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Swift County was home to 9,609 people in 2012, making it the 70th largest county (or 18th smallest, out of 87 counties) in the state of Minnesota. Swift County lost 174 people since 2010, a 1.8 percent decline, while the state of Minnesota welcomed 65,047 new residents, a 1.2 percent increase. Over the last decade, Swift County’s population fell by 2,173 people, an 18.2 percent drop, making it the fastest declining county in the state. However, much of the decline was due to the closure of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, which led to the loss of more than 1,000 residents. In comparison, Minnesota gained 385,000 additional people from 2000 to 2010, a 7.8 percent statewide increase.