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Located 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Carver County retains its rural character while providing ready access to Minneapolis and Saint Paul. It is connected to the Greater MSP interstate system via US 212, MN 5 and MN 7.
Carver County enjoys a diverse industrial base, with strong concentrations of advanced manufacturing and bioscience businesses. Major employers include Entegris, Rosemount, Supervalu, Lake Region Medical Manufacturing, Beckman Coulter and General Mills.
The county has a high concentration of manufacturing employment. Nearly 30 percent of all 2010 employment was manufacturing-related, compared to almost 11 percent nationally.
2014 Population: 97,338
2014 Households: 33,486
Unemployment (April 2015): 3.3%
Carver County has a high concentration of manufacturing employment. Nearly 16% of all 2013 employment was manufacturing-related, compared to almost 11% nationally.
Carver County is one of the fastest growing counties in the 16-county Greater MSP region. It increased its population by nearly 30% from 2000 to 2010.
• Carver County’s population is expected to double by 2030, topping 141,020, according to the Metropolitan Council.
• The US Census Bureau ranked it among the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Counties in the US” in 2000-2009.
• Carver County supports one of the strongest housing markets in the Twin Cities metro area, outperforming the region even during the recent housing slowdown.
Source: US Census Bureau, 2010 Census
Transportation Growth has been spurred by the extension of US 212. This four-lane, controlled-access freeway has interchange access to key transportation corridors throughout Carver County. MN 5 and MN 7 also provide ready access to the Twin Cities’ metro interstate system. Businesses enjoy quick access to nearby Flying Cloud Airport and MSP International Airport.
Carver County is served by TC&W, a short-line railroad that interchanges with all Class I railroads in the Minneapolis Saint Paul terminal area – including BNSF Railway, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific.
Recently Waconia was recognized by Nerd Wallet as the Best City for Young Families. The article highlighted the significant growth in median income, 43.2 percent and the abundance of outdoor activities offered in their city. Carver County is distinguished by its breathtaking natural surroundings, upscale communities closest to the metropolitan area, and charming rural communities to the west. Pristine lakes dot the landscape. Scenic parks and trails are abundant. Most communities have managed to retain their small-town character, despite their proximity to a bustling metro area. The county is steeped in history and popular attractions – including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. It is home to several championship golf courses, including Hazeltine National, site of the 2009 PGA Championship and the upcoming 2016 Ryder Cup.
|Chanhassen (part)||24,155||Norwood Young America||3,610|
|Chaska (county seat)||24,811||Victoria||8,133|
Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, 2010
Julie Frick, Economic Development Director
400 Robert Street North, Suite 1600
Saint Paul, MN 55101