Salt of the Earth

Swift County communities blend small-town, rural living with the best of “Minnesota Nice” to create the ideal environment in which to make a living and enjoy your life.  Our hassle-free commutes, friendly neighborhoods, varied career opportunities, affordable housing, abundant recreational choices and excellent schools may astound you at first – but you’ll get used to them.

Our Heritage

Swift County offers a continual celebration of its ethnic heritage and agricultural roots – through festivals, foods and fairs.  Approximately 42 percent of Swift County’s residents have some German ancestry, but many other ethnic groups are well represented, including: Norwegian (33% of residents), Irish (10%), Swedish (9%), English (5%), French (4%), African, Hispanic and Polish (each at 3%).


Among the major regional festivals are Sytende Mai, Appleton Applefest, St. Patrick’s Day, Benson Kid Day, Pioneer Band Fest, and Kerkhoven Town and Country Days. Each of the events attracts revelers who come to celebrate the unique foods, cultures and music of the people who call Swift County home.