Largest Counties in Minnesota

Rank County Population County Seat Established Area (km2) Density
1 Hennepin County 1,152,414 Minneapolis 1852 1,442 799.18
2 Ramsey County 508,629 Saint Paul 1849 403 1,262.11
3 Dakota County 398,541 Hastings 1849 1,475 270.2
4 Anoka County 330,833 Anoka 1857 1,097 301.58
5 Washington County 238,125 Stillwater 1849 1,014 234.84
6 Saint Louis County 200,215 Duluth 1855 16,123 12.42
7 Stearns County 150,631 Saint Cloud 1855 3,482 43.26
8 Olmsted County 144,237 Rochester 1855 1,691 85.3
9 Scott County 129,917 Shakopee 1853 924 140.6
10 Wright County 124,689 Buffalo 1855 1,711 72.87
11 Carver County 91,031 Chaska 1855 925 98.41
12 Sherburne County 88,488 Elk River 1856 1,130 78.31
13 Rice County 64,131 Faribault 1853 1,289 49.75
14 Blue Earth County 64,002 Mankato 1853 1,949 32.84
15 Crow Wing County 62,489 Brainerd 1857 2,581 24.21
16 Clay County 58,988 Moorhead 1862 2,707 21.79
17 Otter Tail County 57,292 Fergus Falls 1858 5,127 11.17
18 Chisago County 53,876 Center City 1851 1,082 49.79
19 Winona County 51,450 Winona 1854 1,622 31.72
20 Goodhue County 46,172 Red Wing 1853 1,964 23.51
21 Itasca County 45,047 Grand Rapids 1849 6,902 6.53
22 Beltrami County 44,431 Bemidji 1866 6,489 6.85
23 Kandiyohi County 42,228 Willmar 1858 2,062 20.48
24 Mower County 39,152 Austin 1855 1,843 21.24
25 Benton County 38,440 Foley 1849 1,057 36.37
26 Isanti County 37,805 Cambridge 1857 1,137 33.25
27 McLeod County 36,640 Glencoe 1856 1,274 28.76
28 Steele County 36,565 Owatonna 1855 1,113 32.85
29 Douglas County 35,998 Alexandria 1858 1,643 21.91
30 Carlton County 35,375 Carlton 1857 2,228 15.88
31 Morrison County 33,187 Little Falls 1856 2,912 11.4
32 Nicollet County 32,716 Saint Peter 1853 1,171 27.94
33 Becker County 32,493 Detroit Lakes 1858 3,394 9.57
34 Polk County 31,589 Crookston 1858 5,103 6.19
35 Freeborn County 31,244 Albert Lea 1855 1,833 17.05
36 Pine County 29,739 Pine City 1856 3,655 8.14
37 Cass County 28,556 Walker 1851 5,226 5.46
38 Le Sueur County 27,692 Le Center 1853 1,162 23.83
39 Mille Lacs County 26,086 Milaca 1857 1,488 17.53
40 Brown County 25,882 New Ulm 1855 1,582 16.36
41 Lyon County 25,846 Marshall 1871 1,850 13.97
42 Todd County 24,884 Long Prairie 1855 2,440 10.2
43 Meeker County 23,289 Litchfield 1856 1,576 14.78
44 Wabasha County 21,665 Wabasha 1849 1,360 15.93
45 Nobles County 21,367 Worthington 1857 1,853 11.53
46 Fillmore County 20,855 Preston 1853 2,231 9.35
47 Martin County 20,829 Fairmont 1857 1,837 11.34
48 Hubbard County 20,417 Park Rapids 1883 2,389 8.55
49 Dodge County 20,076 Mantorville 1855 1,138 17.64
50 Waseca County 19,125 Waseca 1857 1,096 17.45
51 Houston County 19,016 Caledonia 1854 1,446 13.15
52 Kanabec County 16,228 Mora 1858 1,360 11.93
53 Aitkin County 16,191 Aitkin 1857 4,712 3.44
54 Redwood County 16,048 Redwood Falls 1862 2,278 7.04
55 Renville County 15,719 Olivia 1855 2,546 6.17
56 Roseau County 15,618 Roseau 1894 4,306 3.63
57 Sibley County 15,215 Gaylord 1853 1,525 9.98
58 Faribault County 14,542 Blue Earth 1855 1,848 7.87
59 Pennington County 13,919 Thief River falls 1910 1,597 8.72
60 Wadena County 13,832 Wadena 1858 1,386 9.98
61 Koochiching County 13,300 International Falls 1906 8,035 1.66
62 Chippewa County 12,430 Montevideo 1870 1,509 8.24
63 Cottonwood County 11,676 Windom 1857 1,658 7.04
64 Watonwan County 11,200 Saint James 1860 1,125 9.96
65 Pope County 10,984 Glenwood 1862 1,736 6.33
66 Lake County 10,855 Two Harbors 1856 5,437 2
67 Yellow Medicine County 10,427 Granite Falls 1871 1,963 5.31
68 Jackson County 10,255 Jackson 1857 1,817 5.64
69 Swift County 9,772 Benson 1870 1,926 5.07
70 Stevens County 9,715 Morris 1862 1,456 6.67
71 Rock County 9,676 Luverne 1857 1,250 7.74
72 Pipestone County 9,585 Pipestone 1857 1,207 7.94
73 Marshall County 9,428 Warren 1879 4,590 2.05
74 Murray County 8,714 Slayton 1857 1,824 4.78
75 Clearwater County 8,684 Bagley 1902 2,576 3.37
76 Lac qui Parle County 7,248 Madison 1871 1,981 3.66
77 Norman County 6,841 Ada 1881 2,270 3.01
78 Wilkin County 6,565 Breckenridge 1858 1,946 3.37
79 Grant County 6,007 Elbow Lake 1868 1,415 4.25
80 Lincoln County 5,885 Ivanhoe 1873 1,391 4.23
81 Mahnomen County 5,402 Mahnomen 1906 1,440 3.75
82 Big Stone County 5,258 Ortonville 1862 1,287 4.09
83 Cook County 5,165 Grand Marais 1874 3,757 1.37
84 Kittson County 4,541 Hallock 1879 2,841 1.6
85 Red Lake County 4,078 Red Lake falls 1896 1,120 3.64
86 Lake of the Woods County 4,034 Baudette 1923 3,358 1.2
87 Traverse County 3,547 Wheaton 1862 1,487 2.39

Largest Counties in Minnesota

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