Olmsted County serves eight cities, 18 townships, and nearly 160,000 residents in southeastern Minnesota. Mayo Clinic and other large corporations and small businesses call Olmsted County home. Our community is innovative, diverse, and growing.
For thousands of years, native peoples have traversed and settled in our general area. Ancient trails have developed into roads and highways. Discovered burial mounds, arrowheads, spear points, and other artifacts attest to occupation here. These people came from Upper Mississippi cultures, from the Northern Woodlands, and Western Prairies. In the last few hundred years, the specific tribes most frequently in our area were the Dakota Sioux, Ojibway, and Winnebago.