Mahnomen County, Minnesota

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Mahnomen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 5,190. Its county seat is Mahnomen[1]. The entire county is part of the White Earth Indian Reservation [2]. It is the only county in Minnesota entirely within an Indian reservation. The county, along with East Polk and Becker County, are one of the biggest cattle-raising areas in the northwestern part of Minnesota.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km²), of which 556 square miles (1,440 km²) is land and 27 square miles (70 km²) (4.61%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,190 people, 1,969 households, and 1,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,700 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.85% White (3262 people) 0.13% Black or African American (7 people), 28.55% Native American (1482 people), 0.06% Asian (3 people), 0.31% from other races (16 people), and 8.09% (420 people) from two or more races. 0.89% of the population (46 people) were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.4% (1525 people) were of German and 17.0% (882 people) Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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