Pine County, Minnesota

Pine County, Minnesota

Infobox U.S. County
county = Pine County
state = Minnesota

founded year = 1856 []
founded date = March 1
seat wl = Pine City
largest city wl = Pine City
area_total_sq_mi = 1435
area_total_km2 = 3716
area_land_sq_mi = 1411
area_land_km2 = 3655
area_water_sq_mi = 24
area_water_km2 = 61
area percentage = 1.64%
census yr = 2000
pop = 26530
density_sq_mi = 19
density_km2 = 7
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
footnotes =
web =
named for = The abundant pine trees in the area.

Pine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 26,530. Its county seat is Pine CityGR|6. A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,435 square miles (3,716 km²), of which, 1,411 square miles (3,655 km²) of it is land and 24 square miles (61 km²) of it (1.64%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

*Carlton County (north)
*Douglas County, Wisconsin (northeast)
*Burnett County, Wisconsin (southeast)
*Chisago County (south)
*Isanti County (southwest)
*Kanabec County (west)
*Aitkin County (northwest)

National protected area

* Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (part)


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 26,530 people, 9,939 households, and 6,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 15,353 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.41% White, 1.29% Black or African American, 2.69% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.3% were of German, 11.6% Swedish, 11.1% Norwegian and 5.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000.There were 9,939 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 25.10% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,379, and the median income for a family was $44,058. Males had a median income of $31,600 versus $22,675 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,445. About 7.80% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.


Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.

In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City becoming the new county seat.

Cities and towns


External links

* [ Pine County Government's Website]
* [ Minnesota DOT Official Highway Map of Southern Pine County]
* [ Minnesota DOT Official Highway Map of Northern Pine County]

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