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City of Elk River

Demographics

Get to Know Our Community

You’ll enjoy getting to know the people of Elk River. They’re welcoming, enterprising, and assured — not to mention young and educated, too! The median age in Elk River is approximately 34, while more than half of our workforce (nearly 69%) has completed some level of postsecondary education, with the majority earning a bachelor’s degree or above (nearly 30%). Just take a look at the numbers.

Population

Total Population

26,226

Population
Growth Rate

1.30%

Median Age

36

Diversity Index

24.200

Quality of Life

Medical Services

Clinics

  • Allina Medical Clinic (Elk Ridge Health)
  • Fairview Northland Clinics
  • North Memorial Clinic
  • NovaCare
  • NOW CARE Medical Centers
  • Health Partners River Way Clinics

Nearest Hospitals

  • Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids) • 14 miles
  • New River Medical Center (Monticello) • 12 miles

Mail Services

  • Elk River Post Office • 800.275.8777
  • FedEx Office • 763.241.4651
  • UPS Office • 763.633.7050

Financial Institutions

  • Central Bank
  • First National Bank of Elk River
  • Spire Credit Union
  • TCF Bank
  • The Bank of Elk River
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank

K-12 Education

The Elk River Area School District is the eighth largest school district in the state of Minnesota, serving approximately 12,500 students in its nine elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools. Rogers Elementary School, Salk Middle School, and Elk River High School have each earned a reputation for providing outstanding educational opportunities to students through STEM and AVID programs.

In addition to the District 728 Public Schools, Elk River is home to a number of parochial and charter schools, as well as the Ivan Sand
Community High School, an alternative-learning center for grades 8-12.

Lincoln Elementary School
www.lincoln.elkriver.k12.mn.us • Grades: K-5


Meadowvale Elementary School
www.mval.elkriver.k12.mn.us • Grades: K-5


Parker Elementary School
www.parker.elkriver.k12.mn.us • Grades: K-5


Twin Lakes Elementary School
www.twinlakes.elkriver.k12.mn.us • Grades: K-5


Salk Middle School
www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/salk • Grades: 6-8


VandenBerge Middle School
www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/vandenberge • Grades: 6-8


Elk River High School
www.senior.elkriver.k12.mn.us • Grades: 9-12


Spectrum School
www.spectrumhighschool.org • Grades: 6-12 • Public Charter School

In addition to the District 728 Public Schools, Elk River is home to a number of parochial and charter schools, as well as the Ivan Sand Community High School, an alternative-learning center for grades 8-12.

Housing & Income

Households

9,246

Total Housing Units

9,550


Owner Occupied

7,424

Renter Occupied

1,823

Vacant

304

Median Home Value

$259,269


Average Home Value

$286,751

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.32%


Per Capita Income

1.67%

Income Projection

Median Household

$86,947 $93,022


Average Household

$94,184 $102,307


Per Capita

$33,273 $36,148

Workforce Occupations

Workforce

Total Businesses

966

Total Employed

11,952

Workers 16+

12,641

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

2020 Retail Trade Businesses SVG Graphic

Businesses

158

Employed

2,143

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

2020 Accommodation/Food Service SVG Graphic

Businesses

56

Employed

1,685

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab SVG Graphic

Businesses

53

Employed

1,666

2020 Manufacturing Businesses

2020 Manufacturing Businesses SVG Graphic

Businesses

59

Employed

1,421

2020 Wholesale Trade Businesses

2020 Wholesale Trade Businesses SVG Graphic

Businesses

31

Employed

949

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

80

Employed

944

Some
High School

576

Graduated
High School

3,971

Associates
Degree

2,862

Bachelor's
Degree

3,589

Graduate
Degree

1,438

Average Commute Time

31 min.



Resident Commuters

4,239

Non-Resident Commuters

8,350

Drive Alone

10,713

Carpooled

755

Public

200

Work At Home

698

Business Growth

Local Business Trends

  • Approximately 75.6% of businesses are small (under 10 employees), while another 19.4% are mid sized (between 10 and 49 employees)
  • Average job growth of 14.7% from 2008 to 2013
  • Health care provided the largest segment of job growth in Sherburne County, accounting for 44% of new jobs

Higher Education

Higher Education

The City of Elk River also offers a variety of opportunities in higher education, with 19 public and private colleges in the area. Two industry-leading schools of science and engineering — the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas — are just 35 minutes from the city.

Anoka-Hennepin Technical College
www.anokatech.edu • Location: Anoka


Anoka-Ramsey Community College
www.anokaramsey.edu • Location: Coon Rapids


St. Cloud State University
www.stcloudstate.edu • Location: St. Cloud


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
www.umn.edu • Location: Minneapolis


University of St. Thomas
www.stthomas.edu • Location: St. Paul

Transportation

The Convenience of Location

Elk River makes business fun & accessible. Besides being located just 35 miles outside of Minneapolis, we offer a variety of transportation options to make business much more accessible for new and expanding organizations.

  • Easy access to sports stadiums
  • Short ride to arts, culture, and shopping
  • Located on three major highways, including 10, 169, and 101; within minutes of US Highway 94
  • Three airports, one of which being MSP International Airport, within 50 miles or less
  • Freight rail transit via BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, both Class I Railroads
  • Light rail transit via the Northstar Commuter to Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Big Lake and St. Cloud

Highways

  • Interstate Highways 7 miles to I-94
  • Federal Highways U.S. 10, U.S. 169
  • States Highways 101

Rail

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Northstar Commuter Train
  • Amtrak Passenger Train

Bus

  • Northstar Link • 888.528.8880
  • Speco Charter Service • 763.374.2114
  • Vision of Elk River • 763.441.4420
  • Tri-CAP Inc. Transportation • 800.600.7498

Air

  • Anoka County/Blaine Airport • 25.3 miles
  • St. Cloud Regional Airport • 39.2 miles
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport • 49.8 miles

Utilities

Water

Municipal Water Source Wells

  • Storage Capacity: 4,000,000 gallons
  • Pumping Capacity: 10,000,000 gallons p/day
  • Tap Water Hardness: Low-medium level of all substances
  • Peak Demand: 5,000,000 gallons p/day
  • Total Sales: 727,912,000 gallons
  • Rates and Biling: 763.441.2020

Electricity

Elk River Municipal Utilities

  • Peak 61 MW
  • Reliability 99.99% Reliable
  • Annual Energy Sales 270,000,000 kWH
  • # of Customers 9,358
  • Rates and Billing 763.441.2020

Connexus Energy

  • Rates and Billing • 763.323.2650

Natural Gas

Center Point Energy

  • Rates and Billing • 800.245.2377

Sanitary Sewer

Elk River Municipal Utilities

  • Plant Capacity: 2,200,000 gallons p/day
  • Average Demand: 1,200,000 gallons p/day
  • Rates and Billing: 763.441.2020

Refuse/Recycling

Elk River Municipal Utilities

  • Rates and Billing: 763.441.2020

* Provided by the city through contracts with private haulers

Telecommunications

Century Link Communications

  • Rates and Billing: 1.800.244.1111 (Residentail), 1.800.603.6000 (Business)

Windstream

  • Rates and Billing: 866.445.5880

Cable TV

Charter Communications

  • Customer Service: 800.581.0081

City of Elk River Economic Development
13065 Orono Parkway | Elk River, MN  55330
phone 763.635.1000