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

The community of Wadena is the Seat for Wadena County.

Wadena County was founded in 1858. Wadena was created by taking area from Cass and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Wadena had a population of 13,269 people. This is a decrease of 3.24% since the last Census (which gave a population of 13,713 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Wadena represented 0.28% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 60th 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
201013,843+0.95%+4.33% since 2009
200913,269-3.24%-0.44% since 2008
200813,327-2.81%-0.37% since 2007
200013,713The Last Census

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


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

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Wadena   3,9524,2947.96% decrease  
Menahga   1,1911,2202.38% decrease  
Sebeka   6457109.15% decrease  
Verndale   5275758.35% decrease  
Nimrod   72754% decrease  

Websites for Wadena County

Official Website:   www.co.wadena.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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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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