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Wilkin County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 census, the population of Wilkin County was 6,506. Its county seat is Breckenridge. The county is named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, a lawyer who served as Minnesota's U.S. marshal and was later killed in the Civil War.

Wilkin County
Wilkin County Courthouse in Breckenridge
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates:46°22′N96°28′W /46.36°N 96.47°W /46.36; -96.47
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
FoundedMarch 8, 1858 (created as Toombs)
1863 (renamed)
March 6, 1868 (renamed)
Named forAlexander Wilkin
SeatBreckenridge
Largest cityBreckenridge
Area
• Total751 sq mi (1,950 km2)
• Land751 sq mi (1,950 km2)
• Water0.69 sq mi (1.8 km2) 0.03%%
Population
• Total6,506
• Estimate
(2021)
6,395
• Density8.7/sq mi (3.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
• Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.co.wilkin.mn.us

Wilkin County is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN Combined Statistical Area.

Contents

In 1849, the newly organized Minnesota Territory legislature authorized the creation of nine large counties across the territory. One of those, Pembina (later renamed as Kittson), contained areas that were partitioned off on 8 March 1858 to create Toombs County, named after Robert Toombs (1810–85) of Georgia. Toombs had been a member of the US House of Representatives (1845-1853), and US Senate (1853-1861). He became the Confederate secretary of state in 1861; this disloyalty to the Union displeased county residents, who petitioned for a name change. Accordingly, in 1863, the county was renamed Andy Johnson County for Andrew Johnson, who was serving as the military governor of Tennessee at the time. However, Johnson's actions and positions as US President (1865-1869) also displeased county residents, so on 6 March 1868 the county name was again changed, to Wilkin County. It was named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin, a Minnesota attorney and secretary to the Minnesota Territory governor.

The future Breckenridge, Minnesota was settled beginning in the 1850s, and a town was platted there in the spring of 1857. Thus when Toombs County was authorized in 1858, Breckenridge was listed as the county seat. It continued as the county seat through the subsequent county name changes.

Soils of Wilkin County

Wilkin County lies on the west side of Minnesota. Its west border abuts the east border of the state of North Dakota (across a river). The Bois de Sioux River flows northward along the county's west border. The Rabbit River flows westward through the lower part of the county and discharges into the Bois de Sioux on the county's lower west border. The Otter Tail River flows west-northwestward through the central part of the county and merges with the Bois de Sioux at Breckenridge to form the Red River, which continues to flow along the county's west line northward toward the Hudson Bay in Canada.

Wilkin County terrain consists of low rolling hills, completely devoted to agriculture. The terrain slopes to the west and north, with its highest point on the upper east border at 1,250' (381m) ASL. The county has a total area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 751 square miles (1,950 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Protected areas

  • Akron State Wildlife Management Area
  • Atherton State Wildlife Management Area
  • Richard M. and Mathilde Rice Elliot Scientific and Natural Area
  • Rothsay State Wildlife Management Area
  • Sunnyside Township State Game Refuge
  • Western Prairie Scientific and Natural Area

Lakes

Historical population
Census Pop.
186040
1870295637.5%
18801,906546.1%
18904,346128.0%
19008,08085.9%
19109,06312.2%
192010,18712.4%
19309,791−3.9%
194010,4757.0%
195010,5670.9%
196010,6500.8%
19709,389−11.8%
19808,454−10.0%
19907,516−11.1%
20007,138−5.0%
20106,576−7.9%
20206,506−1.1%
2021 (est.)6,395−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 7,138 people, 2,752 households, and 1,926 families in the county. The population density was 9.50/sqmi (3.67/km2). There were 3,105 housing units at an average density of 4.13/sqmi (1.60/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.77% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 1.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.8% were of German and 29.2% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,752 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.

The county population contained 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,093, and the median income for a family was $46,220. Males had a median income of $31,273 versus $20,925 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,873. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Wilkin County voters have traditionally voted Republican. In no national election since 1976 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for Wilkin County, Minnesota
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No. % No. % No. %
2020 2,328 68.57% 1,026 30.22% 41 1.21%
2016 2,129 64.48% 893 27.04% 280 8.48%
2012 1,884 58.47% 1,258 39.04% 80 2.48%
2008 1,786 52.31% 1,550 45.40% 78 2.28%
2004 2,303 65.30% 1,169 33.14% 55 1.56%
2000 2,032 61.48% 1,046 31.65% 227 6.87%
1996 1,508 46.83% 1,319 40.96% 393 12.20%
1992 1,626 46.32% 1,122 31.97% 762 21.71%
1988 1,933 56.08% 1,486 43.11% 28 0.81%
1984 2,367 62.36% 1,410 37.14% 19 0.50%
1980 2,224 54.15% 1,496 36.43% 387 9.42%
1976 1,882 45.79% 2,103 51.17% 125 3.04%
1972 2,292 56.00% 1,739 42.49% 62 1.51%
1968 2,037 48.91% 1,946 46.72% 182 4.37%
1964 1,636 37.26% 2,751 62.65% 4 0.09%
1960 2,340 50.14% 2,319 49.69% 8 0.17%
1956 2,335 55.36% 1,881 44.59% 2 0.05%
1952 2,979 65.39% 1,564 34.33% 13 0.29%
1948 1,700 41.87% 2,291 56.43% 69 1.70%
1944 1,945 51.51% 1,819 48.17% 12 0.32%
1940 2,067 48.65% 2,176 51.21% 6 0.14%
1936 1,278 32.45% 2,428 61.66% 232 5.89%
1932 1,126 30.75% 2,488 67.94% 48 1.31%
1928 1,874 53.90% 1,578 45.38% 25 0.72%
1924 1,342 47.17% 245 8.61% 1,258 44.22%
1920 2,106 75.19% 561 20.03% 134 4.78%
1916 690 44.20% 808 51.76% 63 4.04%
1912 209 14.47% 586 40.58% 649 44.94%
1908 779 53.03% 614 41.80% 76 5.17%
1904 1,103 77.30% 246 17.24% 78 5.47%
1900 812 52.05% 663 42.50% 85 5.45%
1896 631 41.30% 855 55.96% 42 2.75%
1892 434 42.67% 363 35.69% 220 21.63%


County Board of Commissioners
Position Name District
Commissioner Eric Klindt District 1
Commissioner Jonathan Green District 2
Commissioner Lyle Hovland District 3
Commissioner and Vice Chair Neil Folstad District 4
Commissioner and Chairperson Dennis Larson District 5
State Legislature (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
Senate Torrey Westrom Republican District 12
House of Representatives Jeff Backer Republican District 12A
U.S Congress (2021-2023)
Position Name Affiliation District
House of Representatives Michelle Fischbach Republican 7th
Senate Amy Klobuchar Democrat N/A
Senate Tina Smith Democrat N/A
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  14. The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 561 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 56 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 30 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 2 votes.
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  19. "Home". Senator Tina Smith. RetrievedJune 24, 2020.

Coordinates: 46°22′N96°28′W /46.36°N 96.47°W /46.36; -96.47

Wilkin County Minnesota Article Talk Language Watch Edit Wilkin County is a county in the U S state of Minnesota As of the 2020 census the population of Wilkin County was 6 506 1 Its county seat is Breckenridge 2 The county is named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin a lawyer who served as Minnesota s U S marshal and was later killed in the Civil War Wilkin CountyU S countyWilkin County Courthouse in BreckenridgeLocation within the U S state of MinnesotaMinnesota s location within the U S Coordinates 46 22 N 96 28 W 46 36 N 96 47 W 46 36 96 47Country United StatesState MinnesotaFoundedMarch 8 1858 created as Toombs 1863 renamed March 6 1868 renamed Named forAlexander WilkinSeatBreckenridgeLargest cityBreckenridgeArea Total751 sq mi 1 950 km2 Land751 sq mi 1 950 km2 Water0 69 sq mi 1 8 km2 0 03 Population 2020 Total6 506 Estimate 2021 6 395 Density8 7 sq mi 3 4 km2 Time zoneUTC 6 Central Summer DST UTC 5 CDT Congressional district7thWebsitewww wbr co wbr wilkin wbr mn wbr us Wilkin County is part of the Wahpeton ND MN Micropolitan Statistical Area which is included in the Fargo Wahpeton ND MN Combined Statistical Area Contents 1 History 2 Geography 2 1 Major highways 2 2 Adjacent counties 2 3 Protected areas 5 2 4 Lakes 3 Demographics 3 1 2000 census 4 Communities 4 1 Cities 4 2 Unincorporated communities 4 3 Townships 5 Politics 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksHistory EditIn 1849 the newly organized Minnesota Territory legislature authorized the creation of nine large counties across the territory One of those Pembina later renamed as Kittson contained areas that were partitioned off on 8 March 1858 to create Toombs County named after Robert Toombs 1810 85 of Georgia Toombs had been a member of the US House of Representatives 1845 1853 and US Senate 1853 1861 He became the Confederate secretary of state in 1861 this disloyalty to the Union displeased county residents who petitioned for a name change Accordingly in 1863 the county was renamed Andy Johnson County for Andrew Johnson who was serving as the military governor of Tennessee at the time However Johnson s actions and positions as US President 1865 1869 also displeased county residents so on 6 March 1868 the county name was again changed to Wilkin County It was named for Colonel Alexander Wilkin a Minnesota attorney and secretary to the Minnesota Territory governor The future Breckenridge Minnesota was settled beginning in the 1850s and a town was platted there in the spring of 1857 Thus when Toombs County was authorized in 1858 Breckenridge was listed as the county seat It continued as the county seat through the subsequent county name changes 3 Geography Edit Soils of Wilkin County 4 Wilkin County lies on the west side of Minnesota Its west border abuts the east border of the state of North Dakota across a river The Bois de Sioux River flows northward along the county s west border The Rabbit River flows westward through the lower part of the county and discharges into the Bois de Sioux on the county s lower west border The Otter Tail River flows west northwestward through the central part of the county and merges with the Bois de Sioux at Breckenridge to form the Red River which continues to flow along the county s west line northward toward the Hudson Bay in Canada Wilkin County terrain consists of low rolling hills completely devoted to agriculture 5 The terrain slopes to the west and north with its highest point on the upper east border at 1 250 381m ASL 6 The county has a total area of 751 square miles 1 950 km2 of which 751 square miles 1 950 km2 is land and 0 2 square miles 0 52 km2 0 03 is water 7 Major highways Edit Interstate 94 U S Highway 52 U S Highway 75 Minnesota State Highway 9 Minnesota State Highway 55 Minnesota State Highway 108 Minnesota State Highway 210 Adjacent counties Edit Clay County north Otter Tail County east Grant County southeast Traverse County south Richland County North Dakota west Protected areas 5 Edit Akron State Wildlife Management Area Atherton State Wildlife Management Area Richard M and Mathilde Rice Elliot Scientific and Natural Area Rothsay State Wildlife Management Area Sunnyside Township State Game Refuge Western Prairie Scientific and Natural Area Lakes Edit Breckenridge Lake formed by a dam on the Otter Tail River in Breckenridge TownshipDemographics EditHistorical populationCensus Pop 186040 1870295637 5 18801 906546 1 18904 346128 0 19008 08085 9 19109 06312 2 192010 18712 4 19309 791 3 9 194010 4757 0 195010 5670 9 196010 6500 8 19709 389 11 8 19808 454 10 0 19907 516 11 1 20007 138 5 0 20106 576 7 9 20206 506 1 1 2021 est 6 395 8 1 7 U S Decennial Census 9 1790 1960 10 1900 1990 11 1990 2000 12 2010 2020 1 Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 census data 2000 census Edit As of the 2000 census there were 7 138 people 2 752 households and 1 926 families in the county The population density was 9 50 sqmi 3 67 km2 There were 3 105 housing units at an average density of 4 13 sqmi 1 60 km2 The racial makeup of the county was 97 77 White 0 15 Black or African American 0 42 Native American 0 15 Asian 0 01 Pacific Islander 0 49 from other races and 0 99 from two or more races 1 54 of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 41 8 were of German and 29 2 Norwegian ancestry There were 2 752 households out of which 35 2 had children under the age of 18 living with them 59 5 were married couples living together 7 0 had a female householder with no husband present and 30 0 were non families 25 9 of all households were made up of individuals and 13 40 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 2 54 and the average family size was 3 09 The county population contained 27 8 under the age of 18 7 0 from 18 to 24 27 7 from 25 to 44 21 5 from 45 to 64 and 16 1 who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 95 3 males For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 96 1 males The median income for a household in the county was 38 093 and the median income for a family was 46 220 Males had a median income of 31 273 versus 20 925 for females The per capita income for the county was 16 873 About 6 2 of families and 8 1 of the population were below the poverty line including 8 9 of those under age 18 and 8 3 of those age 65 or over Communities EditCities Edit Breckenridge county seat Campbell Doran Foxhome Kent Nashua Rothsay part Wolverton Unincorporated communities Edit Brushvale Childs Everdell Lawndale McCauleyville Tenney Townships Edit Akron Andrea Atherton Bradford Brandrup Breckenridge Campbell Champion Connelly Deerhorn Foxhome Manston McCauleyville Meadows Mitchell Nilsen Nordick Prairie View Roberts Sunnyside Tanberg WolvertonPolitics EditWilkin County voters have traditionally voted Republican In no national election since 1976 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate as of 2020 United States presidential election results for Wilkin County Minnesota 13 14 Year Republican Democratic Third partyNo No No 2020 2 328 68 57 1 026 30 22 41 1 21 2016 2 129 64 48 893 27 04 280 8 48 2012 1 884 58 47 1 258 39 04 80 2 48 2008 1 786 52 31 1 550 45 40 78 2 28 2004 2 303 65 30 1 169 33 14 55 1 56 2000 2 032 61 48 1 046 31 65 227 6 87 1996 1 508 46 83 1 319 40 96 393 12 20 1992 1 626 46 32 1 122 31 97 762 21 71 1988 1 933 56 08 1 486 43 11 28 0 81 1984 2 367 62 36 1 410 37 14 19 0 50 1980 2 224 54 15 1 496 36 43 387 9 42 1976 1 882 45 79 2 103 51 17 125 3 04 1972 2 292 56 00 1 739 42 49 62 1 51 1968 2 037 48 91 1 946 46 72 182 4 37 1964 1 636 37 26 2 751 62 65 4 0 09 1960 2 340 50 14 2 319 49 69 8 0 17 1956 2 335 55 36 1 881 44 59 2 0 05 1952 2 979 65 39 1 564 34 33 13 0 29 1948 1 700 41 87 2 291 56 43 69 1 70 1944 1 945 51 51 1 819 48 17 12 0 32 1940 2 067 48 65 2 176 51 21 6 0 14 1936 1 278 32 45 2 428 61 66 232 5 89 1932 1 126 30 75 2 488 67 94 48 1 31 1928 1 874 53 90 1 578 45 38 25 0 72 1924 1 342 47 17 245 8 61 1 258 44 22 1920 2 106 75 19 561 20 03 134 4 78 1916 690 44 20 808 51 76 63 4 04 1912 209 14 47 586 40 58 649 44 94 1908 779 53 03 614 41 80 76 5 17 1904 1 103 77 30 246 17 24 78 5 47 1900 812 52 05 663 42 50 85 5 45 1896 631 41 30 855 55 96 42 2 75 1892 434 42 67 363 35 69 220 21 63 County Board of Commissioners 15 Position Name DistrictCommissioner Eric Klindt District 1Commissioner Jonathan Green District 2Commissioner Lyle Hovland District 3Commissioner and Vice Chair Neil Folstad District 4Commissioner and Chairperson Dennis Larson District 5State Legislature 2021 2023 Position Name Affiliation District Senate Torrey Westrom 16 Republican District 12 House of Representatives Jeff Backer 17 Republican District 12AU S Congress 2021 2023 Position Name Affiliation District House of Representatives Michelle Fischbach Republican 7th Senate Amy Klobuchar 18 Democrat N A Senate Tina Smith 19 Democrat N ASee also EditNational Register of Historic Places listings in Wilkin County MinnesotaReferences Edit a b U S Census Bureau QuickFacts Wilkin County Minnesota www census gov United States Census Bureau Retrieved April 2 2022 Find a County National Association of Counties Retrieved June 7 2011 Upham Warren Minnesota Geographic Names 1920 p 577 accessed April 21 2019 Nelson Steven 2011 Savanna Soils of Minnesota Minnesota Self pp 57 60 ISBN 978 0 615 50320 2 a b Wilkin County MN Google Maps accessed April 21 2019 Find an Elevation Wilkin County MN Google Maps accessed April 21 2019 2010 Census Gazetteer Files United States Census Bureau August 22 2012 Archived from the original on October 6 2014 Retrieved October 25 2014 Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties April 1 2020 to July 1 2021 Retrieved April 2 2022 U S Decennial Census United States Census Bureau Retrieved October 25 2014 Historical Census Browser University of Virginia Library Retrieved October 25 2014 Population of Counties by Decennial Census 1900 to 1990 United States Census Bureau Retrieved October 25 2014 Census 2000 PHC T 4 Ranking Tables for Counties 1990 and 2000 PDF United States Census Bureau Retrieved October 25 2014 Leip David Atlas of US Presidential Elections uselectionatlas org Retrieved October 10 2018 The leading other candidate Progressive Theodore Roosevelt received 561 votes while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 56 votes Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 30 votes and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 2 votes County Board of Commissioners www co wilkin mn us Retrieved June 25 2020 MN State Senate www senate mn Retrieved June 24 2020 Rep Jeff Backer 12A Minnesota House of Representatives www house leg state mn us Retrieved June 24 2020 U S Senator Amy Klobuchar www klobuchar senate gov Retrieved June 24 2020 Home Senator Tina Smith Retrieved June 24 2020 External links EditWilkin County government s website Coordinates 46 22 N 96 28 W 46 36 N 96 47 W 46 36 96 47 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Wilkin County 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