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The 2000 Census showed that Wilkin County had a population of 7,138 people. This represented 0.15% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 78th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wilkin had a population of 6,264 people. This is a decrease of 12.24% 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
20106,576-7.87%+4.98% since 2009
20096,264-12.24%-1.73% since 2008
20086,374-10.7%-1.73% since 2007
20076,486-9.13%-0.37% since 2006
20066,510-8.8%-1.87% since 2005
20056,634-7.06%-1.35% since 2004
20046,725-5.79%-2.03% since 2003
20036,864-3.84%-0.81% since 2002
20026,920-3.05%-0.57% since 2001
20016,960-2.49%-2.49% since 2000
20007,138The Last Census

Wilkin County had 3,105 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wilkin County has a total area<3> of 751 square miles [1,946 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.2 square miles [0.51 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wilkin County had a population density of 9.5 people per square mile [3.67 people/km²], making it the state's 74th 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 Wilkin County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wilkin and the state of Minnesota.

Click here for the Wilkin County QuickFact (QF-27167).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ClayQF-27027   N56,76351,22910.8%
GrantQF-27051   SE5,8356,289-7.22%
Otter TailQF-27111   E56,58857,159-1%
TraverseQF-27155   S3,5734,134-13.57%
Cass (ND)QF-38017   NW143,339123,13816.41%
Richland (ND)QF-38077   W16,06717,998-10.73%

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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 Wilkin. 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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