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Time Zone: Clay County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Moorhead is the Seat for Clay County.

Clay County was founded in 1862 and was created by taking area from County.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Clay had a population of 56,763 people. This is an increase of 10.8% since the last Census (which gave a population of 51,229 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Clay represented 1.04% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 17th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201058,999+15.17%+3.94% since 2009
200956,763+10.8%+1.85% since 2008
200855,732+8.79%+2% since 2007
200754,641+6.66% 
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200051,229The Last Census

More information can be found on the Clay County Census Page for Clay County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Clay County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Clay County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Moorhead   36,80432,17714.38% increase  
Dilworth   3,7113,00123.66% increase  
Barnesville   2,3242,1736.95% increase  
Hawley   1,8801,8820.11% decrease  
Glyndon   1,1761,04912.11% increase  

Websites for Clay County

Official Website:   www.co.clay.mn.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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