- Koochiching County, Minnesota
Infobox U.S. County
county = Koochiching County
state = Minnesota
founded year = 1906 [http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/govseries/No32.htm]
founded date = December 19
seat wl = International Falls
largest city wl = International Falls
area_total_sq_mi = 3154
area_total_km2 = 8170
area_land_sq_mi = 3102
area_land_km2 = 8035
area_water_sq_mi = 52
area_water_km2 = 135
area percentage = 1.65%
census yr = 2000
pop = 14355
density_sq_mi = 4.627
density_km2 = 1.7865
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
web = www.co.koochiching.mn.us
named for = Koochiching is an
Ojibwayword meaning "neighbor lake and river" for Rainy Lakeand Rainy River.
Koochiching County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 14,355. Its county seatis International FallsGR|6. A portion of the Bois Forte Indian Reservationis in the county. A small part of Voyageurs National Parkextends into its northeast corner.
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,154 square miles (8,170 km²), of which, 3,102 square miles (8,035 km²) of it is land and 52 square miles (135 km²) of it (1.65%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 14,355 people, 6,040 households, and 3,962 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 7,719 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.12% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 2.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.2% were of Norwegian, 19.8% German, 12.3% Swedish and 7.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 6,040 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 30.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,262, and the median income for a family was $43,608. Males had a median income of $40,642 versus $22,261 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $19,167. About 8.40% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.
Koochiching is unique in Minnesota, in the sense that there are no organized
civil townshipgovernments within the county. Survey townships, as defined by the Public Land Survey Systemexist but none are organized. Six city governments have been created, and the rest of the county consists of unorganized territories.
Koochiching County is the location of the fictional town of
Frostbite Falls, the home of the animated characters Rocky and Bullwinkle. Frostbite Falls is widely assumed to have been named in honor of International Falls.
* [http://www.co.koochiching.mn.us/ County website]
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