About Elk River

Elk River is situated where the Elk and Mississippi Rivers converge. Many pieces of Elk River's past remain in our historic downtown and surrounding area. You can see these recognizable landmarks while walking in downtown Elk River. From the settlement's earliest days to present time, it's clear that Elk River's residents, visitors, and workforce value show support for our natural resources, landscapes, and our foundation of commerce and entrepreneurship.

Its location on Highways 10, 169, and 101, along with its close proximity to Interstate 94 and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, makes it the ideal address for outward migrating companies from Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud, and beyond. The Northstar Commuter Rail makes it easier than ever to travel between Big Lake and Minneapolis, with stops in Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, and Fridley. 

The City of Elk River was designated as “Energy City” for Minnesota in 1997 to serve as the geographical focal point for demonstration of efficient and renewable energy products, services and technologies. Energy City aims to provide resources to our residents, businesses, non-profits and builders to assist in developing overall sustainability.

In 2012, Elk River became a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon certified city, helping to connect service members to vital community resources before, during, and after a deployment.

Elk River Water Tower
Downtown ER Evening


Population: 25,835
Median Household Income: $89,596
Education: High School graduate or higher, 94.6%
Bachelor's Degree or higher, 27.9%

Data Collected from the April 2020 U.S. Census Bureau

Quick Facts

1,444 acres of parks

  • 27 developed parks
  • 11 undeveloped parks
  • 1 conservation area

 31+ miles of paved walkways, and myriad of hiking and biking trails

Major Industries

  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Plastics and rubber manufacturing
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing
  • Health care

Solar Energy
Kids Playing Splash Pad
Hillside Park