Anoka County Data Dashboard

What is a Data Dashboard?

Anoka County Regional Economic Development and CareerForce have teamed up with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development  (DEED) to annually track consistent data about our area employment, population, cost of living, high school graduate data, and more. 

It’s important for decision makers to have access to quick facts about how our regional labor and employment market is performing in order to make educated decisions.   These facts are not an all inclusive picture of what’s happening with the regional economy.  For additional information, download the full PDF here 

You can also look at DEED’s updated profile of Anoka County annually for even more additional  data here.  

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Fast Job Growth

Anoka County added the second highest numbers of jobs from Q2 2018-Q2 2019 (+2,171 jobs) behind Hennepin County.

Anoka County had the overall highest job growth rate as a percentage compared to existing jobs (1.7%, job growth)

Strong Median Wage

The median wage for employment in Anoka County is the second highest in the seven county metro area at $23.13 an hour

The Median wage has increased about as fast as the median property value has increased (up 8%)

Growing Balance of Labor Force to Employment Ratio

The Anoka County labor force has increased by 0.8% more than the employment has increased.  With a ratio of 0.5 job  seekers per job opening, having a labor force increase faster than employment increases is healthy for the local employment market.

Local High School Graduates Making Livable  Wages

92% of recent graduates from our local school system (Anoka Hennepin School District) are making a livable wage to support a single person cost of living (over $16.00 an hour)

75% make enough to support the average cost of living for a family (over $19.42 an hour)

Inclusive Labor Force Participation

Anoka County has the one of highest non-white labor force participation rates compared to the seven county metro area and state (72.2% labor force participation rate).

Inclusiveness in the labor market will only become more important as our labor force is projected to further diversify in age, gender and race.


Low Unemployment 

Anoka County has a lower unemployment rate at 2.7% than the state average of 3.3%.  This is great for job seekers, but shows how tight the hiring market is for employers in this region.


Commute Patterns

Live in County – Commute outside of County for work     121,630

Live outside of County & Employed within County             63,414

Live and work within County                                                   51,025            

Average Commute Time

(2018) –   26.2 minutes

commute patterns


125,896 jobs

+2,1717 jobs (Q2 2018- Q2 2019)

+ 1.7% from previous year (highest growth rate in the seven county metro)


195,304 in the labor force

+2.4% from previous year

72.5% labor force participation rate

Unemployment (Nov. 2019)

Anoka County Unemployment rate – 2.7%

Minnesota Unemployment rate – 3.3%

0.5 job seekers per open occupation

Anoka County Distinguishing Industries



Health Care & Social Assitance


Retail Trade


Educational Services


Accomm. & Food Services


Anoka County Distinguishing Industries


Resident Top 5 Industries of Employment

Office & Administrative Support


Sales & Related


Food & Service Related




Business & Financial Operations


Education of Residents 18 & older

Less than high school                     7.1%

High school or equivalent             28.9%

Some College (no degree)              24.9%

Associates                                         12.4%

Bachelors or higher                        26.6%

Post Secondary Education by Type

(Anoka-Hennepin) School District, 2016 graduates—SLEDS Data)

Certificate                                  3.0%

2 Year                                          6.0%

4 Year                                          65.0%     

Directly in Workforce               3.0%

Anoka County Workforce Gender Demographics