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

The community of Owatonna is the Seat for Steele County.

Steele County was founded in 1855. Steele was created by taking area from Rice, and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Steele had a population of 36,775 people. This is an increase of 9.19% since the last Census (which gave a population of 33,680 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Steele represented 0.68% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 27th 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201036,576+8.6%-0.54% since 2009
200936,775+9.19%+0.49% since 2008
200836,594+8.65%+0.65% since 2007
200033,680The Last Census

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


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

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Owatonna   24,95822,43411.25% increase  
Blooming Prairie   1,9791,9332.38% increase  
Medford   1,23898425.81% increase  
Ellendale   67459014.24% increase  

Websites for Steele County

Official Website:   www.co.steele.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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