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The 2000 Census showed that Wabasha County had a population of 21,610 people. This represented 0.44% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 45th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wabasha had a population of 21,884 people. This is an increase of 1.27% 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
201021,676+0.31%-0.95% since 2009
200821,873+1.22%+0.51% since 2007
200721,763+0.71%-0.55% since 2006
200621,883+1.26%+0.59% since 2005
200521,754+0.67%-0.21% since 2004
200421,799+0.87%-0.26% since 2003
200321,855+1.13%+0.31% since 2002
200121,787+0.82%+0.82% since 2000
200021,610The Last Census

Wabasha County had 9,066 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wabasha County has a total area<3> of 549 square miles [1,424 km²]. Of this total, 525 square miles [1,359 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (4.51%) being water (24.82 square miles [64.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wabasha County had a population density of 41.16 people per square mile [15.89 people/km²], making it the state's 31st 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 Wabasha County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wabasha and the state of Minnesota.

Click here for the Wabasha County QuickFact (QF-27157).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
GoodhueQF-27049   W45,83644,1273.87%
OlmstedQF-27109   SW143,962124,27715.84%
WinonaQF-27169   SE49,43649,985-1.1%
Buffalo (WI)QF-55011   E13,42513,804-2.75%
Pepin (WI)QF-55091   NE7,2937,2131.11%

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 Wabasha. 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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