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Chisago County, Minnesota

Chisago County is a county located in the U.S. State of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 41,101. Its county seat is Center City6.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Cities and towns


Chisago County is, like many other counties in Minnesota, very influenced by the Swedish immigrants that settled there in the middle of the 19th century. It was here Vilhelm Moberg made his research for his trilogy The Emigrants in the 1950s. His fictional characters Karl-Oskar and Kristina Nilsson from Ljuder parish in Småland settled around the lake Ki-Chi-Saga (which was later renamed Lake Chisago). The heritage of the early settlers is still honoured by the annual Karl Oskar Days in Lindstrom.


\nAccording to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,146 km² (442 mi²). 1,082 km² (418 mi²) of it is land and 64 km² (25 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.62% water.


\nAs of the
census2 of 2000, there are 41,101 people, 14,454 households, and 11,086 families residing in the county. The population density is 38/km² (98/mi²). There are 15,533 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (37/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 97.21% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 14,454 households out of which 41.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.50% are married couples living together, 8.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 23.30% are non-families. 18.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.79 and the average family size is 3.18. In the county the population is spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 32.20% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 103.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.70 males. The median income for a household in the county is $52,012, and the median income for a family is $57,335. Males have a median income of $40,743 versus $27,653 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,013. 5.10% of the population and 3.20% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.40% are under the age of 18 and 8.00% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns

Amador Township\n*Center City\n*Chisago City\n*Chisago Lake Township\n*Fish Lake Township\n*Franconia Township\n*Harris\n*Lent Township\n*Lindstrom\n*Nessel Township\n*North Branch\n*Rush City\n*Rushseba Township\n*Shafer Township\n*Shafer\n*Stacy\n*Sunrise Township\n*Taylors Falls\n*Wyoming Township\n*Wyoming