Steele County is located in south-central Minnesota. The County Seat is Owatonna and the largest city is Owatonna. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.steele.mn.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 36,573 and the 2010 census population was 36,576. The land area is 429.65 square miles and there are 85.1 persons per square mile.
94.8% of the population is White, 2.7% is Black or African American, 7.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.3% is two or more races. 92.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $155,400, there are 14,354 households, an average of 2.50 persons per household. The per capita income is $27,259, the median household income is $56,480, and 10.3% of the persons in Steele County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,689. Retail sales (in $1000) were $543,894, and sales per capita were $14,959. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.4%.
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