Swift County Profile

In and Around Swift County

Swift County is located in the west central part of Minnesota with an approximate population of 11,000. Swift County is primarily an agriculture community. Besides farming, our county is home to agriculture equipment manufacturers, an ethanol plant, and the new Fibromin Plant which burns turkey litter to create electricity.

Swift County was established February 18th, 1870. This county was named after Henry Adoniram Swift, the governor of Minnesota in 1863. The Swift County Courthouse was built in 1897 and was declared a national historic site in 1976. The City of Benson is the County seat of Swift County. The railroad tracks run through the center of the town of Benson and divide the downtown business districts with parks on each side of the tracks.

Communities

Swift County

Population

Total Population

9,483

Population
Growth Rate

-0.28%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

20.600

Housing & Income

Households

4,103

Total Housing Units

4,858


Owner Occupied

3,016

Renter Occupied

1,087

Vacant

755

Median Home Value

$138,225


Average Home Value

$184,856

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.28%


Per Capita Income

1.79%

Income Projection

Median Household

$53,276 $56,982


Average Household

$71,492 $78,127


Per Capita

$30,954 $33,820

Workforce

Total Businesses

473

Total Employed

4,052

Workers 16+

4,704

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

27

Employed

542

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

16

Employed

492

2021 Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt

cp-industries

Businesses

13

Employed

383

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

53

Employed

364

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

40

Employed

348

2021 Manufacturing Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

21

Employed

330

Some
High School

395

Graduated
High School

2,088

Associates
Degree

1,160

Bachelor's
Degree

1,164

Graduate
Degree

285

Average Commute Time

19 min.



Resident Commuters

3,243

Non-Resident Commuters

1,389

Drive Alone

3,650

Carpooled

462

Public

15

Work At Home

297