Regional Profile

Anoka County, MN offers unparalleled access to the downtown urban cores of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but with affordable room to grow and thrive.

Our robust manufacturing sector is enhanced by growing, innovative industries, such as medical devices, plastics, and precision instruments. Businesses are drawn to our skilled, productive labor force and lower tax burdens. Residents are attracted to our high quality of life.  Top-notch schools, diverse housing mix and robust parks make create an intangible sense of “community”.

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

Transportation Infrastructure

Interstate Highways:

  • I-35 and I-94 connect the county to the metro, state and Midwest Region


  • Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE) serves more than 74,000 takeoffs and landings annually; It has two runways of 5000 and 4855 feet and is served by an Instrument Landing System
  • The nearby Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP) is the largest and busiest airport in the Upper Midwest region.  Routinely named ACI’s “Best Airport in North America”, it serves as Delta Airlines’ second largest hub and provides direct flights to 168 destinations.

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