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The 2000 Census showed that Winona County had a population of 49,985 people. This represented 1.02% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 18th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Winona had a population of 49,436 people. This is a decrease of 1.1% 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
201051,461+2.95%+4.1% since 2009
200949,436-1.1%-0.31% since 2008
200849,590-0.79%-0.22% since 2007
200749,699-0.57%+0.41% since 2006
200649,497-0.98%-0.15% since 2005
200549,570-0.83%+0.53% since 2004
200449,309-1.35%-0.33% since 2003
200249,506-0.96%-0.63% since 2001
200149,822-0.33%-0.33% since 2000
200049,985The Last Census

Winona County had 19,551 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Winona County has a total area<3> of 641 square miles [1,661 km²]. Of this total, 626 square miles [1,622 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.38%) being water (15.29 square miles [39.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Winona County had a population density of 79.8 people per square mile [30.81 people/km²], making it the state's 15th 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 Winona County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Winona and the state of Minnesota.

Click here for the Winona County QuickFact (QF-27169).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FillmoreQF-27045   SW20,83821,122-1.34%
HoustonQF-27055   SE19,24419,718-2.4%
OlmstedQF-27109   W143,962124,27715.84%
WabashaQF-27157   NW21,88421,6101.27%
Buffalo (WI)QF-55011   N13,42513,804-2.75%
La Crosse (WI)QF-55063   E113,679107,1206.12%
Trempealeau (WI)QF-55121   NE27,75427,0102.75%

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 Winona. 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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