Isanti County, Minnesota

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Isanti County, Minnesota
Isanti Co Courthouse 4.JPG
Old Isanti County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Isanti County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 13, 1857
Named forIzaty Indians
SeatCambridge
Largest cityCambridge
Area
 • Total452 sq mi (1,171 km2)
 • Land436 sq mi (1,129 km2)
 • Water16 sq mi (41 km2), 3.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)39,966
 • Density90.8/sq mi (35.1/km2)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.isanti.mn.us

Isanti County (/ˈsænt/ eye-SAN-tee) is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 37,816,[1] its county seat is Cambridge.[2]

History[edit]

The county was formed on February 13, 1857,[3] its name came from the Izaty Indians, the ancient name for the Santee Indians, members of the Dakota alliance. Isanti is derived from the Dakota word for "knife" and refers to the Santee tribe.[4]

Isanti County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

The Rum River flows south through the county's central part; the county's terrain is hilly and etched with drainages and gullies, and dotted with lakes and ponds.[5] The terrain generally slopes to the south and east; its highest point is near its northwest corner, at 1,020' (311m) ASL;[6] the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (3.5%) is water.[7]

Soils and Savanna distribution in Isanti County[8]
Soils of Isanti County's Tip Toe Savannas

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[5][edit]

  • Cranberry Wildlife Management Area
  • Crooked Road State Wildlife Management Area
  • Marget Lake State Wildlife Management Area
  • Marvin W. Schubring Memorial Wildlife Management Area
  • Maywood County Park
  • Spectacle Lake Wildlife Management Area
  • Springvale County Park
  • Twin Lake Scientific and Natural Area

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860284
18702,035616.5%
18805,063148.8%
18907,60750.2%
190011,67553.5%
191012,6158.1%
192013,2785.3%
193012,081−9.0%
194012,9507.2%
195012,123−6.4%
196013,53011.6%
197016,56022.4%
198023,60042.5%
199025,9219.8%
200031,28720.7%
201037,81620.9%
Est. 201839,966[9]5.7%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2018[1]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 US census data

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[14] there were 37,816 people, 14,331 households, and 8,415 families in the county; the population density was 86.7/sqmi (33.5/km²). There were 12,062 housing units at an average density of 27.7/sqmi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.0% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0..5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 1.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.3% were of German, 21.3% Swedish, 12.7% Norwegian and 5.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 11,236 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 20.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

The county population contained 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,127, and the median income for a family was $55,996. Males had a median income of $39,381 versus $26,427 for females; the per capita income for the county was $20,348. About 4.00% of families and 5.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

This rural turned exurban county is more conservative than the state as a whole. In 2008, John McCain won this county with almost 57% of the vote, when he lost the state with just 44% of the vote. Norm Coleman also did well, obtaining 48% of the vote while losing the state with 42%. Both George W. Bush and Tim Pawlenty won this county twice, winning a majority of the county each time.

Democrats tend to do poorly here. In 2008, Barack Obama obtained just 41% while he won the state with 54% of the vote. Al Franken received just 33% of Isanti County's votes. Since 1992, just one Democrat won this county with over 50% of the vote. In 2016, Donald Trump won almost 65% of the vote here while narrowly losing the state to Hillary Clinton.

Independents also do well in this county. In 1998, the county's results were Jesse Ventura's best performance in the state, winning the county with over 50% of the vote. Ross Perot came in a close third place with 29% of the vote while getting 24% statewide.

Statewide election results
Election results from statewide races[15]
Year Office GOP DEM Others
2014 Governor 54.3% 39.5% 6.2%
Senator 52.2% 43.2% 3.6%
2012 Senator 38.1% 57.1% 4.8%
2010 Governor 53.4% 35.5% 11.1%
2008 Senator 48.0% 32.9% 19.1%
2006 Governor 53.4% 39.9% 6.7%
Senator 45.2% 50.9% 3.9%
2002 Governor 53.0% 32.1% 14.9%
Senator 56.4% 40.6% 3.0%
2000 Senator 51.4% 40.2% 8.3%
1998 Governor 27.3% 19.6% 53.1%
1996 Senator 40.9% 47.8% 11.3%
1994 Governor 61.0% 36.0% 3.0%
Senator 53.2% 38.7% 8.1%
Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 64.9% 13,635 26.9% 5,657 8.2% 1,724
2012 57.8% 11,675 39.7% 8,024 2.6% 518
2008 56.5% 11,324 41.1% 8,248 2.4% 481
2004 57.9% 11,190 40.8% 7,883 1.2% 240
2000 51.4% 7,668 41.8% 6,247 6.8% 1,014
1996 34.4% 4,450 46.6% 6,041 19.0% 2,464
1992 29.8% 3,988 40.3% 5,386 29.9% 3,992
1988 45.8% 5,246 53.1% 6,075 1.1% 131
1984 50.9% 5,660 48.4% 5,378 0.7% 79
1980 41.5% 4,480 50.5% 5,457 8.1% 872
1976 33.6% 3,159 63.9% 6,013 2.6% 245
1972 48.7% 3,715 47.9% 3,660 3.4% 259
1968 38.3% 2,429 54.3% 3,439 7.4% 469
1964 32.9% 1,982 66.9% 4,026 0.2% 10
1960 53.9% 3,067 45.6% 2,599 0.5% 28
1956 47.4% 2,348 52.5% 2,605 0.1% 6
1952 52.2% 2,682 46.5% 2,393 1.3% 67
1948 38.4% 1,918 55.2% 2,758 6.4% 318
1944 49.1% 2,205 49.6% 2,225 1.3% 57
1940 48.8% 2,617 49.5% 2,654 1.7% 90
1936 28.1% 1,437 67.2% 3,442 4.8% 244
1932 30.4% 1,484 64.5% 3,147 5.0% 246
1928 71.1% 3,137 27.0% 1,191 1.9% 82
1924 39.5% 1,588 2.0% 79 58.5% 2,349
1920 67.6% 3,007 9.1% 405 23.3% 1,038
1916 48.2% 1,123 40.1% 935 11.7% 273
1912 14.5% 314 15.4% 333 70.0% 1,513
1908 58.5% 1,198 22.7% 466 18.8% 385
1904 84.1% 1,603 7.2% 137 8.8% 167
1900 72.7% 1,525 24.0% 504 3.3% 69
1896 66.5% 1,490 33.5% 750 0.0% 0
1892 52.1% 728 7.5% 105 40.4% 564

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names, p. 249 (1920). Accessed 12 March 2019
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 166.
  5. ^ a b Isanti County MN Google Maps (accessed 12 March 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude/Isanti County MN" Google Maps (accessed 12 March 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61-64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ a b Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved September 19, 2018.

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Coordinates: 45°34′N 93°17′W / 45.56°N 93.29°W / 45.56; -93.29