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Aitkin County, Minnesota (MN)


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County population in 2012: 15,927 (all rural); it was 15,301 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,412
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,717
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,666
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,170 (it was 978 in 2000)
% of renters here:

15%
State:

27%

Land area: 1819 sq. mi.
Water area: 176.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 9 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Aitkin County: 89.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (14.4%), Retail trade (11.1%), Manufacturing (10.5%), Construction (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Aitkin County, Minnesota:


Median resident age:  51.0 years
Minnesota median age:  37.0 years

Males: 8,205  (47.6%)
Females: 7,997  (52.4%)

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Aitkin County,MN real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Aitkin County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $36,760 ($31,139 in 1999)
This county:

$36760
Minnesota:

$55616

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $420 (lower quartile is $273, upper quartile is $576)
This county:

$420
State:

$683


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $170,582 (it was $86,200 in 2000)
Aitkin County:

$170,582
Minnesota:

$200,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $106,009 - $272,433

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $199,468
Here:

$199,468
State:

$247,637

Townhouses or other attached units: $2,568,324
Here:

$2,568,324
State:

$193,158

In 2-unit structures: $20,230
Here:

$20,230
State:

$233,138

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $242,671
Here:

$242,671
State:

$177,950

Mobile homes: $121,465
Here:

$121,465
State:

$34,666

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $318,878
Here:

$318,878
State:

$94,976
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,233
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $309

Institutionalized population: 195

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $696 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $776 (0.4%)


Aitkin County household income distribution in 2009 Aitkin County home values distribution


Aitkin County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.9%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 2.6% for Black residents, 52.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 51.4% for American Indian residents, 78.3% for other race residents, 32.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 49 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

11.6%
Whole state:

7.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.6%
Whole state:

3.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Aitkin County is $424 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $557 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $695 a month.

Cities in this county include: Aitkin, Hill City, McGregor, Palisade, McGrath, Tamarack.

Aitkin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: www.co.aitkin.mn.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Aitkin County: Big K Campground (A), Grayling (B), Kimberly (C), Edgewater Resort and RV Park (D), Tamarack (E), Whispering Pines Campground (F), Savanna Fairways Golf Club (G), Camp Kitchi Kahniss (H), Jacobson Campground (I), Snake River Campground (J), Aitkin County Fairgrounds (K), Aitkin Campground (L), Jacobson Fire Department (M), Palisade Volunteer Fire Department (N), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources McGrath Field Station (O), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Sandy Lake Field Station (P), McGregor Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (Q). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Aitkin County include: Beaver Church (A), Bethlehem Church (B), Zion Church (C), Calvary Church (D), Chapel in the Pines (E), Clear Lake Parish House (F), Dorris Church (G), Fleming Church (H), Glen Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ostlund Cemetery (1), Bennettville Cemetery (2), Pliny Cemetery (3), Wagner Township Cemetery (4), Verdon Cemetery (5), Tschibegamig Cemetery (6), Shamrock Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Apple Lake (A), Avenue Lake (B), Bachelor Lake (C), Baker Lake (D), Ball Bluff Lake (E), Bass Lake (F), Bay Lake (G), Bear Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Libby Branch (A), Swan River (B), Section Five Creek (C), Seventeen Creek (D), Sandy River (E), Beckman Creek (F), Bear Creek (G), Sisabagamah Creek (H), Moose River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Aitkin County include: Farm Island State Wildlife Management Area (1), Grayling State Wildlife Management Area (2), Kimberly State Wildlife Management Area (3), Little Willow State Wildlife Management Area (4), Newstrom State Wildlife Management Area (5), Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge (6), Ripple River State Wildlife Management Area (7), Salo Marsh State Wildlife Management Area (8), Snake River County Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Carlton County , Cass County , Crow Wing County , Itasca County , Kanabec County , Mille Lacs County , Pine County , St. Louis County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 349
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 143 (60% naturalized citizens)

Aitkin County:

0.9%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.1%

Aitkin County marital status for males
Aitkin County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Aitkin County with a mortgage: 1,459 (121 second mortgage, 190 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,382

Here:

51.4% with mortgage
State:

74.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 70.47%
Here70.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,782
Total congregations: 46

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents5,326 (49.4%)2,814 (26.1%)1,013 (9.4%)675 (6.3%)216 (2.0%)
Congregations15 (32.6%)4 (8.7%)4 (8.7%)7 (15.2%)4 (8.7%)
NameConservative Baptist Association of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Baptist General ConferenceUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents177 (1.6%)155 (1.4%)98 (0.9%)63 (0.6%)245 (2.3%)
Congregations1 (2.2%)3 (6.5%)1 (2.2%)1 (2.2%)6 (13.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Aitkin County - Aitkin, Hill City, McGregor, Palisade, McGrath

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

3.15 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Aitkin County:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 17
Aitkin County:

10.72 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.6%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.8%
Minnesota:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Aitkin County:

10.4%
State:

13.0%


Agriculture in Aitkin County:

Average size of farms: 259 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $18,081
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $110.81
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 22.42%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $27,356
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 35.51%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.80%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $46,930
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.70%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.63
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.27%
Corn for grain: 1093 harvested acres
Vegetables: 31 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 7 acres

Tornado activity:

Aitkin County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Minnesota state average. It is 1.6 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 13 fatalities and 75 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/6/1969, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 12 people and injured 70 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Aitkin County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Wood products (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Aitkin County (%):





Aitkin County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,517 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 719 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 15 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 4 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 17 (0%)
  • Walked: 286 (5%)
  • Other means: 45 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 488 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Aitkin County, Minnesota in 2000:

People in group quarters in Aitkin County, Minnesota in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,052.

7.96% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($40,157 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.96%
Minnesota average:

7.79%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.84% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($35,521 average AGI)
1.11% relocated from other states ($4,636 average AGI)
Aitkin County:

1.11%
Minnesota average:

2.24%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Hennepin County, MN  1.09% ($39,750 average AGI)
from Anoka County, MN  0.94% ($54,708)
from Crow Wing County, MN  0.72% ($30,216)
from Ramsey County, MN  0.53% ($39,852)
from Dakota County, MN  0.39% ($83,250)
from Itasca County, MN  0.39% ($21,900)
from Washington County, MN  0.25% ($52,231)


7.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,714 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.05%
Minnesota average:

7.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.63% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($26,838 average AGI)
1.42% relocated to other states ($5,877 average AGI)
Aitkin County:

1.42%
Minnesota average:

2.37%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Crow Wing County, MN  1.44% ($50,014 average AGI)
to Itasca County, MN  0.59% ($20,333)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.55% ($31,464)
to St. Louis County, MN  0.28% ($22,643)
to Anoka County, MN  0.26% ($19,077)
to Beltrami County, MN  0.26% ($33,923)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.26% ($26,154)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Aitkin County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Aitkin County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Aitkin County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,006 (3,577 aged, 429 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.24
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8121.760
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 449.130
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38319.51

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 983.060
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1125.260
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 18.55

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 35.33
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 68.01

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.18

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,928

Size of family households: 2,934 2-persons, 748 3-persons, 585 4-persons, 275 5-persons, 105 6-persons, 60 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,260 1-person, 285 2-persons, 34 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

96.5% of residents of Aitkin County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (56% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 25% speak English not well).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $108,825,000 ($6788 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,172,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $57,516,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $20,057,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $445,000
Federal grants: $26,988,000
Federal procurement contracts: $701,000 ($44,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,118,000 ($83,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,278,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,718,000
Federal Government insurance: $17,300,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 744
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 919
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +8
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,070
Here +66 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Aitkin County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.24 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.7

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Aitkin County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 97
  • 3 rooms: 334
  • 4 rooms: 930
  • 5 rooms: 1,474
  • 6 rooms: 1,132
  • 7 rooms: 728
  • 8 rooms: 505
  • 9+ rooms: 437
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 171
  • 3 rooms: 184
  • 4 rooms: 249
  • 5 rooms: 175
  • 6 rooms: 92
  • 7 rooms: 39
  • 8 rooms: 42
  • 9+ rooms: 11
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Aitkin County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 40
  • 1 bedroom: 374
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,995
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,282
  • 4 bedrooms: 787
  • 5+ bedrooms: 188
  • no bedroom: 21
  • 1 bedroom: 318
  • 2 bedrooms: 394
  • 3 bedrooms: 193
  • 4 bedrooms: 44
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Aitkin County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 203
  • 1 vehicle: 1,635
  • 2 vehicles: 2,511
  • 3 vehicles: 982
  • 4 vehicles: 235
  • 5+ vehicles: 100
  • no vehicle: 204
  • 1 vehicle: 505
  • 2 vehicles: 196
  • 3 vehicles: 57
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

63% of Aitkin County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 86% lived in Minnesota.

Aitkin County:

63.3%
State average:

58.1%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $41,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 16%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 14%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Aitkin County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (51.0%)
  • Wood (17.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (13.8%)
  • Electricity (8.9%)
  • Utility gas (8.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32.1%)
  • Utility gas (23.6%)
  • Electricity (19.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (13.6%)
  • Wood (7.5%)
  • Other fuel (2.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 37
Here:

2.5%
Minnesota:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 15
Here:

1.6%
Minnesota:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 27
Here:

9.1%
Minnesota:

24.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Aitkin County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Aitkin County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Aitkin County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Aitkin County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Aitkin County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Aitkin County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Aitkin County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13777.5 years
William11375.5 years
George8078.3 years
Robert8072.9 years
Donald6172.3 years
Mary6081.5 years
Carl5481.4 years
Charles5379.5 years
Helen5379.7 years
Arthur5279.3 years
Most common last names in Aitkin County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson13981.1 years
Anderson7677.9 years
Carlson5776.6 years
Nelson5176.9 years
Peterson4779.9 years
Olson4777.8 years
Larson3279.6 years
Smith2881.4 years
Erickson2578.4 years
Christensen2478.6 years
Businesses in Aitkin County, MN
NameCountNameCount
Dairy Queen2SAS Shoes1
FedEx1Subway2
H&R Block1True Value1
McDonald's1U-Haul1
Nike1UPS3
RadioShack1
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