Clearwater County, Minnesota
Clearwater County Building and Courthouse in Bagley, Minnesota.
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
|Coordinates: 47°34′N 95°23′W|
|Founded||December 20, 1902|
|Named for||Clearwater Lake|
|• Total||1,030 sq mi (2,700 km2)|
|• Land||999 sq mi (2,590 km2)|
|• Water||31 sq mi (80 km2) 3.0%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||8.89/sq mi (3.43/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
The Red Lake River flows west out of Red Lake across the top of Clearwater County on its way to discharge into the Red River at Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Clearwater River flows west-southwest across the central part of the county on its way to discharge into the Red Lake River. The county terrain consists of wooded rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds. The terrain slopes to the north, with the highest point on the lower west boundary, at 1,781' (543m) ASL. The county has a total area of 1,030 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 999 square miles (2,590 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (3.0%) is water.
- Bagley Lake State Wildlife Management Area
- Clearwater State Wildlife Management Area
- Iron Springs Bog Scientific and Natural Area
- Itasca State Park (part)
- Jackson Lake State Wildlife Management Area
- Little Pine State Wildlife Management Area
- Lower Rice Lake State Wildlife Management Area
- Old Red Lake Trail State Wildlife Management Area
- Upper Rice Lake State Wildlife Management Area
Climate and weather
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years average temperatures in Bagley have ranged from a low of −5 °F (−21 °C) in January to a high of 79 °F (26 °C) in July, with a record low of −53 °F (−47 °C) recorded in February 1996 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) recorded in August 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.64 inches (16 mm) in December to 4.62 inches (117 mm) in June.
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,423 people, 3,330 households, and 2,287 families in the county. The population density was 8.43/sqmi (3.26/km²). There were 4,114 housing units at an average density of 4.12/sqmi (1.59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.26% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 8.58% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.6% were of Norwegian, 15.6% German, 6.5% Swedish, and 6.2% American ancestry.
There were 3,330 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.90% 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 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.
The county population contained 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,517, and the median income for a family was $39,698. Males had a median income of $29,338 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,694. About 11.00% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.
- Bear Creek Township
- Clover Township
- Copley Township
- Dudley Township
- Eddy Township
- Falk Township
- Greenwood Township
- Hangaard Township
- Holst Township
- Itasca Township
- La Prairie Township
- Leon Township
- Long Lost Lake Township
- Minerva Township
- Moose Creek Township
- Nora Township
- Pine Lake Township
- Popple Township
- Rice Township
- Shevlin Township
- Sinclair Township
- Winsor Township
Clearwater County was long a swing precinct (from 1968 through 2016, the Republican presidential candidate won 58% of the time), but no Democratic presidential nominee has carried the county since 1996.
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