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Goodhue County is full of colorful communities

Goodhue County is full of colorful communities
The Central Park bandshell in Red Wing was completed in June 2009.

A thriving center for tourism, medical care, industry, technology and agriculture, the ten communities that make up Goodhue County all have individual histories and interesting attributes.

Many are located along the winding Mississippi River and yet others are located miles inland, but they share a common denominator; rolling hills and lush green valleys, acres of farm lands and woods, the perfect Southeastern Minnesota landscape.

Located between the Twin Cities to the north and Rochester to the south, the communities are easily within driving distance of both. Sixteen lakes are within the county as well as numerous businesses and manufacturing plants. Much of Prairie Island Reservation is located within the county. Red Wing (the county seat) is a well known historic tourism destination. Red Wing Shoes has the largest boot and corporate museum in the nation. Cannon Falls welcomes bikers and hikers to their Cannon Valley Trail. A recent addition to Zumbrota is the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

"I lived many different places but returned to my home town to realize my dream," said Marie Marvin, who opened her business ten years ago. "Zumbrota’s old library, where I went as a child, is the perfect home for Crossings at Carnegi"

Unique to the area is the Boulevard of Roses in Kenyon. Optimism abounds in Wanamingo with the establishment of an industrial park, perfect for small businesses. Bellchester, Dennison, Goodhue, Lake City, and Pine Island, are the other communities in Goodhue County which are located within the 780 square mi


Population: 45,836.

People under 18:23.9 percent.

People under 65:15.7 percent.

Language other than English spoken at home:3.2 percent.

Mean travel time to work, workers age 16 and over:21.3 minutes.

Housing units:20,155.


Average number of people per household:2.53.


Median household income:$54,697.

Major employers:Red Wing Shoes, Fairview Hospital, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Xcel Energy, Dairy Farmers of America.

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