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Anoka County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Anoka County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Seat Anoka
Largest city Coon Rapids
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

446 sq mi (1,156 km²)
424 sq mi (1,097 km²)
23 sq mi (59 km²), 5.08%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

327,090
704/sq mi (272/km²)
Founded May 23, 1857 [1]
Named for City of Anoka
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.anoka.mn.us

Anoka County is the fourth most populous county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The county is bordered by the counties of Isanti on the north, Chisago and Washington on the east, Hennepin and Ramsey on the south, Sherburne on the west, and the Mississippi River on the southwest. Anoka County comprises the north portion of seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States with about 3.2 million residents. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Anoka County at 327,005 in 2006.[2] The county seat is Anoka[3]. The largest city is Coon Rapids.

One of the state's early settlements, the Rum River which cuts through the county, was a common route to Lake Mille Lacs, the spiritual homeland of the Mdewakanton Dakota. The river was traveled under captivity by Father Louis Hennepin in his first exploration of the region.[4] The area became a center of fur trade and logging as French and French Canadian communities grew in the cities of Anoka and Centerville.[5] Organized in 1857, the county's southern border eventually met Minneapolis and has become a predominantly suburban area following the construction of Interstate 35W. The county is home to local Twin Cities destinations such as the National Sports Center, Heights Theater, and Northtown Mall.

Anoka County is named after the City of Anoka in which is derived from the Dakota word anokatanhan meaning "on both sides", or "from both sides", referring to its location on the banks of the Rum River.[6]

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History

Anoka County was organized on May 23rd, 1857. Anoka was formed from parts of both Ramsey County and Benton County. The Rum River previously divided the line between the two counties. The first white men to come across and walk on what is now Anoka County was Father Louis Hennepin, who was a Franciscan friar, and two other companions. Not soon after, fur traders began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled on the Rum River and more people were attracted to the area. A community was created which is now called Anoka. The word Anoka comes from the Indian language meaning "on both sides", or "from both sides", because many houses and buildings began to rise on both sides of the river.

By an act of the legislature Anoka County was formed from Ramsey County on May 23rd, 1857. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south. It was a small portion that connected to Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional amendment November 2nd, 1869. It later became known as Fridley in 1879.

Demographics

The Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center in downtown Anoka, July 2009

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 298,084 people, 106,428 households, and 79,395 families residing in the county. The population density was 704 people per square mile (272/km²). There were 108,091 housing units at an average density of 255 per square mile (99/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.64% White, 1.60% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 1.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.2% were of German, 14.3% Norwegian, 9.0% Swedish, 7.3% Irish and 5.9% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

There were 106,428 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.40% were non-families. 19.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 34.10% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $57,754, and the median income for a family was $64,261. Males had a median income of $41,527 versus $30,534 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,297. About 2.90% of families and 4.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.90% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 2,106
1870 3,940 87.1%
1880 7,108 80.4%
1890 9,884 39.1%
1900 11,313 14.5%
1910 12,493 10.4%
1920 15,626 25.1%
1930 18,415 17.8%
1940 22,443 21.9%
1950 35,579 58.5%
1960 85,916 141.5%
1970 154,712 80.1%
1980 195,998 26.7%
1990 243,641 24.3%
2000 298,084 22.3%
Est. 2008 327,090 9.7%
Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 47.73% 86,976 50.13% 91,357
2004 46.09% 80,226 52.77% 91,853
2000 46.70% 68,008 47.56% 69,256

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,156 km²), of which 424 square miles (1,097 km²) is land and 23 square miles (59 km²) (5.08%) is water.

Anoka County is made up of large cities. Some of those include:

† only partly within Anoka County

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

County Commissioners

As of January 2007

  • District 1 (western Andover, western Anoka, Bethel, Burns, western Oak Grove, Ramsey, Saint Francis) - Dennis Berg, Chair
  • District 2 (northeastern Andover, northern Blaine, East Bethel, Ham Lake, eastern Oak Grove) - Dick Lang
  • District 3 (central Blaine, northern Fridley, Spring Lake Park) - Robyn West
  • District 4 (Columbia Heights, southern Fridley, Hilltop) - Jim Kordiak, Vice Chair
  • District 5 (southern Andover and eastern Coon Rapids) - Scott LeDoux
  • District 6 (southeastern Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbus, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Linwood) - Rhonda Sivarajah
  • District 7 (eastern Anoka and western Coon Rapids) - Dan Erhart

Topography and Vegetation

Lakes and Rivers include:

Brooks and Creeks include:

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "2006 Census Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. 2006. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?-ds_name=PEP_2006_EST&-mt_name=PEP_2006_EST_GCTT1_ST2&-geo_id=04000US27&-format=ST-2&-tree_id=806&-context=gct. Retrieved 2008-10-22.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "Anoka County Early Years". Anoka County Historical Society. http://www.ac-hs.org/anokaearlyyears.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-22.  
  5. ^ By June D. Holmquist (1981). They Chose Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 40. ISBN 0873512316, 9780873512312. http://books.google.com/books?id=QWBhzg7AQPwC&pg=PA37&lpg=PA37&dq=minnesota+french+communities+anoka+county&source=web&ots=xe6NDuDQMG&sig=vvU1N4eHd9DevIKYIKpZics16ak&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA40,M1.  
  6. ^ By Stephen Return Riggs, James Owen Dorsey (1892). A Dakota-English Dictionary. Govt. Print. Off., Univ of Michigan. p. 37. http://books.google.com/books?id=kKgqAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA37&lpg=PA37&dq=anokatanhan&source=bl&ots=klaI5yKPQ4&sig=uo7IcWinHIDuww0n35ZZ2d3Kmd8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA37,M1. Retrieved 2008-10-22.  
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 45°16′N 93°14′W / 45.27°N 93.24°W / 45.27; -93.24


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Anoka County, Minnesota
Map
File:Map of Minnesota highlighting Anoka County.png
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded May 23, 1857 [1]
Seat Anoka
Largest City Coon Rapids
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 5.08%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

298084
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.anoka.mn.us
Named for: City of Anoka

Anoka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 298,084. Its county seat is Anoka6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,156 km² (446 sq mi). 1,097 km² (424 sq mi) of it is land and 59 km² (23 sq mi) of it (5.08%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 298,084 people, 106,428 households, and 79,395 families residing in the county. The population density was 272/km² (704/sq mi). There were 108,091 housing units at an average density of 99/km² (255/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.64% White, 1.60% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 1.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.2% were of German, 14.3% Norwegian, 9.0% Swedish, 7.3% Irish and 5.9% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data.

There were 106,428 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.40% were non-families. 19.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 34.10% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $57,754, and the median income for a family was $64,261. Males had a median income of $41,527 versus $30,534 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,297. About 2.90% of families and 4.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.90% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

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County Commissioners

The Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center in downtown Anoka in 2006

As of January 2007

  • District 1 (western Andover, western Anoka, Bethel, Burns, western Oak Grove, Ramsey, Saint Francis) - Dennis Berg, Chair
  • District 2 (northeastern Andover, northern Blaine, East Bethel, Ham Lake, eastern Oak Grove) - Dick Lang
  • District 3 (central Blaine, northern Fridley, Spring Lake Park) - Robyn West
  • District 4 (Columbia Heights, southern Fridley, Hilltop) - Jim Kordiak, Vice Chair
  • District 5 (southern Andover and eastern Coon Rapids) - Scott "Canvasback" LeDoux
  • District 6 (southeastern Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbus, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Linwood) - Rhonda Sivarajah
  • District 7 (eastern Anoka and western Coon Rapids) - Dan Erhart

Cities and towns

Cities Townships Unincorporated
communities

† only partly within Anoka County

Lakes and Bodies of Water

External links

Coordinates: 45°16′N 93°14′W / 45.27, -93.24

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