About Scott County

County Profile

Scott County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Minnesota for the last several decades, with a 16 percent population increase from 2010 to 2020 alone. The 2020 U.S. Census tallied the County’s population at 150,928, which is expected to increase by 50,000 people by the year 2040 (according to Metropolitan Council population forecasts). 

Scott County has a land area of 365 square miles and is bound on the west and north by the Minnesota River. The Minnesota River supported the county's fur trading, lumbering, and farming industries in the 1800s.  Today, Scott County enjoys a growing mix of commercial, industrial, and housing development, yet also maintains its rural flavor.


Scott County is the home to several historical, scenic, and entertainment destinations including Canterbury Park, The Landing, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival, and Valleyfair Amusement Park. After all, we're home to RiverSouth - the Land of Big Fun! 


Great Scott is a perfect resource for finding out what's going on in and around the community, from art fairs and farmers' markets to neighborhood parades and craft expos. Families can also enjoy free story times, classes, and programs at any of Scott County Library's seven community branches and the Readmobile. For those who love the outdoors, be sure to check out the vast array of our amazing outdoor recreational opportunities!

Business and Economic Development

Scott County is a fantastic place to do create or expand business! Whether commercial, industrial, or agricultural, Scott County has the right opportunity for you. Check out Economic Development resources and the Community Development Agency to learn more.