Regional Profile

Anoka County is a place where businesses may access all of what the Twin Cities has to offer, but without the expense and hassle of being in a densely populated urban core. Our robust manufacturing sector is enhanced by growing, innovative industries, such as medical devices, plastics, and precision instruments. Along with being in a close proximity to a major Midwestern city, businesses are drawn to our skilled labor force with renowned productivity and work ethic, lower labor costs, lower manufacturing tax burdens, and other attractive assets. Anoka County offers livable, lower-cost access to the Minneapolis/St. Paul MSA – we’re positioned for success!

Cities Within Eight Hours of Anoka County

  • Chicago, IL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Duluth, MN
  • Fargo, ND
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cities in Anoka County

  • Andover
  • Anoka
  • Bethel
  • Blaine
  • Centerville
  • Circle Pines
  • Columbia Heights
  • Columbus
  • Coon Rapids
  • East Bethel
  • Fridley


  • Ham Lake
  • Hilltop
  • Lexington
  • Lino Lakes
  • Linwood Township
  • Nowthen
  • Oak Grove
  • Ramsey
  • St. Francis
  • Spring Lake Park

Transportation Infrastructure


  • I-35 (to Duluth) and I-94 (to Fargo) connect the county to Minneapolis.
  • US Highway 10/65 runs north and south through the entire county.


  • Anoka County-Blaine Airport serves more than 74,000 takeoffs and landings annually; 377 planes are based there. It has two runways of 5000 and 4855 feet and is served by an Instrument Landing System
  • Located less than 52 minutes south is the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP), the largest and busiest airport in the Upper Midwest region It is Delta Airlines’ second largest hub, and a total of 17 airlines provide direct flights to 168 destinations worldwide

Leading Companies

Alliant Techsystems

Hoffman Engineering

BAE Systems






Vista Outdoor

Federal Ammunition

Federal Ammunition

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Skilled Workforce

Because manufacturing is in our DNA, Anoka County has extremely high concentrations of the following manufacturing occupations (location quotient > 2.5)
  • Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Programmers and Operators
  • Machinists
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Tool and Die Makers