About Elk River

Elk River Historic Downtown SignSince 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. 

Solar Install at City Hall


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.

DemographicsCity Hall Staff

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

  • 29 developed parks
  • 10 undeveloped parks
  • 1 conservation area

 75+ 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


Man biking at Hillside Park
Metalcraft Worker