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Pope County, Minnesota (MN)


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County population in 2012: 10,892 (all rural); it was 11,236 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,280
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,498
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,647
Renter-occupied apartments: 958 (it was 866 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

27%

Land area: 670 sq. mi.
Water area: 47.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Pope County: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.7%), Manufacturing (17.1%), Retail trade (12.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Pope County, Minnesota:


Median resident age:  45.0 years
Minnesota median age:  37.0 years

Males: 5,557  (50.3%)
Females: 5,438  (49.7%)

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Pope County,MN real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Pope County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $42,065 ($35,633 in 1999)
This county:

$42065
Minnesota:

$55616

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $395 (lower quartile is $266, upper quartile is $535)
This county:

$395
State:

$683


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $140,377 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Pope County:

$140,377
Minnesota:

$200,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $88,939 - $237,161

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $194,565
Here:

$194,565
State:

$247,637

Townhouses or other attached units: $305,657
Here:

$305,657
State:

$193,158

In 2-unit structures: $246,678
Here:

$246,678
State:

$233,138

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $980,744
Here:

$980,744
State:

$214,201

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $754,049
Here:

$754,049
State:

$177,950

Mobile homes: $154,789
Here:

$154,789
State:

$34,666
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,289
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $298

Institutionalized population: 152

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: $1,169 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,128 (0.8%)


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


Pope County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 9.1%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.3% for Black residents, 13.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 39.1% for American Indian residents, 8.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 15 years old, American Indian residents: 47 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

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

8.8%
Whole state:

7.9%

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

2.6%
Whole state:

3.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pope County is $397 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $643 a month.

Cities in this county include: Glenwood, Starbuck, Cyrus, Long Beach, Lowry, Villard, Westport, Sedan, Farwell.

Pope County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: www.mncounties.org/pope

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable location: Pezhekee Golf Course (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Pope County include: Barsness Church (A), Bethany Church (B), Minnewaska Assembly of God Church (C), East Zion Church (D), Grove Lake Church (E), Saint John Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G), Lake Reno Church (H), Norunga Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: West Lake Amelia Cemetery (1), Oak Hill Cemetery (2), Lake Reno Cemetery (3), Ben Wade Cemetery (4), Bethany Cemetery (5), Saint John's Cemetery (6), Early Indherred Community Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Belgum Lake (A), Lake Ben (B), Benson Lake (C), Wollan Lake (D), Westport Lake (E), Villard Lake (F), Tracey Slough (G), Thoralson Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trappers Run (A), Signalness Creek (B), Outlet Creek (C), Little Chippewa River (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Pope County include: Farwell State Wildlife Management Area (1), Glacial Lakes State Park (2), Heinks State Wildlife Management Area (3), Little Jo State Wildlife Management Area (4), Lowry State Wildlife Management Area (5), New Prairie State Wildlife Management Are (6), Noordmans State Wildlife Management Area (7), Nora State Wildlife Management Area (8), Reno State Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Douglas County , Grant County , Kandiyohi County , Stearns County , Stevens County , Swift County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 247
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 105 (69% naturalized citizens)

Pope County:

0.9%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 67.9%

Pope County marital status for males
Pope County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Pope County with a mortgage: 1,282 (101 second mortgage, 90 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 949

Here:

57.5% with mortgage
State:

74.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.85%
Here78.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,860
Total congregations: 28

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchAssociation of Free Lutheran CongregationsOther
Adherents5,230 (59.0%)1,846 (20.8%)490 (5.5%)318 (3.6%)976 (11.0%)
Congregations14 (50.0%)3 (10.7%)2 (7.1%)2 (7.1%)7 (25.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Pope County - Glenwood, Starbuck, Cyrus, Long Beach, Lowry

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Pope County:

11.81 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.5%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.2%
Minnesota:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Pope County:

11.9%
State:

13.0%


Agriculture in Pope County:

Average size of farms: 379 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $98,037
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $219.24
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.19%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 42.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $83,764
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 67.80%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.09%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $89,703
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.69
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 23.39%
Corn for grain: 93037 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 11259 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 95239 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,792 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Pope County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Minnesota state average. It is 1.5 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 13 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/18/1964, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Pope County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 92% 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 29.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 41.3 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 69.8 miles away from the county center
On 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.4 miles away from Pope County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Pope County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Machinery (8%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (3%)
  • Health care (25%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Paper and paper products merchant wholesalers (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Customer service representatives (3%)

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




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





Pope County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,978 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 433 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 16 (0%)
  • Walked: 223 (4%)
  • Other means: 22 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 602 (11%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

152 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
32 people in group homes intended for adults

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $46,065.

6.30% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($49,972 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Minnesota average:

7.79%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.36% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($35,691 average AGI)
0.94% relocated from other states ($14,280 average AGI)
Pope County:

0.94%
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 Douglas County, MN  1.34% ($28,900 average AGI)
from Stearns County, MN  0.67% ($72,833)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.45% ($47,350)
from Stevens County, MN  0.36% ($26,750)
from Kandiyohi County, MN  0.25% ($21,000)
from Swift County, MN  0.22% ($57,700)


6.86% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,453 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.86%
Minnesota average:

7.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.33% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($24,301 average AGI)
1.53% relocated to other states ($7,152 average AGI)
Pope County:

1.53%
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 Douglas County, MN  1.44% ($32,092 average AGI)
to Stearns County, MN  0.69% ($27,871)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.49% ($32,955)
to Stevens County, MN  0.36% ($40,125)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Pope County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Pope County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pope County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,388 (2,195 aged, 193 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 17.81
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9477.150
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 472.080
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 18678.19

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 870.960
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1013.150
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.89

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.74
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62.21

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17.77

Household type by relationship:

Households: 10,811

Size of family households: 1,772 2-persons, 552 3-persons, 505 4-persons, 210 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 42 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,395 1-person, 177 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

96.4% of residents of Pope County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
2.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $75,032,000 ($6683 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,529,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,843,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,596,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,482,000
Federal grants: $11,850,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,078,000 ($4,500,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,183,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $643,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,592,000
Federal Government insurance: $41,201,000

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

Births: 638
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 784
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +6
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +181
Here +16 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pope County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.62 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.7

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Pope County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 66
  • 4 rooms: 360
  • 5 rooms: 691
  • 6 rooms: 762
  • 7 rooms: 731
  • 8 rooms: 531
  • 9+ rooms: 491
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 55
  • 3 rooms: 210
  • 4 rooms: 212
  • 5 rooms: 142
  • 6 rooms: 106
  • 7 rooms: 73
  • 8 rooms: 31
  • 9+ rooms: 23
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pope County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 75
  • 2 bedrooms: 825
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,733
  • 4 bedrooms: 847
  • 5+ bedrooms: 157
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 235
  • 2 bedrooms: 344
  • 3 bedrooms: 193
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10
Cars and other vehicles available in Pope County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 124
  • 1 vehicle: 797
  • 2 vehicles: 1,759
  • 3 vehicles: 704
  • 4 vehicles: 180
  • 5+ vehicles: 83
  • no vehicle: 171
  • 1 vehicle: 438
  • 2 vehicles: 192
  • 3 vehicles: 41
  • 4 vehicles: 22
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

66% of Pope County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 77% lived in Minnesota.

Pope County:

65.8%
State average:

58.1%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $95,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pope County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.9%)
  • Utility gas (35.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16.3%)
  • Electricity (6.3%)
  • Wood (3.5%)
  • Utility gas (46.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.5%)
  • Electricity (19.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.3%)
  • No fuel used (3.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.7%)
  • Wood (1.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 72
Here:

5.1%
Minnesota:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 31
Here:

3.7%
Minnesota:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 30
Here:

15.5%
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

Pope County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Pope County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Pope County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Pope County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Pope County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7380.4 years
William5377.3 years
Mabel4685.3 years
Clara4587.4 years
Anna4485.9 years
Robert4476.7 years
Arthur4377.6 years
Carl4285.0 years
George4278.4 years
Mary4185.6 years
Most common last names in Pope County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson10081.6 years
Anderson7980.6 years
Olson7281.9 years
Larson5979.5 years
Pederson4881.4 years
Erickson4880.4 years
Barsness4081.4 years
Thompson3981.9 years
Hanson3882.4 years
Nelson3781.9 years
Businesses in Pope County, MN
NameCountNameCount
Curves1Jones New York1
Dairy Queen2Subway1
FedEx1True Value1
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