Ramsey County is a major county in the center of the Twin CitiesSt. Paul is both the largest city within the county and is the county seat.  Ramsey County was founded in 1849 and was named for Alexander Ramsey, the first governor of the Minnesota Territory. Ramsey county is 170.13 square miles and has a population of 520,152, as of 2012. Cities that are at least partially within the county include: Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

As of the census of 2000, there were 511,035 people, 201,236 households, and 119,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 3,281 people per square mile. There were 206,448 housing units at an average density of 1,325 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 77.37% White, 7.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 8.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, according to the 2000 census.

In terms of people who specified European ancestry in the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, the county was 31.2% German, 14.3% Irish, 11.3% Norwegian, 9.5% Swedish, 7.2% English, and 5.9% French and/or French Canadian. There is also a visible community of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, representing 2.9% of Ramsey County's population. United States Census Bureau.

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