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in Houston County, Minnesota

Houston County, Minnesota is home to a number of great communities. Whether you’re looking to raise your family in a safe, small town environment, or want easy access to larger metropolitan areas, Houston County has much to offer.


  • City of Brownsville

  • City of Caledonia

  • City of Eitzen

  • City of Hokah

  • City of Houston

  • City of La Crescent

  • City of Spring Grove

Excellent Schools

Houston County, Minn. is home to four school districts, each with graduation rates of 97% or higher. High test score rankings statewide, Reward School honors, renowned athletic programs, and state of the art technology access are just a few reasons to raise your children in Houston County.

Employment Opportunities

Houston County shares an economic development region with Destination Medical Center, Journey to Growth, and Southeast Minnesota Together—all of which are organizations working to prepare for exponential job growth within the next 20 years.

Arts & Culture

Houston County fosters arts and culture through amenities such as its community theaters, summer Music in the Park programs, and organizations like Spring Grove’s Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. The International Owl Center, based in Houston, is another renowned non-profit organization with a global reach. Their work has been featured on Animal Planet and the Secret Life of Owls.

Affordable living

Home costs in Houston County are 15% lower than the state median.

Safe communities

With consistently low crime rates, you can be sure to raise your family in a community where neighbors take care of each other. In fact, in 2018, SafeWise ranked La Crescent as the 10th safest city in Minnesota.

Proximity

Houston County has easy access to metropolitan amenities, being conveniently located along Interstate 90 between Rochester, Minn., and La Crosse, Wisc. This situates the county within 225 miles or fewer of Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Des Moines; Chicago is 300 miles away.

Outdoor recreation

Houston County has a wealth of offerings for exploring the great outdoors. Spend the day fishing our excellent trout streams, hiking at Beaver Creek Valley State Park, or snowmobiling some of the most beautiful trails in the state. Visit the Houston Nature Center, take a ride on the Wagon Wheel Bike Trail in La Crescent, or stroll through Spring Grove’s Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trails.

Stories & Media Features

Life in Houston County

Hello! My Name is Eitzen (SHORT FILM by Max Eitzen)
Around Eitzen · Just for Fun
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Caledonia Hot Air Balloon Rally (WXOW segment VIDEO)
Around Caledonia · Just for Fun
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MinneStory Podcast: Community Involvement (AUDIO)
Life in Houston Co.
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MinneStory Podcast: Jerome Neumann (AUDIO)
Around Caledonia · Life in Houston Co.
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Caledonia Barn Quilts (VIDEO)
Around Caledonia · Just for Fun
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Cody the Buffalo (Channel 4 segment VIDEO)
Around Houston · Just for Fun
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Spring Grove Laundromat (MPR feature VIDEO)
Around Spring Grove · Just for Fun
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MinneStory Podcast: Faith & Community (AUDIO)
Around Caledonia · Life in Houston Co.
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