that] dwell at Knife Lake, after where they resided. 37,816 439.07 sq mi
(1,137 km2)
 
Itasca County 061 Grand Rapids 1849 One of nine original counties; formed from residual La Pointe County, Wisconsin Territory. Lake Itasca, source of the Mississippi River (located in northwestern Minnesota). 45,058 2,665.06 sq mi
(6,902 km2)
 
Jackson County 063 Jackson 1857 Brown County Henry Jackson, member of the first territorial legislature and the first merchant in St. Paul 10,266 701.69 sq mi
(1,817 km2)
 
Kanabec County 065 Mora 1858 Pine County From the Ojibwe language Kan-a-bec-o-si-pi (Ginebigo-ziibi), meaning Snake River, which flows through the county 16,239 524.93 sq mi
(1,360 km2)
 
Kandiyohi County 067 Willmar 1858 Meeker County, Renville County, Pierce County, Davis County, Stearns County From the Sioux language for "buffalo fish" 42,239 796.06 sq mi
(2,062 km2)
 
Kittson County 069 Hallock 1879 Pembina County Norman Kittson (1814-1888), businessman and mayor of Saint Paul (1858-1859) 4,552 1,097.08 sq mi
(2,841 km2)
 
Koochiching County 071 International Falls 1906 Itasca County From the Ojibwe language Goojijiing (Place of inlets), which was the Cree name for Rainy Lake and Rainy River. 13,311 3,102.36 sq mi
(8,035 km2)
 
Lac qui Parle County 073 Madison 1863 Redwood County A French phrase meaning "lake which talks". 7,259 764.87 sq mi
(1,981 km2)
 
Lake County 075 Two Harbors 1856 Itasca County Lake Superior, which forms one of its edges 10,866 2,099.16 sq mi
(5,437 km2)
 
Lake of the Woods County 077 Baudette 1923 Beltrami County Lake of the Woods, a lake located within the county. 4,045 1,296.70 sq mi
(3,358 km2)
 
Le Sueur County 079 Le Center 1853 Dakota County Pierre-Charles Le Sueur (1657-1704), fur trader and early explorer of the Minnesota River Valley 27,703 448.50 sq mi
(1,162 km2)
 
Lincoln County 081 Ivanhoe 1873 Lyon County Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth president of the United States (1861-1865) 5,896 537.03 sq mi
(1,391 km2)
 
Lyon County 083 Marshall 1871 Redwood County Nathaniel Lyon (1818–1861), United States Army general during the Civil War 25,857 714.17 sq mi
(1,850 km2)
 
McLeod County 085 Glencoe 1856 Carver County, Sibley County Martin McLeod early pioneer and member of the territorial legislature (1849–1856) 36,651 491.91 sq mi
(1,274 km2)
 
Mahnomen County 087 Mahnomen 1906 Norman County An Ojibwa word meaning "wild rice". 5,413 556.14 sq mi
(1,440 km2)
 
Marshall County 089 Warren 1879 Kittson County William Rainey Marshall (1825-1896), fifth governor of Minnesota (1866-1870) 9,439 1,772.24 sq mi
(4,590 km2)
 
Martin County 091 Fairmont 1857 Faribault County, Brown County Morgan Lewis Martin (1805-1887), delegate to Congress from Wisconsin Territory 20,840 709.34 sq mi
(1,837 km2)
 
Meeker County 093 Litchfield 1856 Davis County Bradley B. Meeker (1813–1873), Associate Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court (1849–1853) 23,300 608.54 sq mi
(1,576 km2)
 
Mille Lacs County 095 Milaca 1857 Ramsey County Mille Lacs Lake, a lake located within the county. 26,097 574.47 sq mi
(1,488 km2)
 
Morrison County 097 Little Falls 1856 Benton County William & Allan Morrison, fur trading brothers[8] 33,198 1,124.50 sq mi
(2,912 km2)
 
Mower County 099 Austin 1855 Rice County John Edward Mower (1815–1879), member of the Minnesota territorial legislature in the 1850s 39,163 711.50 sq mi
(1,843 km2)
 


Murray County 101 Slayton 1857 Brown County William Pitt Murray (1825–1910), Minnesota statesman and member of the territorial legislature (1852–1855) and 1857 8,725 704.43 sq mi
(1,824 km2)
 
Nicollet County 103 St. Peter 1853 Dakota County Joseph Nicolas Nicollet (1786–1843), early explore and cartographer of the Upper Mississippi River 32,727 452.29 sq mi
(1,171 km2)
 
Nobles County 105 Worthington 1857 Brown County William H. Nobles, member of the Minnesota territorial legislature in 1854 and 1856 21,378 715.39 sq mi
(1,853 km2)
 
Norman County 107 Ada 1881 Polk County The early Norwegian, also known as Norman, settlers. 6,852 876.27 sq mi
(2,270 km2)
 
Olmsted County 109 Rochester 1855 Fillmore County, Wabasha County, Rice County David Olmsted, first mayor of Saint Paul and member of territorial legislature (1849-1850) 144,248 653.01 sq mi
(1,691 km2)
 
Otter Tail County 111 Fergus Falls 1858 Pembina County, Cass County Otter Tail Lake, a lake located within the county 57,303 1,979.71 sq mi
(5,127 km2)
 
Pennington County 113 Thief River Falls 1910 Red Lake County Edmund Pennington (b. 1848), executive of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad 13,930 616.54 sq mi
(1,597 km2)
 
Pine County 115 Pine City 1856 Chisago County, Ramsey County The giant forests of Eastern White Pine and Red Pine that flourish in the county 29,750 1,411.04 sq mi
(3,655 km2)
 
Pipestone County 117 Pipestone 1857 Brown County Name of a sacred Dakota quarry of red pipestone found in the county 9,596 465.89 sq mi
(1,207 km2)
 
Polk County 119 Crookston 1858 Pembina County James K. Polk (1795-1849), eleventh president of the United States (1845-1849) 31,600 1,970.37 sq mi
(5,103 km2)
 


Pope County 121 Glenwood 1862 Pierce County, Cass County, Unorganized Territory John Pope (1822–1892), United States Army general during the Dakota War of 1862 10,995 670.14 sq mi
(1,736 km2)
 
Ramsey County 123 Saint Paul 1849 One of nine original counties; formed from residual St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory. Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903), second governor of Minnesota (1860-1863) 508,640 155.78 sq mi
(403 km2)
 
Red Lake County 125 Red Lake Falls 1896 Polk County Red Lake River, a river that flows through Minnesota. 4,089 432.43 sq mi
(1,120 km2)
 
Redwood County 127 Redwood Falls 1862 Brown County Redwood River, a river that flows through Minnesota. 16,059 879.73 sq mi
(2,278 km2)
 
Renville County 129 Olivia 1855 Nicollet County, Pierce County, Sibley County Joseph Renville (1779-1846), interpreter for early explorations of the Louisiana Purchase 15,730 982.92 sq mi
(2,546 km2)
 
Rice County 131 Faribault 1853 Dakota County, Wabasha County Henry Mower Rice (1816-1894), former United States Senator from Minnesota (1858-1863) 64,142 497.57 sq mi
(1,289 km2)
 
Rock County 133 Luverne 1857 Brown County A large rocky plateau located within the county, known as "the mound." 9,687 482.61 sq mi
(1,250 km2)
 
Roseau County 135 Roseau 1894 Kittson County, Beltrami County Roseau River and Roseau Lake, both of which are located nearby 15,629 1,662.51 sq mi
(4,306 km2)
 
Scott County 137 Shakopee 1853 Dakota County Winfield Scott (1786–1866), United States Army general who served from (1808–1861) 129,928 356.68 sq mi
(924 km2)
 
Sherburne County 139 Elk River 1856 Benton County Moses Sherburne (1813–1873), Associate Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court (1853-1857) 88,499 436.30 sq mi
(1,130 km2)
 


Sibley County 141 Gaylord 1853 Dakota County Henry Hastings Sibley (1811-1891), first governor of Minnesota (1858-1860) 15,226 588.65 sq mi
(1,525 km2)
 
St. Louis County 143 Duluth 1855 Itasca County, Newton St. Louis River, a river that flows through Minnesota 200,226 6,225.16 sq mi
(16,123 km2)
 
Stearns County 145 St. Cloud 1855 Cass County, Nicollet County, Pierce County, Sibley County Charles Thomas Stearns (1814-1888), early settler of St. Cloud and member of the Minnesota territorial legislature (1849-1858) 150,642 1,344.52 sq mi
(3,482 km2)
 
Steele County 147 Owatonna 1855 Rice County, Blue Earth County, Le Sueur County Franklin Steele (1813-1880), early settler of Minneapolis and developer of Saint Anthony Falls 36,576 429.55 sq mi
(1,113 km2)
 
Stevens County 149 Morris 1862 Pierce County, Unorganized Territory Isaac Ingalls Stevens (1818-1862), first governor of Washington Territory (1853-1857) 9,726 562.06 sq mi
(1,456 km2)
 
Swift County 151 Benson 1870 Chippewa County Henry Adoniram Swift (1823-1869), third governor of Minnesota (1863-1864) 9,783 743.53 sq mi
(1,926 km2)
 
Todd County 153 Long Prairie 1855 Cass County John Blair Smith Todd, commander of Fort Ripley (1849-56); general in the Civil War; delegate in Congress from Dakota Territory (1861 and 1863-65); governor of Dakota Territory (1869-71) 24,895 942.02 sq mi
(2,440 km2)
 
Traverse County 155 Wheaton 1862 Pierce County, Unorganized Territory Lake Traverse, a lake located in the county. 3,558 574.09 sq mi
(1,487 km2)
 
Wabasha County 157 Wabasha 1849 One of nine original counties. Named after M'dewakanton Dakota Indian Chief Wabasha III 21,676 525.01 sq mi
(1,360 km2)
 
Wadena County 159 Wadena 1858 Cass County, Todd County Wadena Trading Post, in turn for a Ojibway word meaning "a little round hill". 13,843 535.02 sq mi
(1,386 km2)
 


Waseca County 161 Waseca 1857 Steele County A Dakota word meaning "rich and fertile" 19,136 423.25 sq mi
(1,096 km2)
 
Washington County 163 Stillwater 1849 One of nine original counties; formed from residual St. Croix County, Wisconsin Territory. George Washington (1732-1799), first president of the United States (1789-1797) 283,136 391.70 sq mi
(1,014 km2)
 
Watonwan County 165 St. James 1860 Brown County Watonwan River, a river that flows through Minnesota. 11,211 434.51 sq mi
(1,125 km2)
 
Wilkin County 167 Breckenridge 1858 Cass County, Pembina County Alexander Wilkin (1820-1864), Minnesota politician and soldier killed in the Civil War 6,576 751.43 sq mi
(1,946 km2)
 
Winona County 169 Winona 1854 Fillmore County, Wabasha County Named after Wee-No-Nah, Sister or Cousin of Chief Wabasha III 51,461 626.30 sq mi
(1,622 km2)
 
Wright County 171 Buffalo 1855 Cass County, Sibley County Silas Wright (1795-1847), former United States Senator from New York (1833-1844) 124,700 660.75 sq mi
(1,711 km2)
 
Yellow Medicine County 173 Granite Falls 1871 Redwood County Yellow Medicine River, a river that flows through Minnesota. 10,438 757.96 sq mi
(1,963 km2)
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. Upham, Warren (1969). Minnesota Geographic Names. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society.
  3. "County Name Origins". Association of Minnesota Counties. Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  4. "Origin of Minnesota County Name". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Minnesota QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 February 2012. (2010 Census)
  6. "Dodge County History" (PDF). Dodge County website. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  7. "The History of Goodhue County". Goodhue County, Minnesota website. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  8. MCHS - William Morrison - Fur Trader