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

1,445 sq mi (3,743 km²)
1,310 sq mi (3,394 km²)
135 sq mi (349 km²), 9.32%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

30,000
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Founded March 18, 1858 [1]
Named for George Loomis Becker, a lawyer and politician.
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.becker.mn.us

Becker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 30,000. Its county seat is Detroit Lakes[1]. A portion of the White Earth Indian Reservation extends into the county.

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History

Becker County became a county on March 18, 1858. It was named after Brigadier General George Loomis Becker. Becker was one of three men elected to congress when Minnesota became a state, but since Minnesota could only send two, Becker elected to stay behind, and he was promised to have a county named after him.

The city of Detroit Lakes was founded by Colonel George Johnston in 1871, the city grew quickly with the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1877, an election finally decided that Detroit Lakes, then known as Detroit, was to become the county seat. Detroit won the election by a ninety percent majority. Frazee, Lake Park, and Audubon were also in the running for the county seat.

In 1884, Detroit Lakes had many businesses such as the Hotel Minnesota, the Lakes Hotel, a bank, a newspaper, and an opera house. The first courthouse was built that year also. In 1885, the first County Fire Department was constructed. In 1903, the Soo Line Railroads built a rail line through the county. Only one book has been published about Becker County, "History of Becker" was written by A.H. Wilcox in 1907.

Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 45.31% 7687 52.17% 8851
2004 40.21% 6756 58.30% 9795
2000 36.65% 5253 56.88% 8152

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,445 square miles (3,743 km²), of which 1,310 square miles (3,394 km²) is land and 135 square miles (349 km²) (9.32%) is water.

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Major highways

Topography

Becker County has much diversity in its topographical features. Becker County is home to several hundred lakes, many acres of fertile farm land, and forested areas. Much of the land consists of hills and deciduous trees.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 30,000 people, 11,844 households, and 8,184 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 16,612 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.35% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 7.52% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.2% were of German, 26.0% Norwegian and 5.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,844 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,797, and the median income for a family was $41,807. Males had a median income of $29,641 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,085. About 8.50% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

On ePodunk : Becker County & Becker Cty. ancestry:
German - 31%; Norwegian - 23%; Swedish - 7% (2000)

In popular culture

Becker County is the setting for the 2006 independent film "Sweet Land", though it was filmed in Chippewa County.

Cities and towns

A country road in Becker County in summer
Cities Townships CDPs Other communities

References

  1. ^ "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.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 46°56′N 95°40′W / 46.93°N 95.67°W / 46.93; -95.67


Genealogy

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Becker County, Minnesota
Map
File:Map of Minnesota highlighting Becker County.png
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the USA highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 18, 1858 [1]
Seat Detroit Lakes
Largest City Detroit Lakes
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 9.32%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

30000
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.becker.mn.us
Named for: George Loomis Becker, a lawyer and politician.

Becker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 30,000. Its county seat is Detroit Lakes6. A portion of the White Earth Indian Reservation extends into the county.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,743 km² (1,445 sq mi). 3,394 km² (1,310 sq mi) of it is land and 349 km² (135 sq mi) of it (9.32%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 30,000 people, 11,844 households, and 8,184 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 16,612 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.35% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 7.52% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.2% were of German, 26.0% Norwegian and 5.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,844 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

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

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,797, and the median income for a family was $41,807. Males had a median income of $29,641 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,085. About 8.50% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

On ePodunk : Becker County & Becker Cty. ancestry:
German - 31%; Norwegian - 23%; Swedish - 7% (2000)

Trivia

Becker County is the setting for the 2006 film "Sweet Land", though it was filmed in Chippewa County.

Cities and towns

A country road in Becker County in summer
Cities Townships

External links


Coordinates: 46°56′N 95°40′W / 46.93, -95.67

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