Cottonwood County, MN

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Population

11,437

1.04% decline

Median Age

43.3


Median Household Income

$50,524

6.57% growth

Poverty Rate

15.6%


Number of Employees

5,365

0.574% decline

Median Property Value

$89,400

0.676% growth

About

In 2017, Cottonwood County, MN had a population of 11.4k people with a median age of 43.3 and a median household income of $50,524. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cottonwood County, MN declined from 11,557 to 11,437, a -1.04% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,407 to $50,524, a 6.57% increase.

The population of Cottonwood County, MN is 87.1% White Alone, 7.12% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.82% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Cottonwood County, MN speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Cottonwood County, MN is $89,400, and the homeownership rate is 77.4%. Most people in Cottonwood County, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Cottonwood County, MN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Cottonwood County, MN employs 5.37k people. The largest industries in Cottonwood County, MN are Manufacturing (1,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (988 people), and Retail Trade (570 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,357), Utilities ($54,306), and Public Administration ($51,983).

Median household income in Cottonwood County, MN is $50,524. Males in Cottonwood County, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Cottonwood County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,524

2017 value

± $2,661

6.57%

1 Year Growth

± 8.4%

Households in Cottonwood County, MN have a median annual income of $50,524, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,407 in 2016, which represents a 6.57% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Minnesota made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Minnesota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cottonwood County, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Minnesota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2703

  2. Census Tract 2702

  3. Census Tract 2701

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cottonwood County, MN was Census Tract 2703 with a value of $58,274, followed by Census Tract 2702 and Census Tract 2701, with respective values of $54,241 and $53,388.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Cottonwood County, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cottonwood County, MN (1.74k out of 11.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,202 ± 162

  2. Hispanic

    458 ± 134

  3. Other

    325 ± 138

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cottonwood County, MN is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

5.37k

2017 Value

± 326

-0.574%

1 Year decline

± 8.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cottonwood County, MN declined at a rate of -0.574%, from 5.4k employees to 5.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cottonwood County, MN, are Production Occupations (792 people), Management Occupations (541 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (531 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cottonwood County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cottonwood County, MN, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (792 people), Management Occupations (541 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (531 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cottonwood County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.04 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.55 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cottonwood County, MN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,625), Management Occupations ($64,542), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($63,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.37k

2017 Value

± 326

-0.574%

1 Year decline

± 8.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cottonwood County, MN declined at a rate of -0.574%, from 5.4k employees to 5.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cottonwood County, MN, are Manufacturing (1,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (988 people), and Retail Trade (570 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cottonwood County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Cottonwood County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cottonwood County, MN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,076 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (988 people), and Retail Trade (570 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cottonwood County, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.86 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.98 times), and Utilities (1.87 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cottonwood County, MN, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,357), Utilities ($54,306), and Public Administration ($51,983).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.9B

  2. $22.1B

  3. $19.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $23.9B, followed by Cereal grains ($22.1B) and Nonmetal min. prods. ($19.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Minnesota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$316B

2015 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

53.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Minnesota trade was $316B. This is expected to increase 53.4% to $484B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Minnesota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $24.3B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $25.5B, followed by Iowa with $24.3B and Illinois and $13.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Minnesota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.8% of the population of Cottonwood County, MN has health coverage, with 44.5% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 14.9% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cottonwood County, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Cottonwood County, MN see 1444 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.1% decrease from the previous year (1662 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1043 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,444 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cottonwood County, MN see an average of 1,444 patients per year. This represents a 13.1% decrease from the previous year (1,662 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cottonwood County, MN in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.2%

Uninsured

44.5%

Employer Coverage

17.9%

Medicaid

14.9%

Medicare

16.3%

Non-Group

1.28%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cottonwood County, MN declined by 2.32% from 5.33% to 5.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cottonwood County, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cottonwood County, MN is home to a population of 11.4k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.16% of Cottonwood County, MN residents were born outside of the country (590 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cottonwood County, MN is composed of 9.97k White Alone residents (87.1%), 814 Hispanic or Latino residents (7.12%), 323 Asian Alone residents (2.82%), 185 Two or More Races residents (1.62%), 65 Black or African American Alone residents (0.568%), 54 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.472%), 29 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.254%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cottonwood County, MN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 13.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cottonwood County, MN was 43.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Cottonwood County, MN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cottonwood County, MN residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

590 people

4.46%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

515 people

As of 2017, 5.16% of Cottonwood County, MN residents (590 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cottonwood County, MN was 4.46%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Cottonwood County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cottonwood County, MN was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    9.97k ± 14

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    814 ± 279

  3. Asian Alone

    323 ± 61

In 2017, there were 12.2 times more White Alone residents (9.97k people) in Cottonwood County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 814 Hispanic or Latino and 323 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cottonwood County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Cottonwood County, MN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Cottonwood County, MN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cottonwood County, MN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    346 ± 80

  2. Korea

    81 ± 35

  3. World War II

    49 ± 24

Cottonwood County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cottonwood County, MN was $89,400 in 2017, which is 0.411 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $88,800 to $89,400, a 0.676% increase. The homeownership rate in Cottonwood County, MN is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cottonwood County, MN have an average commute time of 15.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cottonwood County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,524

Median Household Income

± $2,661

4.84k

Number of Households

± 295

In 2017, the median household income of the 4.84k households in Cottonwood County, MN grew to $50,524 from the previous year's value of $47,407.

The following chart displays the households in Cottonwood County, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$89,400

2017 Median

± $3,379

$88,800

2016 Median

± $3,370

In 2017, the median property value in Cottonwood County, MN grew to to $89,400 from the previous year's value of $88,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cottonwood County, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cottonwood County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cottonwood County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cottonwood County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.4%

2017 Homeownership

78.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.4% of the housing units in Cottonwood County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cottonwood County, MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cottonwood County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cottonwood County, MN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

15.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cottonwood County, MN have a shorter commute time (15.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.07% of the workforce in Cottonwood County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cottonwood County, MN was Drove Alone (76.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.2%) and those who Worked At Home (5.93%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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