Communities Scott County Overview

A place to live, learn, and earn

Scott County, consisting of eight cities and ten townships, is located in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area. The US Census Bureau estimates Scott County’s 2022 population to be 154,520, nearly 10,000 more residents since 2017. This figure is projected to increase to 211,750 by the year 2040, according to Metropolitan Council population forecasts.

Scott County has two major transportation corridors running through the county, U.S. Hwy 169 and Interstate-35, making it easily accessible for businesses and logistics. Our residents exceed the state and national averages for high school graduation rates and college degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, giving us a qualified resident workforce.

2022 Statistics




Median Household Income – Highest Median Income of the 87 Counties in MN


Percent of Population with High School Education or Higher


Percent of Population College Educated (MN 68.5)

Business Incentives & Programs

Our resource library is full of information about incentives to give you a boost in any of our communities across Scott County. With a vibrant, skilled workforce in addition to compelling business incentives and programs, starting or growing your business with us leads to promising futures.

NextStage for Entrepreneurs

NextStage for Entrepreneurs provides one-on-one consulting, small group learning, and access to loan capital for businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Scott County.  This program is provided free of charge to Scott County residents and businesses, and is closely integrated with other local programs aimed at providing assistance to Scott County entrepreneurs and businesses
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Economic Gardening

Companies spend about 50 hours over 8 months collaborating with a research team and participating in CEO roundtables and forums. The best part? All of the fees associated with the Economic Gardening program are covered by Scott County. If you are able and willing to devote time to the program, Economic Gardening may be the answer you’re looking for to take your business to the next level.
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