County Statistics

Corn Field

Location & Population

Le Sueur County is located in south central Minnesota, approximately 60 miles south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area. The city of Le Center is the County Seat. The county covers an area of about 467 square miles (298,880 acres). The county's population as of the 2010 Census is 27,701.


Agriculture and related businesses and industries represent an important element of the county's economy. Le Sueur County is a major producer of agricultural commodities in Minnesota. The major crops and livestock species include: 

  • Beef
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Hogs
  • Soybeans

The county also produces significant amounts of hay, canning crops and small grain. Livestock production accounts for 45 to 50% of total farm receipts. In 2012, (the latest data available) Le Sueur County had 1,051 operational farms which produced a total cash income of $224,307,000. In 2015, farmers reported harvesting 18,426,000 bushels of corn and 5,213,000 bushels of soybeans.


Le Sueur County has eight school districts within the county. The school districts of Le Sueur-Henderson, Cleveland, Tri-City United (Montgomery-Lonsdale-Le Center), and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown are all headquartered in Le Sueur County. The remaining four districts of Belle Plaine, Mankato, New Prague, and St. Peter are headquartered in different counties, but have students living within Le Sueur County.