Since its incorporation in 1977, transportation has played a significant role in the growth of this business friendly community. 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.
Population: 25,835 Median Household Income: $89,596 Education: High School graduate or higher, 94.6% Bachelor's Degree or higher, 27.9%