Wilkin County

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Wilkin County, Minnesota

PO Box 219
Breckenridge, MN 56520
Phone: (218) 643-7172
Fax: (218) 643-7167
www.co.wilkin.mn.us

On the central western border of MN, south of Fargo, ND; established Mar 8, 1858 from Cass County; name changed from Toombs County to Andy Johnson County in 1863 and from Andy Johnson County to present name Mar 6, 1868. Name Origin: For Col. Alexander Wilkin (1820-64), an officer in the Union army killed at the Battle of Tupelo. Originally for Robert Toombs (1810-85), U.S. senator from GA (1853-61), who became the Confederate secretary of state and thus angered the local residents. Changed to honor the seventeenth U.S. president, Andrew Johnson (1808-75), but his subsequent political stands also angered them

Area (sq mi):: 751.63 (land 751.43; water 0.20) Population per square mile: 9.10
Population 2005: 6,802 State rank: 78 Population change: 2000-20005 -4.70%; 1990-2000 -5.00% Population 2000: 7,138 (White 96.80%; Black or African American 0.20%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 1.90%). Foreign born: 0.70%. Median age: 38.10
Income 2000: per capita $16,873; median household $38,093; Population below poverty level: 8.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,580-$25,736
Unemployment (2004): 3.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.50% Median travel time to work: 18.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 54.10%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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