Founded in 1855 and home to 125 lakes, the county is situated southwest of the Twin Cities and is considered a part of the seven-county metro area. It was named after explorer, Jonathan Carver and is divided into ten townships that include: Hollywood, Watertown, Camden, Waconia, Laketown, Young America, Benton, Dahlgren, Hancock, and San Francisco. Initially the county seat was San Francisco until it was moved to Chaska in 1856. Early settlers were mostly from the eastern US and immigrants from countries like Germany, Sweden and Ireland. While relatively small compared to nearby counties, Carver is known to be one of the fastest growing counties in Minnesota since 1980.