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

9,579

Population
Growth Rate

-0.26%

Median Age

47

Diversity Index

18.900

Housing & Income

Households

4,111

Total Housing Units

4,835


Owner Occupied

3,060

Renter Occupied

1,051

Vacant

724

Median Home Value

$114,141


Average Home Value

$153,219

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.36%


Per Capita Income

2.35%

Income Projection

Median Household

$52,103 $56,021


Average Household

$69,171 $78,016


Per Capita

$29,857 $33,540

Workforce

Total Businesses

503

Total Employed

4,894

Workers 16+

4,779

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

39

Employed

178

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

1

Employed

40

Construction

Businesses

35

Employed

169

Manufacturing

Businesses

24

Employed

857

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

23

Employed

223

Some
High School

490

Graduated
High School

2,224

Associates
Degree

1,041

Bachelor's
Degree

969

Graduate
Degree

291

Average Commute Time

16 min.



Resident Commuters

3,568

Non-Resident Commuters

1,167

Drive Alone

3,645

Carpooled

433

Public

24

Work At Home

311