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Houston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesotamarker. As of 2000, the population was 19,718. Its county seat is Caledoniamarker . The United States Census Bureau's La Crosse Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Houston County (as well as La Crosse County, Wisconsinmarker, to the east).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 569 square miles (1,473 km²), of which 558 square miles (1,446 km²) is land and 10 square miles (27 km²) (1.85%) is water.

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Public Airports



Lakes

The following lakes are located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refugemarker.
  • Blue Lake
  • Hayshore Lake
  • Lawrence Lake
  • Target Lake


Adjacent counties



National protected area



Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,718 people, 7,633 households, and 5,411 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,168 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.1% were of German, 29.6% Norwegian and 7.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,633 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,680, and the median income for a family was $49,196. Males had a median income of $32,557 versus $22,158 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,826. About 4.20% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.40% of those under age 18 and 11.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns



Cities Townships Unincorporated
† a small part of La Crescent's area extends into Winona Countymarker

Sheriffs

  1. Matthew Williams 1854-1858 5 years
  2. Edmund Kelly 1859-1860 2 years
  3. W.W. Willis 1861-1864 4 years
  4. J.G. Prentise 1865-1866 2 years
  5. R.F. Judd 1867-1870 4 years
  6. John Phelps 1871-1872 2 years
  7. S.W. Walker 1873-1874 2 years
  8. Mark Hargreaves 1875-1878 4 years
  9. Walter Goergen 1879-1886 8 years
  10. George C. Drawley 1887-1892 6 years
  11. George N. Blexrud 1893-1900 8 years
  12. F.H. Evens 1901-1902 2 years
  13. Jacob Johnson 1903-1906 4 years
  14. C.K. Blexrud 1907-1912 6 years
  15. H.J.Blexrud 1913-died in office after 6 months
  16. George N.Blexrud 1913-1918 5 1/2 years
  17. W.E. Abbots 1919-1926 8 years
  18. Arthur Brown 1927-1938 12 years
  19. Walter Goergen 1939-died in office after 1 month
  20. George V. Kelly 1939-1946 7 years 11 months
  21. Beryl Kerrigan 1947-1958 12 years
  22. Byron Whitehouse 1959-1970 12 years
  23. Jerry T. Olson 1971-1978 8 years
  24. Dennis L. Swedberg 1979-1994 16 years
  25. Michael C. Lee 1995-Oct 31,2005 10 years 10 months
  26. Darryl Peterson Nov 1,2005-2006 14 months
  27. Douglas Ely 2007-?


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