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Stearns County, Minnesota (MN)

County population in 2017: 157,822 (63% urban, 37% rural); it was 133,166 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 27,859
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 12,406
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 35,111
Renter-occupied apartments: 15,967 (it was 12,493 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

27%

Land area: 1345 sq. mi.

Water area: 45.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 117 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Stearns County: 99.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (28.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 58%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Stearns County, MN (2017)
    • 135,928102.1%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 9,4147.1%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 5,1703.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3,8762.9%Asian alone
    • 2,0121.5%Two or more races
    • 4130.3%Some other race alone
    • 1880.1%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Median resident age:

34.3 years
Minnesota median age:

37.9 years
Males: 79,463  (50.3%)
Females: 78,359  (49.7%)
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Average household size:
Stearns County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $63,271 ($42,426 in 1999)
This county:

$63,271
Minnesota:

$68,388

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $715 (lower quartile is $571, upper quartile is $884)
This county:

$715
State:

$859


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $178,300 (it was $102,100 in 2000)
Stearns:

$178,300
Minnesota:

$224,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $132,100 - $268,600

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $225,795
Here:

$225,795
State:

$276,132

Townhouses or other attached units: $173,289
Here:

$173,289
State:

$212,789

In 2-unit structures: $638,378
Here:

$638,378
State:

$232,954

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $79,354
Here:

$79,354
State:

$175,014

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $338,097
Here:

$338,097
State:

$204,896

Mobile homes: $64,974
Here:

$64,974
State:

$67,892

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $201,554
Here:

$201,554
State:

$142,409

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,291
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $479

Institutionalized population: 956

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

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 14
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 29
  • Burglaries: 150
  • Thefts: 367
  • Auto thefts: 25

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 14
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 36
  • Burglaries: 132
  • Thefts: 385
  • Auto thefts: 41
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 616 buildings, average cost: $90,600
  • 1998: 761 buildings, average cost: $99,200
  • 1999: 887 buildings, average cost: $108,300
  • 2000: 849 buildings, average cost: $118,000
  • 2001: 981 buildings, average cost: $124,800
  • 2002: 1225 buildings, average cost: $135,200
  • 2003: 1326 buildings, average cost: $140,400
  • 2004: 1248 buildings, average cost: $146,300
  • 2005: 1264 buildings, average cost: $155,300
  • 2006: 834 buildings, average cost: $163,600
  • 2007: 584 buildings, average cost: $169,300
  • 2008: 318 buildings, average cost: $175,900
  • 2009: 240 buildings, average cost: $181,800
  • 2010: 273 buildings, average cost: $183,500
  • 2011: 202 buildings, average cost: $189,300
  • 2012: 265 buildings, average cost: $202,500
  • 2013: 294 buildings, average cost: $210,300
  • 2014: 305 buildings, average cost: $226,600
  • 2015: 299 buildings, average cost: $228,700
  • 2016: 374 buildings, average cost: $248,000
  • 2017: 419 buildings, average cost: $254,300
Number of permits per 10,000 Stearns, MN residents
Average permit cost in Stearns, MN
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,993 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,077 (1.2%)

Distribution of median household income in Stearns, MN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Stearns, MN in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Stearns, MN in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.3%
Stearns County:

11.3%
Minnesota:

9.5%
(8.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 44.2% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.8% for American Indian residents, 25.9% for other race residents, 18.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 34.3 years old
(Males: 33.7 years old, Females: 34.9 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 37.6 years old, Black residents: 22.1 years old, American Indian residents: 18.4 years old, Asian residents: 21.0 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.2 years old, Other race residents: 17.1 years old)

Area name: St. Cloud, MN MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Stearns County is $472 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $565 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $799 a month.

Cities in this county include: St. Cloud, Sartell, Waite Park, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre, St. Augusta, Melrose, Cold Spring, Paynesville, Albany.

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

2018 air pollution in Stearns County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.030 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 6.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.2%
Minnesota:

4.1%

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

Current college students: 15,315
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 11,434 (19.0% naturalized citizens)

Stearns County:

7.2%
Whole state:

8.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 5,4742010 or later
  • 2,8432000 to 2009
  • 1,4771990 to 1999
  • 7211980 to 1989
  • 2531970 to 1979
  • 328Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.6%

Stearns County marital status for males Stearns County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 46,480
  • One, attached: 2,239
  • Two: 589
  • 3 or 4: 1,077
  • 5 to 9: 1,357
  • 10 to 19: 2,996
  • 20 to 49: 5,502
  • 50 or more: 2,968
  • Mobile homes: 1,468
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 7

Housing units in Stearns County with a mortgage: 27,449 (948 second mortgage, 3,157 home equity loan, 207 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 14,353

Here:

65.9% with mortgage
State:

67.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Stearns County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic62,56548
Mainline Protestant17,43828
Evangelical Protestant12,07147
Other9697
Orthodox211
None57,578-
Stearns 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: 29
Stearns County:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.07 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.27 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 49
Stearns County:

3.35 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 120
This county:

8.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Stearns County:

6.2%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Stearns County:

27.2%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.6%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Stearns County:

Average size of farms: 216 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $109,029
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $153.30
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.91%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 79.79%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $86,134
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 66.49%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.63%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $78,322
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.45%
Average age of principal farm operators: 51 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 25.67
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 36.97%
Corn for grain: 167229 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6705 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 98592 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,136 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 65 acres

Earthquake activity:

Stearns County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Minnesota state average. It is 89% 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 75.3 miles away from Stearns County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 87.4 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 257.6 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 115.7 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 44.7 miles away from Stearns 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 290.5 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, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 20, 2013 to June 26, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4131: July 25, 2013, FEMA Id: 4131, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • Minnesota Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: July 01, 2011 to July 11, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4009: July 28, 2011, FEMA Id: 4009, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, 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 Flooding, Incident Period: March 23, 2001 to July 03, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1370: May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: 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 08, 1997, FEMA Id: 1175, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Minnesota Severe Winter Storms/Blizzards, Incident Period: January 03, 1997 to February 03, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1158: January 16, 1997, FEMA Id: 1158, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Blizzard
  • Minnesota Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared EM-3013: June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: 3013, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Minnesota FLOODING, Incident Period: April 18, 1969, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-255: April 18, 1969, FEMA Id: 255, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota FLOODING, Incident Period: March 22, 1966, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-215: March 22, 1966, FEMA Id: 215, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota FLOODING, Incident Period: April 11, 1965, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-188: April 11, 1965, FEMA Id: 188, Natural disaster type: Flood

The number of natural disasters in Stearns County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Stearns

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 80,116 (82.2%)
  • Carpooled: 7,784 (8.0%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 944 (1.0%)
  • Railroad: 43 (0.0%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 403 (0.4%)
  • Bicycle: 562 (0.6%)
  • Walked: 3,153 (3.2%)
  • Worked at home: 4,439 (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 (26%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)

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


  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Somalia (22%)
  • Mexico (12%)
  • Ethiopia (10%)
  • Kenya (6%)
  • Other Western Africa (6%)
  • Syria (5%)
  • Vietnam (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Stearns County


  • German (48%)
  • Somali (5%)
  • American (5%)
  • Norwegian (5%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • European (2%)
  • Irish (2%)

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

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

  • 5,261 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 743 people in nursing homes
  • 349 people in religious group quarters
  • 242 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 201 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 116 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 112 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 78 people in other group homes
  • 73 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 60 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 35 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 22 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 21 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 12 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 10 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill

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

  • 5,881 people in college/university student housing
  • 692 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 657 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 356 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 174 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 149 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 111 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 78 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 51 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 37 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 15 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 12 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $71,260.

6.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,236 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.85%
Minnesota average:

7.10%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.27% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($31,690 average AGI)
1.58% relocated from other states ($10,546 average AGI)
Stearns County:

1.58%
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 Benton County, MN  1.39% ($38,687 average AGI)
from Sherburne County, MN  0.66% ($35,307)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.41% ($62,250)
from Wright County, MN  0.41% ($43,737)
from Kandiyohi County, MN  0.23% ($35,913)
from Morrison County, MN  0.20% ($40,100)
from Anoka County, MN  0.17% ($30,490)


7.56% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,249 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.56%
Minnesota average:

7.17%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.91% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($35,396 average AGI)
1.65% relocated to other states ($10,853 average AGI)
Stearns County:

1.65%
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 Benton County, MN  1.46% ($40,572 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.85% ($43,221)
to Sherburne County, MN  0.70% ($51,642)
to Wright County, MN  0.37% ($53,023)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.25% ($37,087)
to Morrison County, MN  0.20% ($45,205)
to Anoka County, MN  0.20% ($50,525)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.0

Births per 1000 population in Stearns County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Stearns County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.2

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Stearns County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Stearns County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Stearns County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Stearns County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Stearns County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Stearns County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Stearns County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 19,949 (17,019 aged, 2,930 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,867 (5%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (893)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (838)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (580)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (570)
  • Unspecified dementia (513)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (435)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (372)
  • Congestive heart failure (292)
  • Pancreas, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (252)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (251)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.84
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18,224
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 445
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37,099

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,290
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 592
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 15

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 57
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 86

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 25

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 93.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 47.1
  • Suffocation - 21.5
  • Other - 24.6

Household type by relationship:

Households: 157,822
  • In family households: 121,211 (20,842 male householders, 18,018 female householders)
    31,821 spouses, 43,056 children (40,616 natural, 895 adopted, 1,545 stepchildren), 1,974 grandchildren, 696 brothers or sisters, 608 parents, 1,299 other relatives, 2,897 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 28,779 (10,606 male householders (7,777 living alone)), 10,242 female householders (7,833 living alone)), 7,931 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 7,832

Size of family households: 18,313 2-persons, 6,977 3-persons, 8,308 4-persons, 3,288 5-persons, 1,217 6-persons, 757 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 15,610 1-person, 3,640 2-persons, 853 3-persons, 676 4-persons, 69 6-persons.

25,991 married couples with children.
7,026 single-parent households (1,512 men, 5,514 women).

90.7% of residents of Stearns speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (55% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
3.9% of residents speak other language at home (49% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $609,321,000 ($4,320 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $9,596,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $242,595,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $106,395,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $20,765,000
Federal grants: $116,553,000
Federal procurement contracts: $36,979,000 ($621,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $86,033,000 ($1,897,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,846,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $80,721,000
Federal Government insurance: $74,119,000

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

Births: 9,325
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 4,073
Here:

29 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,041
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -276
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Stearns County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 13.40 millions of gallons per day (46% from ground, 54% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.1
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

4.0

Year house built in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Year house built in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • 1,7622014 or later
  • 1,2382010 to 2013
  • 11,7332000 to 2009
  • 9,7291990 to 1999
  • 9,6181980 to 1989
  • 10,7061970 to 1979
  • 5,0121960 to 1969
  • 5,1111950 to 1959
  • 1,7811940 to 1949
  • 7,9931939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • 211 room
  • 542 rooms
  • 7623 rooms
  • 2,8424 rooms
  • 6,2105 rooms
  • 6,8106 rooms
  • 6,7517 rooms
  • 7,2848 rooms
  • 11,0689+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • 1,1631 room
  • 2,2892 rooms
  • 3,7073 rooms
  • 4,1864 rooms
  • 3,0555 rooms
  • 2,0356 rooms
  • 5267 rooms
  • 4158 rooms
  • 5309+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • 21no bedroom
  • 3961 bedroom
  • 7,9512 bedrooms
  • 16,1743 bedrooms
  • 12,6364 bedrooms
  • 4,6245+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Stearns County, Minnesota
  • 1,368no bedroom
  • 4,3491 bedroom
  • 7,7102 bedrooms
  • 2,8523 bedrooms
  • 1,3864 bedrooms
  • 2415+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Stearns County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Stearns County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Stearns County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 770no vehicle
  • 7,7521 vehicle
  • 20,1822 vehicles
  • 8,8753 vehicles
  • 2,8264 vehicles
  • 1,3975+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Stearns County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Stearns County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 2,348no vehicle
  • 8,8791 vehicle
  • 4,8782 vehicles
  • 1,2623 vehicles
  • 2014 vehicles
  • 3385+ vehicles

80.5% of Stearns County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 37% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Minnesota.

Stearns County:

80.5%
State average:

85.8%

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

  • This state: 123,999
  • Other state: 21,974
  • Northeast: 1,323
  • Midwest: 14,671
  • South: 2,898
  • West: 3,082
Year householders moved into unit in Stearns County, MN
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Stearns County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 62.7%Utility gas
  • 16.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 14.0%Electricity
  • 3.9%Wood
  • 2.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 60.9%Electricity
  • 27.1%Utility gas
  • 3.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.5%No fuel used
  • 3.4%Other fuel
  • 0.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.5%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,967
Here:

12.2%
Minnesota:

10.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 625
Here:

8.2%
Minnesota:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4,329
Here:

28.9%
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

Stearns County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $36,617,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,331,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,466,000
    Solid Waste Management: $671,000
    Parks and Recreation: $116,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,725,000
    Police Protection: $4,568,000
    General Public Buildings: $298,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $96,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $17,528,000
    Financial Administration: $14,601,000
    Correctional Institutions: $11,944,000
    Regular Highways: $11,569,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,293,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $7,394,000
    Health - Other: $3,449,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,951,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,019,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,405,000
    Solid Waste Management: $502,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $421,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $8,594,000
    Highways: $2,722,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,320,000
    Natural Resources: $1,960,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $497,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,743,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,925,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,440,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,096,000
    Special Assessments: $798,000
    Sale of Property: $338,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $329,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $83,512,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,010,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $29,642,000
    Public Welfare: $6,986,000
    Housing and Community Development: $998,000
    Other: $572,000
    Health and Hospitals: $256,000
  • Tax - Property: $71,412,000
    Other: $3,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $638,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $136,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $53,081,000

Stearns County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $36,617,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,331,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,466,000
    Solid Waste Management: $671,000
    Parks and Recreation: $116,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,725,000
    Police Protection: $4,568,000
    General Public Buildings: $298,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $96,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $17,528,000
    Financial Administration: $14,601,000
    Correctional Institutions: $11,944,000
    Regular Highways: $11,569,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,293,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $7,394,000
    Health - Other: $3,449,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,951,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,019,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,405,000
    Solid Waste Management: $502,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $421,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $8,594,000
    Highways: $2,722,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,320,000
    Natural Resources: $1,960,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $497,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,743,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,925,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,440,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,096,000
    Special Assessments: $798,000
    Sale of Property: $338,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $329,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $83,512,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,010,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $29,642,000
    Public Welfare: $6,986,000
    Housing and Community Development: $998,000
    Other: $572,000
    Health and Hospitals: $256,000
  • Tax - Property: $71,412,000
    Other: $3,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $638,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $136,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $53,081,000

Stearns County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $36,617,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,331,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,466,000
    Solid Waste Management: $671,000
    Parks and Recreation: $116,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,725,000
    Police Protection: $4,568,000
    General Public Buildings: $298,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $96,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $17,528,000
    Financial Administration: $14,601,000
    Correctional Institutions: $11,944,000
    Regular Highways: $11,569,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,293,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $7,394,000
    Health - Other: $3,449,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,951,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,019,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,405,000
    Solid Waste Management: $502,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $421,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $8,594,000
    Highways: $2,722,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,320,000
    Natural Resources: $1,960,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $497,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,743,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,925,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,440,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,096,000
    Special Assessments: $798,000
    Sale of Property: $338,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $329,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $83,512,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,010,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $29,642,000
    Public Welfare: $6,986,000
    Housing and Community Development: $998,000
    Other: $572,000
    Health and Hospitals: $256,000
  • Tax - Property: $71,412,000
    Other: $3,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $638,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $136,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $53,081,000

Stearns County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $36,617,000
  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,331,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,466,000
    Solid Waste Management: $671,000
    Parks and Recreation: $116,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,725,000
    Police Protection: $4,568,000
    General Public Buildings: $298,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $96,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $17,528,000
    Financial Administration: $14,601,000
    Correctional Institutions: $11,944,000
    Regular Highways: $11,569,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,293,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $7,394,000
    Health - Other: $3,449,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,951,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,019,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,405,000
    Solid Waste Management: $502,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $421,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $8,594,000
    Highways: $2,722,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,320,000
    Natural Resources: $1,960,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $497,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,743,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,365,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,925,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,440,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,096,000
    Special Assessments: $798,000
    Sale of Property: $338,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $329,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $83,512,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,010,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $29,642,000
    Public Welfare: $6,986,000
    Housing and Community Development: $998,000
    Other: $572,000
    Health and Hospitals: $256,000
  • Tax - Property: $71,412,000
    Other: $3,333,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $638,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $136,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $53,081,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,655
  • Number of aged recipients: 254
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,401
  • Number of recipients under 18: 253
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,057
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 345
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 712
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 763
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 28 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 ORIGINATED702$135,057717$145,9223,870$160,509245$67,66514$448,071308$143,53642$48,714
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED23$132,30431$150,806177$155,14730$34,6331$210,00012$153,0005$36,400
APPLICATIONS DENIED53$143,18990$121,867828$162,52990$45,4562$667,50048$156,95831$82,323
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN28$120,25066$131,288634$169,26234$87,1761$120,00036$144,8615$124,600
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS12$118,7506$137,000130$150,1317$51,4290$06$116,5004$50,250
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 26 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED126$157,183134$181,5075$162,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED17$174,41247$184,1700$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$121,81816$185,3751$123,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$104,6677$140,8570$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS7$138,1432$167,5000$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Stearns, MN
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Stearns, MN - Value
Most common first names in Stearns County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,10877.1 years
Mary92082.3 years
Joseph60778.2 years
Anna53685.7 years
William51775.7 years
George44877.8 years
Robert43069.4 years
Helen41580.5 years
Margaret38981.4 years
Frank38479.1 years
Most common last names in Stearns County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson51477.9 years
Anderson34379.2 years
Nelson26278.8 years
Olson23578.4 years
Peterson18778.6 years
Meyer14778.1 years
Miller12978.2 years
Larson12777.8 years
Smith12777.9 years
Schmidt10780.4 years
Businesses in Stearns County, MN
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Lane Bryant1
AT&T2Lane Furniture5
Ace Hardware4LensCrafters1
Advance Auto Parts1Little Caesars Pizza2
Aeropostale1Macy's1
Alco Stores1MasterBrand Cabinets4
AmericInn3Maurices1
American Eagle Outfitters2McDonald's8
Applebee's1Menards1
Arby's3Motherhood Maternity1
AutoZone1New Balance6
Barnes & Noble1New York & Co1
Bath & Body Works1Nike6
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Best Western2Office Depot1
Budget Car Rental1OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Country Buffet1
Burger King4Old Navy1
Caribou Coffee3Olive Garden1
Carson Pirie Scott1Pac Sun1
Catherines1Panera Bread1
Chevrolet4Papa John's Pizza1
Chico's1Payless2
Chipotle1Penske2
Cold Stone Creamery1PetSmart1
Coldwater Creek1Pier 1 Imports1
Curves3Pizza Hut3
Dairy Queen8Plato's Closet1
Days Inn1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Deb1Quality1
Discount Tire1Quiznos1
Domino's Pizza2RadioShack3
DressBarn1Red Lobster1
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes2
Express1Sam's Club1
Famous Footwear1Sears2
Fashion Bug1Slumberland1
FedEx19Spencer Gifts1
Finish Line1Sprint Nextel4
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Starbucks2
Foot Locker1Subaru1
Ford3Subway22
GNC2Super 83
GameStop2T-Mobile4
Gap1T.G.I. Driday's1
Gymboree1T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block7Taco Bell2
Hardee's3Target2
Hilton1The Limited1
Hollister Co.1Toyota1
Home Depot1Toys"R"Us1
Honda1Travelodge1
Hot Topic1True Value4
IHOP1U-Haul6
J. Jill1UPS21
JCPenney1Vans3
Jones New York4Verizon Wireless2
Journeys1Victoria's Secret1
Justice1Volkswagen1
KFC2Walgreens4
Kincaid1Walmart2
Kmart1Wendy's3
Kohl's1Wet Seal1
La-Z-Boy3YMCA1

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