Doing Business in Scott County

Welcome to Scott County!

In addition to being a part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Scott County has convenient access to all modes of transportation, a diverse workforce, friendly business climate and a variety of housing options. Strong schools, countless entertainment options, plenty of green space and endless shopping opportunities help to make Scott County a safe bet - not just for businesses but also for the workers companies hope to recruit and retain.

Take a look at what people are saying about working with the communities and staff in Scott County:

"Scott County has been exceptional to deal with. They have a pro-active mindset and are incredibly responsive. I could not be more pleased with my interactions with the City of Shakopee. Everyone from the City staff, the EDA and the Mayor has been very accommodating to find win-win solutions for the City and our tenants."
- Casey Hankinson, VP of Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

"Scott County has positioned itself well for growth by preparing land and infrastructure for development. It has also been creative and responsive when working with companies to understand their needs and how Scott County can participate with them to meet those needs."
- David Griggs, VP Business Investment, GREATER MSP

"The City of New Prague was very responsive early on in the process to put the financial package together to help navigate and create the roadmap for us, and then through the execution of the project they were incredibly helpful all the way through to help point us in the right direction so that we could do what we needed to do to get the appropriate approvals and those kinds of things."
- Bruce Lyman, VP Facilities and Business Development, Chart Industries, Inc.


New Employers and Major Expansions in Scott County 2015 - 2016

Employer Products/Services
Amazon Electronic Shopping
Amerisource Bergen Pharmaceuticals
Elander Mechanical Plumbing & HVAC Contractors
Hy-Vee Supermarket/Grocery
Polaris Recreational Vehicles
Rahr Corporation Other Grocery and Related Products Merchant Wholesaler

Scott County Regional Labor Market Information (Updated Feb. 2017)

* Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development - Regional Labor Market Information (LMI)

  Period County Planning Region State County Rank
(Out of 87
MN Counties)
Population Annual 2015 141,660 3,012,117 5,489,594 9
Population Change Annual 2015 2,190 26,276 32,469 9
Working Age (18-64) population (% of total) Annual 2014 61.90% 63.90% 62.20% 17
Population (> 24) with more than a HS diploma (%) 2010-2015 5-Year Estimate 94.60% 92.80% 92.30% 5
Labor Force December 2016 78,384 1,638,954 2,977,719 9
Per capita income (dollars) 2010-2014 5-Year Estimate $35,690 $34,593 $31,642 5
Employment, Annual Average Annual 2015 45,274 1,675,386 2,774,450 9
Employment, Quarter Average Q3, 2016 49,507 1,709,539 2,835,325 9
Employment Change from Year Prior Q3, 2016 2,860 28,934 43,705  
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 2010-2014 5-Year Estimate 26.4 25.0 23.0 9
Projected Employment Change (#) 2024 Projections N/A 79,931 130,000 N/A
Projected Employment Change (%) 2024 Projections N/A 4.4% 4.3%  N/A
Number Unemployed December, 2016 2,680 55,856 120,589  79
Unemployment Rate December, 2016 3.4% 3.4% 4.0% 9
Population (18-64) below poverty (%) 2010-2014 5-Year Estimate 5.1% 9.9% 11.0% 86
Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance January, 2017 434 9,490 22,142  78
Initial Claims Change from Year Prior January, 2017 -14% -3% -7% 29
Job Vacancies Q2, 2016 N/A 53,984 97,580  N/A
Average Weekly Wage Annual 2015 $897 $1,160 $1,030 8
Median Hourly Wage for All Employees Q1, 2016 N/A $20.79 $18.88  N/A

Making Informed Decisions

The information contained on this website is intended to provide you with a broad range of data regarding different aspects of doing business in our communities. Please note that this information presented on the Scott County First Stop Shop (FSS) website is based on the cited data provided by reliable sources, such as the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

If there is additional information you are looking for or you'd like a more detailed report, please feel free to contact the FSS and we will be happy to help you.