Elk Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Elk Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 284 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.5 km²), all of it land. The major geographic feature of Elk Township is the Elk Creek which flows eastward into the Des Moines River system. A second and separate Elk Creek exists within Nobles County and flows westward toward the Big Sioux River system.

Main highways include:

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • County 7.png Nobles County Road 7
  • County 14.png Nobles County Road 14
  • County 16.png Nobles County Road 16


Organization of Elk Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on September 16, 1872. The township is crossed by a small creek now known as Elk Creek. It is said that a lone elk once crossed the creek coming close to the house of pioneer settler T. L. Taylor. Taylor suggested both the names Elk Creek and Elk Township.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 284 people, 102 households, and 87 families residing in the township. The population density was 7.9 people per square mile (3.0/km²). There were 107 housing units at an average density of 3.0/sq mi (1.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.83% White, 0.35% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 102 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.02.

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