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:
Land area: 1819 sq. mi. Water area: 176.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 9 people per square mile
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%).
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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:
Minnesota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3242): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3242, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 23, 2001 to July 3, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1370): May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1370, Natural disaster type: Flood
Minnesota Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: March 21, 1997 to May 24, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1175): April 8, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1175, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 14, 1996 to June 17, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1116): June 1, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1116, Natural disaster type: Flood
Minnesota Severe Storm, Thunderstorm, High Winds, Flooding, Tornadoes, Heat, Incident Period: July 9, 1995 to July 14, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1064): August 18, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1064, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Minnesota Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 6, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-993): June 11, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-993, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Minnesota SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: April 30, 1979, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-582): April 30, 1979, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-582, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Minnesota Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared (EM-3013): June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3013, Natural disaster type: Drought
Minnesota SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: August 1, 1972, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-347): August 1, 1972, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-347, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Minnesota FLOODING, Incident Period: April 18, 1969, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-255): April 18, 1969, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-255, Natural disaster type: Flood
2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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:
In family households: 12,939 (3,827 male householders, 880 female householders)
3,910 spouses, 3,419 children (3,116 natural, 107 adopted, 196 stepchildren), 262 grandchildren, 63 brothers or sisters, 87 parents, 92 other relatives, 344 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 2,989 (1,431 male householders (1,214 living alone)), 1,161 female householders (1,046 living alone)), 397 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 274 (195 institutionalized population)
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.
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:
46 per 1000 residents
70 per 1000 residents
57 per 1000 residents
38 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +8
+0 per 1000 residents
+14 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +1,070
+66 per 1000 residents
-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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 286
2000 to 2004: 1,236
1990 to 1999: 2,359
1980 to 1989: 2,423
1970 to 1979: 3,315
1960 to 1969: 1,566
1950 to 1959: 1,426
1940 to 1949: 982
1939 or earlier: 2,094
Rooms in houses/apartments in Aitkin County, Minnesota
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 12239
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