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Blue Earth County, Minnesota (MN)

County population in 2017: 66,973 (73% urban, 27% rural); it was 55,941 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,972
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,979
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 13,988
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,494 (it was 7,074 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

27%

Land area: 752 sq. mi.

Water area: 13.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 89 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Blue Earth County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (37.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.1%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Blue Earth County, MN (2017)
    • 58,838105.2%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,4664.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,1663.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,4822.6%Asian alone
    • 1,2412.2%Two or more races
    • 2710.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 350.06%Some other race alone
    • 80.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

30.5 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years
Males: 34,011  (50.8%)
Females: 32,962  (49.2%)
Average household size:
Blue Earth County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $56,716 ($38,940 in 1999)
This county:

$56,716
Minnesota:

$68,388

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $766 (lower quartile is $618, upper quartile is $999)
This county:

$766
State:

$859


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $185,600 (it was $95,400 in 2000)
Blue Earth:

$185,600
Minnesota:

$224,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $140,700 - $265,900

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $221,544
Here:

$221,544
State:

$276,132

Townhouses or other attached units: $150,293
Here:

$150,293
State:

$212,789

In 2-unit structures: $160,282
Here:

$160,282
State:

$232,954

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $200,341
Here:

$200,341
State:

$175,014

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $64,756
Here:

$64,756
State:

$204,896

Mobile homes: $57,089
Here:

$57,089
State:

$67,892

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,301
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $457

Institutionalized population: 477

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 11
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 7
  • Burglaries: 123
  • Thefts: 155
  • Auto thefts: 18

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 8
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 2
  • Burglaries: 84
  • Thefts: 148
  • Auto thefts: 22
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 138 buildings, average cost: $111,000
  • 1998: 139 buildings, average cost: $107,400
  • 1999: 170 buildings, average cost: $119,100
  • 2000: 212 buildings, average cost: $127,400
  • 2001: 313 buildings, average cost: $124,300
  • 2002: 330 buildings, average cost: $135,100
  • 2003: 664 buildings, average cost: $128,400
  • 2004: 448 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 2005: 431 buildings, average cost: $151,100
  • 2006: 327 buildings, average cost: $152,000
  • 2007: 276 buildings, average cost: $177,900
  • 2008: 165 buildings, average cost: $173,700
  • 2009: 181 buildings, average cost: $161,300
  • 2010: 156 buildings, average cost: $178,400
  • 2011: 151 buildings, average cost: $159,300
  • 2012: 149 buildings, average cost: $174,400
  • 2013: 221 buildings, average cost: $190,300
  • 2014: 145 buildings, average cost: $183,200
  • 2015: 147 buildings, average cost: $206,900
  • 2016: 177 buildings, average cost: $224,200
  • 2017: 258 buildings, average cost: $201,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Blue Earth, MN residents
Average permit cost in Blue Earth, MN
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,755 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,715 (0.9%)

Distribution of median household income in Blue Earth, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Blue Earth, MN in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Blue Earth, MN in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 18.3%
Blue Earth County:

18.3%
Minnesota:

9.5%
(15.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.5% for Black residents, 31.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.2% for American Indian residents, 35.7% for other race residents, 31.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 30.5 years old
(Males: 28.5 years old, Females: 33.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 33.1 years old, Black residents: 22.1 years old, American Indian residents: 23.6 years old, Asian residents: 22.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.3 years old, Other race residents: 28.3 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Blue Earth County is $514 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $855 a month.

Cities in this county include: Mankato, Lake Crystal, Eagle Lake, Mapleton, Madison Lake, St. Clair, Good Thunder, Amboy, Vernon Center, Skyline.

Blue Earth County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Neighboring counties: Adams County, Wisconsin , Cumberland County, Maine , Columbia County, Wisconsin , Green Lake County, Wisconsin , Juneau County, Wisconsin , Portage County, Wisconsin , Redwood County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.4%
Minnesota:

4.1%

Unemployment by year in Blue Earth, MN
County total employment by year in Blue Earth, MN
County average yearly wages by year in Blue Earth, MN

Current college students: 10,105
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 95.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 38.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 3,494 (42.2% naturalized citizens)

Blue Earth County:

5.2%
Whole state:

8.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,6472010 or later
  • 7592000 to 2009
  • 6561990 to 1999
  • 4641980 to 1989
  • 961970 to 1979
  • 161Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.8%

Blue Earth County marital status for males Blue Earth County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 16,576
  • One, attached: 1,931
  • Two: 1,058
  • 3 or 4: 1,358
  • 5 to 9: 1,686
  • 10 to 19: 2,516
  • 20 to 49: 1,023
  • 50 or more: 1,259
  • Mobile homes: 1,031

Housing units in Blue Earth County with a mortgage: 10,833 (581 second mortgage, 890 home equity loan, 84 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,620

Here:

66.7% with mortgage
State:

67.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Blue Earth County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic13,0939
Mainline Protestant12,50828
Evangelical Protestant10,65034
Other1,4684
None26,294-
Blue Earth County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Blue Earth County:

1.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 32
Blue Earth County:

5.34 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 59
This county:

9.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Blue Earth County:

5.9%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Blue Earth County:

27.3%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.7%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Blue Earth County:

Average size of farms: 361 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $186,960
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $274.90
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.28%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 53.57%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $161,937
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 87.60%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.01%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $103,590
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.89%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.32
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 11.18%
Corn for grain: 176541 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 763 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 165342 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,860 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 29 acres

Earthquake activity:

Blue Earth County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 147.0 miles away from Blue Earth County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 155.7 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 266.7 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 260.6 miles away from the county center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 181.6 miles away from Blue Earth County center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 221.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 21, 2016 to September 24, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4290: November 02, 2016, FEMA Id: 4290, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 11, 2014 to July 12, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4182: July 21, 2014, FEMA Id: 4182, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood, Wind
  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 16, 2011 to May 25, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1982: May 10, 2011, FEMA Id: 1982, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 22, 2010 to October 14, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1941: October 13, 2010, FEMA Id: 1941, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 17, 2010 to June 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1921: July 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1921, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 01, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1900: April 19, 2010, FEMA Id: 1900, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Incident Period: March 01, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3310: March 19, 2010, FEMA Id: 3310, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3242: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3242, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds And Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 15, 1998 to June 28, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1225: June 23, 1998, FEMA Id: 1225, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Wind
  • Minnesota Tornadoes and Severe Thunderstorms, Incident Period: March 29, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1212: April 01, 1998, FEMA Id: 1212, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
  • 9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Blue Earth County (19) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 4, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Blue Earth

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 35,268 (84.8%)
  • Carpooled: 2,580 (6.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 303 (0.7%)
  • Subway or elevated: 11 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 110 (0.3%)
  • Bicycle: 201 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 1,187 (2.9%)
  • Worked at home: 1,933 (4.6%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Information (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Information (4%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Somalia (12%)
  • Other Eastern Africa (10%)
  • Korea (8%)
  • Mexico (5%)
  • Nepal (5%)
  • Cambodia (4%)
  • Morocco (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Blue Earth County


  • German (42%)
  • Norwegian (9%)
  • American (5%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • Somali (3%)
  • Swedish (2%)
  • European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 2000:

  • 3,056 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 482 people in nursing homes
  • 158 people in religious group quarters
  • 120 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 99 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 69 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 61 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 48 people in other group homes
  • 18 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 2010:

  • 3,328 people in college/university student housing
  • 391 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 347 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 264 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 72 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 49 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 43 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 21 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 13 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $66,620.

8.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,441 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.32%
Minnesota average:

7.10%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.25% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($29,030 average AGI)
2.07% relocated from other states ($11,411 average AGI)
Blue Earth County:

2.07%
Minnesota average:

2.11%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Nicollet County, MN  1.81% ($45,496 average AGI)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.42% ($30,267)
from Le Sueur County, MN  0.38% ($43,568)
from Waseca County, MN  0.34% ($38,107)
from Brown County, MN  0.23% ($36,860)
from Ramsey County, MN  0.21% ($30,868)
from Dakota County, MN  0.21% ($33,923)


9.14% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,294 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.14%
Minnesota average:

7.17%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.78% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($32,378 average AGI)
2.35% relocated to other states ($11,916 average AGI)
Blue Earth County:

2.35%
Minnesota average:

2.17%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Nicollet County, MN  1.82% ($51,497 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  1.02% ($35,696)
to Dakota County, MN  0.41% ($57,716)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.40% ($33,160)
to Waseca County, MN  0.38% ($40,137)
to Le Sueur County, MN  0.31% ($61,114)
to Faribault County, MN  0.21% ($26,537)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Births per 1000 population in Blue Earth County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Blue Earth County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.1

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Blue Earth County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Blue Earth County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 8,041 (6,707 aged, 1,334 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 876 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 1999 - 2014:

  • Unspecified dementia (482)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (479)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (369)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (307)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (289)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (220)
  • Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (186)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (185)
  • Congestive heart failure (154)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (120)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.74
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 16,036
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 303
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 46,876

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,122
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 801
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 63
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 103

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 109.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 64.5
  • Other - 44.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 66,973
  • In family households: 44,858 (7,246 male householders, 7,908 female householders)
    11,354 spouses, 14,620 children (13,685 natural, 293 adopted, 642 stepchildren), 754 grandchildren, 308 brothers or sisters, 334 parents, 376 other relatives, 1,958 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 18,197 (5,529 male householders (2,822 living alone)), 5,415 female householders (3,318 living alone)), 7,253 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,918

Size of family households: 6,469 2-persons, 3,458 3-persons, 3,259 4-persons, 1,444 5-persons, 238 6-persons, 286 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,140 1-person, 3,279 2-persons, 739 3-persons, 669 4-persons, 117 5-persons.

8,507 married couples with children.
3,594 single-parent households (1,513 men, 2,081 women).

92.6% of residents of Blue Earth speak English at home.
2.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (76% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (88% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (61% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other language at home (78% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $284,697,000 ($4,959 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $10,888,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $119,668,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $52,370,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $17,222,000
Federal grants: $60,376,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,325,000 ($49,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $29,735,000 ($7,793,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,532,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $33,946,000
Federal Government insurance: $94,177,000

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

Births: 3,536
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,265
Here:

39 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +568
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +339
Here +6 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Blue Earth County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.23 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.0
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.0

Year house built in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Year house built in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • 4202014 or later
  • 8512010 to 2013
  • 5,1862000 to 2009
  • 3,4381990 to 1999
  • 2,4841980 to 1989
  • 3,6011970 to 1979
  • 2,8901960 to 1969
  • 3,1661950 to 1959
  • 1,0431940 to 1949
  • 5,3591939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • 181 room
  • 1232 rooms
  • 6743 rooms
  • 1,6274 rooms
  • 2,5715 rooms
  • 1,8946 rooms
  • 2,6867 rooms
  • 3,2368 rooms
  • 3,6249+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • 4641 room
  • 8822 rooms
  • 1,4893 rooms
  • 3,4824 rooms
  • 1,8315 rooms
  • 3266 rooms
  • 4287 rooms
  • 5108 rooms
  • 2339+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • 18no bedroom
  • 5591 bedroom
  • 3,1822 bedrooms
  • 7,0673 bedrooms
  • 4,1914 bedrooms
  • 1,4365+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Blue Earth County, Minnesota
  • 464no bedroom
  • 2,0571 bedroom
  • 3,6132 bedrooms
  • 2,0233 bedrooms
  • 1,2934 bedrooms
  • 1955+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Blue Earth County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Blue Earth County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Blue Earth County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 164no vehicle
  • 3,4381 vehicle
  • 8,1212 vehicles
  • 3,3303 vehicles
  • 7884 vehicles
  • 6125+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Blue Earth County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Blue Earth County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,344no vehicle
  • 3,6601 vehicle
  • 2,5812 vehicles
  • 1,2783 vehicles
  • 6344 vehicles
  • 1485+ vehicles

81.8% of Blue Earth County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 32% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 69% lived in Minnesota.

Blue Earth County:

81.8%
State average:

85.8%

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

  • This state: 47,269
  • Other state: 15,878
  • Northeast: 619
  • Midwest: 10,649
  • South: 2,152
  • West: 2,458
Year householders moved into unit in Blue Earth County, MN
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Blue Earth County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 72.8%Utility gas
  • 17.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.9%Electricity
  • 2.1%Wood
  • 0.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 54.7%Utility gas
  • 33.1%Electricity
  • 7.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.3%No fuel used
  • 2.1%Solar energy
  • 2.0%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 687
Here:

11.9%
Minnesota:

10.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 398
Here:

15.5%
Minnesota:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 802
Here:

6.7%
Minnesota:

22.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Blue Earth County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $6,121,000
    Housing and Community Development: $246,000
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $16,582,000
    Health - Other: $7,150,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,980,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,331,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,022,000
    General - Other: $4,933,000
    Police Protection: $4,818,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,934,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,697,000
    Financial Administration: $2,668,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,328,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,299,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,846,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,696,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,618,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,550,000
    Libraries: $980,000
    Parks and Recreation: $526,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $825,000
    Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,438,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,432,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,292,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,278,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,166,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,153,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $1,525,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,426,000
    Interest Earnings: $860,000
    Rents: $630,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $156,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $116,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $1,250,000
    Financial Administration: $1,096,000
    Police Protection: $804,000
    Regular Highways: $767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $157,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $107,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $86,000
    Parks and Recreation: $74,000
    Corrections - Other: $24,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,000
    Libraries: $13,000
    General - Other: $8,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $110,577,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,439,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $16,828,000
    Highways: $10,220,000
    Other: $3,354,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,306,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,307,000
    Housing and Community Development: $145,000
  • Tax - Property: $29,923,000
    Other License: $302,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $265,000
    Other: $113,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $24,615,000

Blue Earth County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $6,121,000
    Housing and Community Development: $246,000
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $16,582,000
    Health - Other: $7,150,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,980,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,331,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,022,000
    General - Other: $4,933,000
    Police Protection: $4,818,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,934,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,697,000
    Financial Administration: $2,668,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,328,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,299,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,846,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,696,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,618,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,550,000
    Libraries: $980,000
    Parks and Recreation: $526,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $825,000
    Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,438,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,432,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,292,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,278,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,166,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,153,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $1,525,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,426,000
    Interest Earnings: $860,000
    Rents: $630,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $156,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $116,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $1,250,000
    Financial Administration: $1,096,000
    Police Protection: $804,000
    Regular Highways: $767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $157,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $107,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $86,000
    Parks and Recreation: $74,000
    Corrections - Other: $24,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,000
    Libraries: $13,000
    General - Other: $8,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $110,577,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,439,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $16,828,000
    Highways: $10,220,000
    Other: $3,354,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,306,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,307,000
    Housing and Community Development: $145,000
  • Tax - Property: $29,923,000
    Other License: $302,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $265,000
    Other: $113,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $24,615,000

Blue Earth County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $6,121,000
    Housing and Community Development: $246,000
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $16,582,000
    Health - Other: $7,150,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,980,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,331,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,022,000
    General - Other: $4,933,000
    Police Protection: $4,818,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,934,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,697,000
    Financial Administration: $2,668,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,328,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,299,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,846,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,696,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,618,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,550,000
    Libraries: $980,000
    Parks and Recreation: $526,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $825,000
    Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,438,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,432,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,292,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,278,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,166,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,153,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $1,525,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,426,000
    Interest Earnings: $860,000
    Rents: $630,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $156,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $116,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $1,250,000
    Financial Administration: $1,096,000
    Police Protection: $804,000
    Regular Highways: $767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $157,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $107,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $86,000
    Parks and Recreation: $74,000
    Corrections - Other: $24,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,000
    Libraries: $13,000
    General - Other: $8,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $110,577,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,439,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $16,828,000
    Highways: $10,220,000
    Other: $3,354,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,306,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,307,000
    Housing and Community Development: $145,000
  • Tax - Property: $29,923,000
    Other License: $302,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $265,000
    Other: $113,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $24,615,000

Blue Earth County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $6,121,000
    Housing and Community Development: $246,000
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $16,582,000
    Health - Other: $7,150,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $6,980,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,331,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $5,022,000
    General - Other: $4,933,000
    Police Protection: $4,818,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,934,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,697,000
    Financial Administration: $2,668,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,328,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,299,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,846,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,696,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,618,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,550,000
    Libraries: $980,000
    Parks and Recreation: $526,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $825,000
    Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,438,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,432,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,292,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,278,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,166,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,153,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $1,525,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,426,000
    Interest Earnings: $860,000
    Rents: $630,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $156,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $116,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $1,250,000
    Financial Administration: $1,096,000
    Police Protection: $804,000
    Regular Highways: $767,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $157,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $107,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $86,000
    Parks and Recreation: $74,000
    Corrections - Other: $24,000
    Correctional Institutions: $24,000
    Libraries: $13,000
    General - Other: $8,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $110,577,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,439,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $16,828,000
    Highways: $10,220,000
    Other: $3,354,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,306,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,307,000
    Housing and Community Development: $145,000
  • Tax - Property: $29,923,000
    Other License: $302,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $265,000
    Other: $113,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $24,615,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 922
  • Number of aged recipients: 189
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 733
  • Number of recipients under 18: 120
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 562
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 240
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 449
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 360
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 16 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED256$135,672350$140,4771,520$149,80197$66,23712$1,177,833156$122,12817$40,588
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$185,75015$91,333122$156,6975$140,4000$04$156,7505$53,800
APPLICATIONS DENIED28$116,64355$108,582336$152,30735$32,1431$1,370,00017$101,82416$82,750
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN11$148,09144$147,568287$162,15315$50,9330$011$132,9094$140,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$83,00024$157,41782$152,53716$52,1250$02$90,0001$45,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 16 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED73$174,78176$169,816
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED13$141,69221$152,714
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$114,2002$143,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$02$130,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$207,0001$400,000
Most common first names in Blue Earth County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John33977.1 years
Mary28881.1 years
William25177.0 years
Robert23973.3 years
George20378.6 years
Margaret20282.2 years
Anna17387.3 years
Harold16577.6 years
Helen15982.6 years
James15569.6 years
Most common last names in Blue Earth County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson25979.0 years
Anderson17178.9 years
Jones14181.0 years
Nelson12679.3 years
Peterson12180.0 years
Miller11879.2 years
Smith8979.4 years
Olson8977.6 years
Larson8277.3 years
Hanson6281.9 years
Businesses in Blue Earth County, MN
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Lane Bryant1
AT&T1Lane Furniture4
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza1
Advance Auto Parts1Long John Silver's1
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
AmericInn1Marriott1
American Eagle Outfitters1MasterBrand Cabinets13
Applebee's1Maurices1
Arby's2McDonald's3
Ashley Furniture1Menards1
AutoZone1Microtel1
Bakers Square1Motherhood Maternity2
Barnes & Noble1New Balance2
Bath & Body Works1New York & Co1
Best Western1Nike9
Blockbuster1Nissan1
Buffalo Wild Wings2OfficeMax1
Burger King1Old Country Buffet1
Caribou Coffee2Old Navy1
Carson Pirie Scott1Olive Garden1
Catherines1Pac Sun1
Charlotte Russe1Panera Bread1
Chevrolet1Papa John's Pizza1
Chick-Fil-A1Payless1
Chipotle2Penske1
Cold Stone Creamery1Pier 1 Imports1
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut1
Comfort Inn1Plato's Closet1
Curves2RadioShack1
Dairy Queen5Red Lobster1
Deb1SAS Shoes1
Discount Tire1Sam's Club1
Domino's Pizza2Sears2
DressBarn1Slumberland1
Dressbarn1Spencer Gifts1
Famous Footwear1Sprint Nextel1
FedEx9Starbucks1
Finish Line1Subway6
Ford1Super 81
GNC1T-Mobile1
GameStop2T.G.I. Driday's1
Gymboree1T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block2Taco Bell1
Hobby Lobby1Target1
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Hollister Co.1True Value2
Home Depot1U-Haul3
Honda1UPS8
Hot Topic1Vans2
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless3
Jimmy John's1Victoria's Secret1
Jones New York2Volkswagen1
Journeys1Walgreens3
KFC2Walmart1
Kohl's1Wendy's1
Kroger1Wet Seal1
La-Z-Boy2YMCA1

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