Saint Louis County is located in the northeastern part of Minnesota. It is the largest county east of the Mississippi River. It is known for its spectacular natural beauty, including Voyageurs National Park, Superior National Forest, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, four state parks and 1,000 lakes, hundreds of miles of rivers and it is the gateway to Lake Superior’s North Shore.
The population is concentrated along the Mesabi and Vermilion Iron Ranges and in the Duluth area on the western tip of Lake Superior. The major industries in St. Louis County are mining, wood and paper products, aviation, higher education, shipping and transportation, health care, and tourism.