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Minnesota Counties

There are eighty-seven Counties in Minnesota. On October 27, 1849 nine large Minnesota Counties were created. Among them were Benton, Dahkotah, Itasca, Ramsey, Mahkahta, Pembina, Wabashaw, Washington, and Wahnata. Of those Benton, Dakota, Itasca, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington still exist as their original name. With the creation of Kittson County on March 9, 1878, Pembina County no longer existed. When Minnesota was organized as a state, 57 of the present 87 Counties were established. The last county to be created was Lake of the Woods County in 1923

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Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Ramsey County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 508,640, making it the second-most populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat is St. Paul, which is also Minnesota's state capital. The county was founded in 1849 and is named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory.

Ramsey County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States

Etymology - Origin of Ramsey County Name

Named for Alexander Ramsey, first governor of Minnesota Territory, 1849-53; second mayor of St. Paul, 1855; second governor of Minnesota, 1860-63; US Senator, 1863-75; US Secretary of War, 1879-81.

Demographics:

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Ramsey County History

Ramsey County was created on October 27, 1849 from St. Croix County. The county was named in honor of Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903), first governor of Minnesota Territory, 1849-53; second mayor of St. Paul, 1855; second governor of Minnesota, 1860-63; US Senator, 1863-75; US Secretary of War, 1879-81. The County Seat is located in Saint Paul

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 170 square miles (440 km2), of which 152 square miles (390 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (11%) is water. It is the smallest county by area in Minnesota. It has been considered completely urbanized since the 1990 United States Census.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Anoka County (north)
  • Washington County (east)
  • Dakota County (south)
  • Hennepin County (west)

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