Benton County is in a region that is home to a growing workforce. In fact, the region is expected to enjoy continued population growth in the next 20 years. Leading sectors in the region include health care and social assistance, manufacturing, education, and construction. Benton County is also a place that supports a strong and diverse agricultural economy where you’ll find acreage producing everything from traditional cash crops to everyday produce you’ll find on the local supermarket shelves and at the local farmers’ markets. Benton County is even home to Minnesota’s first large scale hop farm - Mighty Axe Hops. Some of their hops are made into beers brewed right here at home in Saint Cloud, Sartell, and Sauk Rapids.

We don’t just work hard though, we also take time to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. There is plenty of room to roam. Whether you’re into biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or any other favorite pastime enjoyed by Minnesotans, you’ll find it here in Benton County!