Rock County, Minnesota

Rock County, Minnesota

Infobox U.S. County
county = Rock County
state = Minnesota

founded year = 1857 []
founded date = May 23
seat wl = Luverne
largest city wl = Luverne
area_total_sq_mi = 483
area_total_km2 = 1251
area_land_sq_mi = 483
area_land_km2 = 1250
area_water_sq_mi = 0
area_water_km2 = 1
area percentage = 0.05%
census yr = 2000
pop = 9721
density_sq_mi = 20
density_km2 = 8
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
footnotes =
web =
named for = The prominent rock deposit in the county.

Rock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 9,721. Its county seat is LuverneGR|6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 483 square miles (1,251 km²), of which, 483 square miles (1,250 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water.


Although Rock County contains no natural lakes, it does have a small lake created by a dam in Blue Mounds State Park.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

*Pipestone County (north)
*Murray County (northeast)
*Nobles County (east)
*Lyon County, Iowa (south)
*Minnehaha County, South Dakota (west)
*Moody County, South Dakota (northwest)


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,721 people, 3,843 households, and 2,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,137 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.4% were of German, 23.8% Dutch and 16.5% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.There were 3,843 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,102, and the median income for a family was $44,296. Males had a median income of $28,776 versus $22,166 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,411. About 5.50% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

† Jasper is in Pipestone County but a small part extends into Rock County.


External links

* [ Rock County government’s website]
* [ The Rock County Star Herald newspaper website]

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