Stearns County Homes For Sale

Filled with beautiful lakes, parks, and other natural resources as well as modern amenities, there is truly something for everyone here. Find the perfect place for your family and loved ones by looking through our listings of homes for sale in Stearns County today.

Median Home Price: $155,580

Stearns County


Stearns County provides recreational activities and facilities for residents of all ages. From horse trails to scuba diving, there’s quite the variety of things to see and do. Regional parks like Quarry Park and Nature Preserve and Mississippi County Park provide the perfect location for picnics, cross country skiing, fishing, camping, disc golf and more. No matter what recreational activities you enjoy, and regardless of the season, there’s a park in Stearns County that has the amenities you need.


Shopping in Stearns County has everything from high-end shopping to thrift store and more. Major retail centers can be found in Sauk Centre, St. Cloud, while smaller service shops, boutiques, and other stores can be found all over the county. Crossroads Center in St. Cloud is the largest mall in greater Minnesota, and is filled with countless stores like Macy’s, Francesca’s, Express, Journeys, Target. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your home, a family member or friend, you’ll find what you need nearby in Stearns County.


Stearns County is filled with all types of restaurants, from quick stops to sit down dining. Some local favorites include White Horse in St. Cloud, serving delicious burgers, sandwiches, and wraps; Anton’s Restaurant in Waite Park, preparing mouthwatering ribs, steak, and seafood; as well as Charlie’s Café in Freeport with amazing breakfast options served all day!


Environmental responsibility and sustainability are top priorities of Stearns County. With extensive environmental services and resources available to the public including recycling and hazardous waste disposal sites residents and officials alike are working to reduce waste and conserve energy. The County also takes extensive measures to protect native fauna and defend against aquatic invasive species.


Public transportation services are provided by Tri-CAP (Tri-County Action Program). These offerings include schedules bus routes in addition to Dial-a-Ride services throughout Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and Morrison counties. St. Cloud is also the terminus for the Northstar Commuter Railway, providing easy public transportation into the Twin Cities.

Local Government

The Stearns County Board of Commissioner provides policy-making decisions as well as county budgetary oversight. The board is the legislative and administrative authority in the county. The board consists of five members, each elected by their respective county district.

City History

What would become present day Stearns County was established in February of 1855 as Stevens County. Originally named to honor Governor Isaac I. Stevens, the name was changed to honor Minnesota Territorial Councilmember Charles Thomas Stearns.

Primarily a farming area, Stearns County has developed into a higher education powerhouse as well as an agricultural mainstay. In 1860, Stearns County boasted 4,505 residents; today the population has increased to 152,000, with the 4th largest city outside of the Twin Cities’ metro area presiding as County Seat.

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