SCOTT COUNTY 

Scott County, which was founded in 1853, is a small-sized county in Minnesota with its country seat in Shakopee.  Named after General Winfield Scott, Scott County is the location of the Shakopee-Mdewakanton Indian Reservation.

Like most developing counties in Minnesota, the Scott County Council is primarily concerned with how to manage the growth of the county following the concepts of open-space design, progressive concepts of development as well as how to integrate lots of open spaces and rural lands in their development plans.


Like Dakota County, Scott County is famous for its lakes.  The County is the location (in whole or in part) of over 30 lakes including the Blue Lake and Deans Lake located in Jackson Township, Cedar Lake located in both Helena and Cedar Lake Township, Clark Lake located  in Blakely Township and Kane Lake located in Spring Lake Township.


Scott County consists of the cities of Belle Plaine, Elko New Market, Jordan, New Prague, Prior Lake, Savage and Shakopee as well as the Townships of Louisville, New Market, Sand Creek, Spring Lake, St. Lawrence, Jackson, Helena, Credit River, Cedar Lake, Blakelev and Belle Plaine.


 Population Profile 

The 2000 Census shows a total population of 89,498 for Scott County consisting of 30,692 households and 23,970 families.   Majority of the population are Whites (93.65%) followed by Asians (2.17%) and a mixture of Blacks of African Americans, native Americans, Pacific Islanders and those from other races.


A great majority of the total households in the County consists of couples (66.90%) while only 21.90% of the total households were non-families.  It has a fairly young population profile with an average age of 33 years and with only 6.20% of the total population over 65 years old.

The average income for every Scott County household is also remarkably high at $66,612.  The $72,212 average income for every family is also a standout compared to other counties.  Only 3.4% of the total population and only 2% of the total families in the County live below the poverty line compared to the 7.9% in the whole Minnesota State.  The number of residents living in poverty has been greatly reduced to only 2.5% in 2005 compared to the 9.2% in the State of Minnesota.


With a total labor force of 65,619 (or more than 50% of its total population) as of 2004, Scott County only has a 3.8% unemployment rate.



Scott County used to be covered with hardwood forest before it was logged sometime in the 19th century. It was then occupied by Native Americans whose still have their burial mounds scattered in the area.  However, the area began to be exploited by the Europeans in their quest to promote the fur trade.


The 1850s saw the arrival of settlers and speculators (mostly Yankees), who entered the area through the ox cart trails and the Minnesota River.  The new settlers (who were made up of Irish, Germans and Scandinavians) farmed their newly found land.


While Scott County used to be a rural county, this began to change with the development of new transportation systems and the establishment of new industries.


All the stages in the development of the County can be found at the Scott County Historical Museum.  Incorporated in 1969, the Museum continues to look for historical materials about Scott County with the aim of making known the origins of this area not only to its resident and visitors but to the whole world as well.  However, this goal was sidetracked after the launching of the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project. 

 A Stans Foundation grant in 1994 paved the way for the construction of the museum building and the restoration of the 1908 Dutch Colonial Home which was the home of Maurice Stans when he was still a boy.  The Stans Collection is now under the custody of the Scott County Historical Society. If you have just relocated in the County, a visit to the Museum would give you a better view and understanding of how this society evolved over the years.  It will also provide you a glimpse of various artifacts and photographs of the old Scott County. Among the must-see historical sites in Scott County are the Stans House, the S.B. Strait House located in the Minnesota River Recreation Area and the 1868 Gothic Revival Style Episcopal Church located in Belle Plaine. 

Housing There are less renters in the County (13%) compared to the 25% for the whole state.  Of the total housing units in Scott County, 26,591 houses and condominiums are occupied by their owners while 4,101 apartments are occupied by renters. 

If you are looking for homes for sale in Scott County, you can either scout for licensed real estate agencies in the area or just do your research in the Internet.  There hundreds of real estate properties for sale or for rent including condominiums, foreclosed homes, apartments and town homes.

 The average home in Scott County has been valued at $264,400 way back in 2005.  The average rental for a home then was pegged at $725 while the average monthly housing costs amounted to $1,424.   A condominium in Scott County has an estimated average price of $264,786 compared to the $198,000 price of condominiums in Minnesota.  You can probably get a decent condominium for less than that if you are assisted by an experienced real estate agent. 

The number of newly constructed house in Scott County peaked in 2003 when there were 2,282 buildings being constructed, with an average cost of $177,100.  New house construction (single-family type) reached 1,019 in 2006 with an average cost of $272,500.

 In 2005 alone, an average of $2,362 in real estate property taxes were paid for housing units covered by mortgages compared to the $1,896 real estate property taxes paid for housing units not covered by mortgages.  If you are still hesitant about buying homes in Scott County, you can opt to rent a condominium or an apartment.    As of 2006, a one-bedroom apartment costs $705; a 2-bedroom apartment costs $855 while a 3-bedroom apartment costs $1,119 in monthly rental fees. 

There are a lot of housing choices available to those looking at the possibility of corporate relocation or employment relocation in Scott County and you can be sure that there are people willing to help you get settled comfortably.

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