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The 2000 Census showed that Traverse County had a population of 4,134 people. This represented 0.08% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 87th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Traverse had a population of 3,573 people. This is a decrease of 13.57% 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
20103,558-13.93%-0.42% since 2009
20093,573-13.57%-0.81% since 2008
20083,602-12.87%-1.96% since 2007
20073,674-11.13%-2.26% since 2006
20063,759-9.07%-1.26% since 2005
20053,807-7.91%-1.04% since 2004
20043,847-6.94%-0.47% since 2003
20033,865-6.51%-1.35% since 2002
20023,918-5.22%-1.31% since 2001
20013,970-3.97%-3.97% since 2000
20004,134The Last Census

Traverse County had 2,199 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Traverse County has a total area<3> of 585 square miles [1,517 km²]. Of this total, 574 square miles [1,486 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.03%) being water (11.87 square miles [30.74 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Traverse County had a population density of 7.2 people per square mile [2.78 people/km²], making it the state's 81st 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 Traverse County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Traverse and the state of Minnesota.

Click here for the Traverse County QuickFact (QF-27155).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Big StoneQF-27011   S5,2515,820-9.78%
GrantQF-27051   NE5,8356,289-7.22%
StevensQF-27149   SE9,62910,053-4.22%
WilkinQF-27167   N6,2647,138-12.24%
Richland (ND)QF-38077   NW16,06717,998-10.73%
Roberts (SD)QF-46109   SW9,93310,016-0.83%

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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 Traverse. 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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