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Steele County, Minnesota (MN)

County population in 2016: 37,004 (69% urban, 31% rural); it was 33,680 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,932
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,203
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,304
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,195 (it was 2,542 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

27%

Land area: 430 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 86 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Steele County: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (25.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.4%), Educational, health and social services (15.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 47%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 51%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Steele County, Minnesota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (87.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  39.6 years
Minnesota median age:  37.9 years
Males: 18,324  (49.5%)
Females: 18,680  (50.5%)
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Steele County,MN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Steele County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $60,331 ($46,106 in 1999)

This county:

$60,331
Minnesota:

$65,599

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $668 (lower quartile is $515, upper quartile is $854)
This county:

$668
State:

$830


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $165,569 (it was $103,400 in 2000)
Steele:

$165,569
Minnesota:

$211,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $121,646 - $228,893

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $185,479
Here:

$185,479
State:

$258,834

Townhouses or other attached units: $186,465
Here:

$186,465
State:

$207,018

In 2-unit structures: $123,118
Here:

$123,118
State:

$228,868

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $138,662
Here:

$138,662
State:

$191,537

Mobile homes: $26,307
Here:

$26,307
State:

$62,440
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,298
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $447

Institutionalized population: 376

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 10
  • Burglaries: 56
  • Thefts: 125
  • Auto thefts: 18

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 4
  • Burglaries: 65
  • Thefts: 99
  • Auto thefts: 12
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 111 buildings, average cost: $166,800
  • 2008: 81 buildings, average cost: $179,500
  • 2009: 38 buildings, average cost: $140,700
  • 2010: 41 buildings, average cost: $171,400
  • 2011: 25 buildings, average cost: $201,800
  • 2012: 33 buildings, average cost: $190,600
  • 2013: 32 buildings, average cost: $205,600
  • 2014: 45 buildings, average cost: $255,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,892 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,869 (1.2%)

Steele County household income distribution in 2009 Steele County home values distribution Steele County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 8.6%
Steele County:

8.6%
Minnesota:

9.9%
(6.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.7% for Black residents, 19.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 62.5% for American Indian residents, 25.7% for other race residents, 18.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 39.6 years old
(Males: 38.5 years old, Females: 40.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.0 years old, Black residents: 20.2 years old, American Indian residents: 17.0 years old, Asian residents: 23.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20.8 years old, Other race residents: 25.7 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Steele County is $474 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $599 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $754 a month.

Cities in this county include: Owatonna, Blooming Prairie, Medford, Ellendale.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Steele County: Kieslers Campground (A), Otisco (B), Lakeside Country Club (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Steele County include: Blooming Grove Church (A), Immanuel Church (B), Saint Jarlath Church (C), Vista Lutheran Church (D), Vista Evangelical Covenant Church (E), Saint Pauls Church (F), Trinity Lutheran Church (G), North Waseca Church (H), Le Sueur River Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Alma City Cemetery (1), Otisco-Lemond Cemetery (2), Woodville Cemetery (3), Zoars Cemetery (4), Calvary Cemetery (5), Cedar Hill Cemetery (6), Radloff Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Toners Lake (A), Silver Lake (B), Sibert Lake (C), Saint Olaf Lake (D), Rice Lake (E), Reese Lake (F), Reeds Lake (G), Lily Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Silver Creek (A), Iosco Creek (B), Boot Creek (C), Little Le Sueur River (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Steele County include: Mueller State Wildlife Management Area (1), Saint Olaf Lake Park (2), Teal State Wildlife Management Area (3), Waseca State Wildlife Management Area (4), Moonan State Wildlife Management Area (5), Findley State Wildlife Management Area (6), Memorial Park (7), Sportsmans Park (8), Lakeview Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Hancock County, Maine , Brookings County, South Dakota , Fillmore County , Kingsbury County, South Dakota , Mower County , Murray County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.9%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,184
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 25.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,336 (61.3% naturalized citizens)

Steele County:

3.6%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 143
  • 2000 to 2009: 451
  • 1990 to 1999: 413
  • 1980 to 1989: 228
  • 1970 to 1979: 48
  • Before 1970: 125
Note: State values scaled to Steele County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 83.1%

Steele County marital status for males Steele County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 11,680
  • One, attached: 754
  • Two: 511
  • 3 or 4: 263
  • 5 to 9: 208
  • 10 to 19: 604
  • 20 to 49: 597
  • 50 or more: 373
  • Mobile homes: 546

Housing units in Steele County with a mortgage: 7,032 (217 second mortgage, 852 home equity loan, 34 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,932

Here:

70.0% with mortgage
State:

67.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Steele County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant12,19419
Catholic9,2257
Evangelical Protestant4,29821
Other6204
None10,239-
Steele 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: 7
Steele County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Steele County:

4.97 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

6.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Steele County:

6.4%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Steele County:

27.3%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Steele County:

Average size of farms: 314 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $142,327
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $336.13
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 37.27%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $127,921
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 84.73%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $124,419
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.66%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.93
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 31.62%
Corn for grain: 113639 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 550 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 96627 harvested acres
Vegetables: 14,394 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Steele County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 1712009.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 fatalities and 47 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/30/1967, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 6 people and injured 22 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Steele County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% 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 179.0 miles away from Steele County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 188.9 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 307.7 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 298.4 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 282.2 miles away from Steele County center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 474.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 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 Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 18, 2007 to August 31, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1717: August 23, 2007, FEMA Id: 1717, Natural disaster type: Storm, 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 and Flooding, Incident Period: September 14, 2004 to September 27, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1569: October 07, 2004, FEMA Id: 1569, 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 Flooding, Incident Period: March 14, 1996 to June 17, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1116: June 01, 1996, FEMA Id: 1116, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Minnesota Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 06, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-993: June 11, 1993, FEMA Id: 993, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Steele County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

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

  • Mexico (40%)
  • Somalia (13%)
  • Kenya (8%)
  • India (5%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Cambodia (3%)

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

  • German (33%)
  • Norwegian (13%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Czech (4%)
  • Somali (3%)
  • English (3%)

Steele County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 17,913 (85.3%)
  • Carpooled: 1,692 (8.1%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 115 (0.5%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0.0%)
  • Ferryboat: 4 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 201 (1.0%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0.0%)
  • Walked: 286 (1.4%)
  • Worked at home: 757 (3.6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 270 people in nursing homes
  • 155 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 89 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 44 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 31 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 24 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 3 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

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

  • 258 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 177 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 101 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 20 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 17 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 6 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,608.

4.86% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,163 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.86%
Minnesota average:

6.51%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.37% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($24,313 average AGI)
1.49% relocated from other states ($11,850 average AGI)
Steele County:

1.49%
Minnesota average:

1.96%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Rice County, MN  0.69% ($30,176 average AGI)
from Waseca County, MN  0.36% ($44,585)
from Dodge County, MN  0.24% ($26,333)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.24% ($35,833)
from Freeborn County, MN  0.21% ($28,323)
from Mower County, MN  0.20% ($38,138)
from Dakota County, MN  0.19% ($32,429)


5.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,414 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
Minnesota average:

6.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.10% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($24,761 average AGI)
1.69% relocated to other states ($10,654 average AGI)
Steele County:

1.69%
Minnesota average:

2.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Rice County, MN  0.67% ($33,280 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.41% ($28,000)
to Dakota County, MN  0.35% ($41,019)
to Waseca County, MN  0.34% ($23,804)
to Freeborn County, MN  0.29% ($38,591)
to Olmsted County, MN  0.29% ($31,227)
to Ramsey County, MN  0.25% ($37,921)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.4

Births per 1000 population in Steele County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Steele County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Steele County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Steele County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Steele County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,401 (4,811 aged, 590 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 450 (4%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

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

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (324)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (251)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (250)
  • Unspecified dementia (194)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (167)
  • Congestive heart failure (165)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (150)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (147)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (80)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (78)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.84
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,470
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 137
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 23,423

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,410
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 750
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 25

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 54
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 84

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14

Household type by relationship:

Households: 37,004
  • In family households: 30,632 (5,425 male householders, 4,150 female householders)
    7,835 spouses, 11,268 children (10,542 natural, 175 adopted, 561 stepchildren), 652 grandchildren, 118 brothers or sisters, 128 parents, 196 other relatives, 812 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 5,778 (2,299 male householders (1,906 living alone)), 2,536 female householders (2,286 living alone)), 934 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 567

Size of family households: 4,795 2-persons, 1,670 3-persons, 1,893 4-persons, 710 5-persons, 370 6-persons, 152 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,193 1-person, 536 2-persons, 65 3-persons, 38 4-persons, 4 5-persons.

6,499 married couples with children.
2,038 single-parent households (586 men, 1,452 women).

91.9% of residents of Steele speak English at home.
5.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 16% speak English well).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (74% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $137,453,000 ($3,909 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,765,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $67,450,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $26,525,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,644,000
Federal grants: $20,800,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,895,000 ($4,160,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,139,000 ($224,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,258,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $29,388,000
Federal Government insurance: $46,977,000

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

Births: 2,632
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,513
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +482
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +518
Here +14 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Steele County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.62 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.1
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 63
  • 2010 to 2013: 226
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,281
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,835
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,290
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,469
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,581
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,946
  • 1940 to 1949: 619
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,090
Note: State values scaled to Steele population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Steele County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Steele County population
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 46
  • 3 rooms: 83
  • 4 rooms: 762
  • 5 rooms: 1,620
  • 6 rooms: 1,988
  • 7 rooms: 1,651
  • 8 rooms: 1,829
  • 9+ rooms: 2,978
  • 1 room: 156
  • 2 rooms: 233
  • 3 rooms: 751
  • 4 rooms: 863
  • 5 rooms: 754
  • 6 rooms: 340
  • 7 rooms: 125
  • 8 rooms: 133
  • 9+ rooms: 110
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Steele County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Steele County population
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 215
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,832
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,048
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,913
  • 5+ bedrooms: 940
  • no bedroom: 152
  • 1 bedroom: 1,037
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,246
  • 3 bedrooms: 851
  • 4 bedrooms: 143
  • 5+ bedrooms: 33
Cars and other vehicles available in Steele County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Steele County population
  • no vehicle: 135
  • 1 vehicle: 2,409
  • 2 vehicles: 5,215
  • 3 vehicles: 2,138
  • 4 vehicles: 790
  • 5+ vehicles: 284
  • no vehicle: 773
  • 1 vehicle: 1,554
  • 2 vehicles: 888
  • 3 vehicles: 211
  • 4 vehicles: 45
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

87% of Steele County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Minnesota.

Steele County:

86.5%
State average:

85.6%

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

  • This state: 28,395
  • Other state: 6,866
  • Northeast: 281
  • Midwest: 4,431
  • South: 1,288
  • West: 837

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Steele County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (75.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.2%)
  • Electricity (6.7%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.1%)
  • Utility gas (53.0%)
  • Electricity (31.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.1%)
  • No fuel used (5.2%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)
  • Wood (0.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 370
Here:

8.2%
Minnesota:

10.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 47
Here:

2.3%
Minnesota:

8.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 189
Here:

13.8%
Minnesota:

22.2%

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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Steele County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $1,259,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $362,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,065,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $6,851,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $5,428,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,968,000
    Regular Highways: $2,272,000
    Police Protection: $1,775,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,457,000
    Health - Other: $1,294,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,289,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,073,000
    Financial Administration: $1,032,000
    General Public Buildings: $775,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $562,000
    Corrections - Other: $504,000
    General - Other: $400,000
    Parks and Recreation: $82,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,055,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $283,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,410,000

Steele County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $10,827,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,265,000
    Parks and Recreation: $357,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $929,000
    All Other: $358,000
    Highways: $231,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,778,000
    Interest Earnings: $444,000
    Special Assessments: $333,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $30,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,212,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,039,000
    Public Welfare: $2,384,000
    All Other: $2,352,000
  • Tax - Property: $11,816,000
    Other License: $33,000

Steele County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,555,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,295,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,850,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $590,000

Steele County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,260,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,829,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 360
  • Number of aged recipients: 40
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 320
  • Number of recipients under 18: 70
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 231
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 59
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 123
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 155
Steele County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Steele County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Steele County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John17777.7 years
Mary16383.1 years
William15879.0 years
Robert12173.1 years
George10379.8 years
Helen10280.4 years
Frank9980.5 years
Joseph9679.9 years
Edward9478.3 years
Anna9385.7 years
Most common last names in Steele County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson15779.6 years
Anderson12678.2 years
Nelson10379.9 years
Peterson8680.1 years
Hanson7280.2 years
Miller7179.6 years
Jensen6378.9 years
Olson5978.0 years
Wanous3978.0 years
Smith3978.5 years
Businesses in Steele County, MN
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Lane Bryant1
AmericInn1Lane Furniture2
Applebee's1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Arby's1Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1MasterBrand Cabinets3
AutoZone1Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Microtel1
Burger King1New Balance2
Caribou Coffee1Nike4
Chevrolet1OfficeMax1
Comfort Inn1Old Navy1
Curves1Pac Sun1
Dairy Queen2Payless1
Domino's Pizza1Penske1
DressBarn1Quiznos1
Dressbarn1RadioShack1
Eddie Bauer1Rue211
Famous Footwear1Sears1
FedEx4Slumberland1
Ford2Sprint Nextel1
GNC1Starbucks1
GameStop1Subway2
Gap1Super 81
Gymboree1T-Mobile2
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1Target1
IZOD1U-Haul2
Justice1UPS4
KFC1Walgreens1
Kohl's1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1Wendy's1