About Winona County

The name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called “Maiden’s Rock” on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Princess Winonalegend.


Minnesota Top Ten Employers

Employer Service or Product Number of Employees
State of Minnesota State Government 40,208 employees
United States Federal Government Federal Government 34,000 employees
Mayo Foundation Health Care 32,893 employees
Target Corporation Retailer 30,500 employees
Allina Health System Health Care 23,302 employees
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Retailer 20,434 employees
Fairview Health Services Health Care 20,178 employees
Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota Banking 20,000 employees
University of Minnesota Public University 19,157 employees
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Public Colleges and Universities 18,516 employees

Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, 2011


Population and Demographics

Apr 1, 2010 Census Jan 1, 2013 Estimate Numeric Change Proportional Change
United States 308,400,408 315,090,923 6,690,515 2.2%
Minnesota 5,303,925 5,422,060 118,135 0.7%
Winona County 51,461 51,232 -229 -0.5%
    Winona, City 27,595 27,546 -49 -0.2%

Source: Minnesota, State & County QuickFacts, United States Census Bureau


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