Willmar is the regional center for both Kandiyohi County and west central Minnesota, offering employment opportunities for a much larger area than Kandiyohi County’s geographic borders. Data provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) shows regular commuting patterns ranging from a 30- to 60-mile radius, with an employment pool of 23,798. This trend allows Kandiyohi County and the regional communities to not only keep, but grow their population bases—allowing citizens a greater choice of communities to call home!
Willmar is 1 of just 16 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in Minnesota as ranked by Policom Corporation (199th out of a total of 543 across the U.S. in 2023) and the regional hub for healthcare, professional services and retail shopping, which offer unique opportunities for businesses locating here to capture customer markets for growth and expansion.
Kandiyohi County is the perfect place to live, work and play. With more than 360 lakes, a thriving arts scene, historical attractions, exceptional school districts, growing job market, easy access to the Twin Cities, affordable housing and friendly communities, there are even more reasons to make Kandiyohi County the destination for your business.