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Pennington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesotamarker. As of 2000, the population was 13,584. Its county seat is Thief River Fallsmarker .


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 618 square miles (1,601 km²), of which 617 square miles (1,597 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.29%) is water.

Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 59
  • Minnesota State Highway 1
  • Minnesota State Highway 32
  • Minnesota State Highway 219
  • Pennington County 3: Major connector between Pennington County and Grand Forks. Connects with Polk County 21.
  • Pennington County 7: Connects Thief River Falls to the Airport.
  • Pennington County 10: Major gravel route, also known as Pembina Trail.
  • Pennington County 16: US-59 Truck Bypass of Thief River Falls, connects US-59 / MN-1 on the west side of town to MN-32 on the south side of town.
  • Pennington County 27 & 28: Designated and designed for heavy truck traffic connecting US-2 to Roseau County and Marshall County.

Adjacent counties


Pennington County was formed on November 23, 1910, from sections of Red Lake County. It was named after Edmund Pennington, president of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway.


As of the census of 2000, there were 13,584 people, 5,525 households, and 3,552 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,033 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.02% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.0% were of Norwegian, 15.4% German and 7.2% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,525 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.70% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 29.50% 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 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,216, and the median income for a family was $43,936. Males had a median income of $30,771 versus $21,078 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,346. About 7.70% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

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