Hutchinson is located in McLeod County
west of Minneapolis
where Hwys 15 and 7 meet in the West Central Lakes Region
. The Crow River flows through the city. and a park lies at the Main Street dam. In the park is a statue of the Dakota chief Little Crow.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 12,521, an increase of 1,062 since 1990.