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

The community of Saint Cloud is the Seat for Stearns County.

Stearns County was founded in 1855. Stearns was created by taking area from Cass, , and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Stearns had a population of 148,955 people. This is an increase of 11.86% since the last Census (which gave a population of 133,166 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Stearns represented 2.71% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 7th 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
2010150,642+13.12%+1.13% since 2009
2009148,955+11.86%+0.8% since 2008
2008147,773+10.97%+0.85% since 2007
2007146,534+10.04% 
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2000133,166The Last Census

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

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

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Saint Cloud   67,14559,10713.6% increase  
Sartell   14,4459,64149.83% increase  
Waite Park   6,8556,5684.37% increase  
Saint Joseph   6,1604,68131.6% increase  
Sauk Centre   4,0613,9303.33% increase  

Websites for Stearns County

Official Website:   www.co.stearns.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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