United St. Croix Valley Legislative Days mission is to become a more powerful voice in Madison through effective advocacy of legislative priorities impacting the St. Croix Valley region of St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties.
"United St Croix Valley has been successful in
raising awareness in Madison of our region and our economic issues. Legislators and our state officials recognize and appreciate the efforts of the citizen advocates from our 3-county region. Definitely a worthwhile experience for all involved."
Chair, United St. Croix Valley Legislative Days
The St. Croix Valley At-a-Glance
Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties are strategically located along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border in west central Wisconsin.
Two of the three counties (St. Croix and Pierce) help comprise the 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA). The population of the CBSA exceeds 3.1 million.
According to population projections released by the Department of Administration (DOA), St. Croix will be Wisconsin’s fastest-growing county between the years 2000 and 2035, growing from 63,155 residents to 148,043 (a numeric increase of 84,888 and a percentage increase of nearly 135%). Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix are projected among the five fastest-growing counties in the state to 2035 (St. Croix 1st, Pierce 4th, and Polk 5th).
The U.S. Census Bureau ranks St. Croix County as the 95th fastest-growing county in the United States (from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007). By percentage change from 2000-2008, St. Croix led all of Wisconsin’s counties with a 26.2% increase and added an estimated 16,547 new residents. Based on new housing units added from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006, St. Croix is the 42nd fastest-growing county in America. St. Croix added 8,274 housing units for a 34.1% increase.
Residents of Polk, St. Croix, and Pierce are known as commuters. Almost 60% of Pierce County’s workforce travels out of the county for a job. In St. Croix, the estimate is 51% and in Polk, the estimate is 33.3%. The most popular destination is the Twin Cities.