About Us


Located along the Interstate 94 corridor, Clay County serves as a major regional center for commercial, industrial, residential, higher learning, and service sectors in west central Minnesota.

Agricultural and food products are the key components of the local economy. As a home to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Buffalo River State Park, Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion, and the Clay County Fair, Clay County offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities for area residents.

Geographically, Clay County is well connected by the interstate corridors (I-94 and I-29), freight and passenger rail service, and Hector International Airport. With a favorable business climate and ample housing choices, in urban as well as rural settings, Clay County is an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.

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Community Resources

As a part of the Moorhead, Minnesota - Fargo, North Dakota metropolitan area (population approximately 200,699), Clay County residents have access to:

  • Four institutions of higher learning
  • Several state of the art medical facilities
  • An international airport
  • Several sports teams (school, college and professional)
  • Arts, music and cultural events
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Clay County Facts

County SeatMoorhead
Census 2020 Population65,318
Area1,053 Square Miles
North / South Length36 Miles
East / West Length30 Miles
Number of Cities11
Number of Townships30
Number of Lakes (Over 25 Acres)110

Clay County Mission Statement

Clay County is dedicated to providing services to the public in an efficient, responsible and professional manner. Services will be delivered in a caring, humane environment. The county is dedicated to providing a work environment where we respect the dignity, and recognize the merit of each individual employee. Clay County is committed to a policy of open government.