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The 2000 Census showed that Goodhue County had a population of 44,127 people. This represented 0.9% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 19th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Goodhue had a population of 45,836 people. This is an increase of 3.87% since the 2000 Census.

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

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201046,183+4.66%+0.76% since 2009
200945,836+3.87%+0.09% since 2008
200845,794+3.78%+0.16% since 2007
200745,721+3.61%+0.6% since 2006
200645,450+3%+0.5% since 2005
200445,229+2.5%+0.65% since 2003
200344,939+1.84%+0.11% since 2002
200244,890+1.73%+0.75% since 2001
200144,556+0.97%+0.97% since 2000
200044,127The Last Census

Goodhue County had 17,879 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Goodhue County has a total area<3> of 780 square miles [2,021 km²]. Of this total, 758 square miles [1,963 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.84%) being water (22.17 square miles [57.4 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Goodhue County had a population density of 58.2 people per square mile [22.47 people/km²], making it the state's 21st most densely populated county (out of 87 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Goodhue County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Goodhue and the state of Minnesota.

Click here for the Goodhue County QuickFact (QF-27049).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Goodhue County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Red WingQF-275362015,68216,116-2.69%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Goodhue County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
DakotaQF-27037   NW396,500355,90411.41%
DodgeQF-27039   S19,77217,73111.51%
OlmstedQF-27109   SE143,962124,27715.84%
RiceQF-27131   W62,72356,66510.69%
WabashaQF-27157   E21,88421,6101.27%
Pepin (WI)QF-55091   E7,2937,2131.11%
Pierce (WI)QF-55093   NE40,08136,8048.9%

The Mississippi River runs along the eastern border of the county.

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Footnotes ...

<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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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Goodhue. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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