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Scott County

Scott County, which was founded in 1853, is a small-sized county in Minnesota with its country seat in Shakopee. Named after General Winfield Scott, Scott County is the location of the Shakopee-Mdewakanton Indian Reservation.

Like most developing counties in Minnesota, the Scott County Council is primarily concerned with how to manage the growth of the county following the concepts of open-space design, progressive concepts of development as well as how to integrate lots of open spaces and rural lands in their development plans.

Like Dakota County, Scott County is famous for its lakes. The County is the location (in whole or in part) of over 30 lakes including the Blue Lake and Deans Lake located in Jackson Township, Cedar Lake located in both Helena and Cedar Lake Township, Clark Lake located in Blakely Township and Kane Lake located in Spring Lake Township.

Scott County consists of the cities of Belle Plaine, Elko New Market, Jordan, New Prague, Prior Lake, Savage and Shakopee as well as the Townships of Louisville, New Market, Sand Creek, Spring Lake, St. Lawrence, Jackson, Helena, Credit River, Cedar Lake, Blakelev and Belle Plaine.

Population Profile

The 2000 Census shows a total population of 89,498 for Scott County consisting of 30,692 households and 23,970 families. Majority of the population are Whites (93.65%) followed by Asians (2.17%) and a mixture of Blacks of African Americans, native Americans, Pacific Islanders and those from other races.

A great majority of the total households in the County consists of couples (66.90%) while only 21.90% of the total households were non-families. It has a fairly young population profile with an average age of 33 years and with only 6.20% of the total population over 65 years old.

The average income for every Scott County household is also remarkably high at $66,612. The $72,212 average income for every family is also a standout compared to other counties. Only 3.4% of the total population and only 2% of the total families in the County live below the poverty line compared to the 7.9% in the whole Minnesota State. The number of residents living in poverty has been greatly reduced to only 2.5% in 2005 compared to the 9.2% in the State of Minnesota.

With a total labor force of 65,619 (or more than 50% of its total population) as of 2004, Scott County only has a 3.8% unemployment rate.


Scott County used to be covered with hardwood forest before it was logged sometime in the 19th century. It was then occupied by Native Americans whose still have their burial mounds scattered in the area. However, the area began to be exploited by the Europeans in their quest to promote the fur trade.

The 1850s saw the arrival of settlers and speculators (mostly Yankees), who entered the area through the ox cart trails and the Minnesota River. The new settlers (who were made up of Irish, Germans and Scandinavians) farmed their newly found land.

Unranked Cities in Scott County

Belle Plaine

"Belle Plaine Homes & Real Estate"
44.6221480581126 -93.7643456042842


"Jordan Homes & Real Estate"
44.6659251905866 -93.6305324859655

Prior Lake

"Great Lake Community with Cool History!"
44.7147214747511 -93.4424309037872


"Savage Real Estate"
44.7566911760486 -93.370543419624


"Shakopee, the quiet and friendly place to be."
44.7758068277869 -93.4870460497788

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