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

9,645

Population
Growth Rate

-0.15%

Median Age

47

Diversity Index

20.000

Housing & Income

Households

4,176

Total Housing Units

4,853


Owner Occupied

2,983

Renter Occupied

1,193

Vacant

677

Median Home Value

$109,973


Average Home Value

$156,612

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.15%


Per Capita Income

2.21%

Income Projection

Median Household

$51,139 $54,598


Average Household

$65,187 $72,713


Per Capita

$28,244 $31,501

Workforce

Total Businesses

489

Total Employed

4,667

Workers 16+

4,677

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

41

Employed

212

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

4

Utilities

Businesses

1

Employed

40

Construction

Businesses

31

Employed

158

Manufacturing

Businesses

22

Employed

788

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

26

Employed

217

Some
High School

484

Graduated
High School

2,241

Associates
Degree

1,071

Bachelor's
Degree

1,010

Graduate
Degree

304

Average Commute Time

17 min.



Resident Commuters

3,328

Non-Resident Commuters

1,299

Drive Alone

3,595

Carpooled

447

Public

13

Work At Home

255