Legislature House of Representatives House Research Data & Tools MN Gov't in Brief
Counties, cities, and towns represent the three kinds of general purpose local units of government in Minnesota. Minnesota has about 3,287 local government units in total.
There are 87 counties in Minnesota.
- Governed by five- or seven-member elected board of county commissioners.
- Structures, powers, and duties are in law, except that Ramsey County is also governed by its county home rule charter