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 Anoka (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 13,298 15,634 17,192 18,076 884 5.14
Land Area (sq. mile) 5.10 6.82 6.61 6.67 0.06 0.95
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,607.45 2,292.38 2,600.91 2,709.03 108.12 4.16
Housing Units 3,909 5,520 6,799 7,398 599 8.81
Households -- 5,382 6,394 7,262 868 13.58
Persons Per Household -- 2.78 2.57 2.38 -0.19 -7.34


Anoka lies at the confluence of the Rum and Mississippi Rivers, about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Minneapolis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 kmē), of which, 6.7 square miles (17.3 kmē) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 kmē) of it (6.97%) is water. Adjacent communities include Dayton, Ramsey, Andover, Coon Rapids, and Champlin. The USGS tracks the town by the ID 639396 and the coordinates of 45°11′52″N, 093°23′14″W

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As of the census of 2000, there were 18,076 people, 7,262 households, and 4,408 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,709.0 people per square mile (1,046.4/kmē). There were 7,398 housing units at an average density of 1,108.7/sq mi (428.2/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 93.15% White, 2.47% African American, 1.05% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

There were 7,262 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,659, and the median income for a family was $55,311. Males had a median income of $37,930 versus $27,753 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,367. About 4.7% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

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The site which is now Anoka was first settled by immigrants in 1844. By the mid-1850s, a town had grown, including a school, store, and flour mill. The city was formally incorporated in 1878. The name Anoka was derived from two Indian words. The native Dakota used A-NO-KA-TAN-HAN, meaning "on both sides", or "from both sides", referring to its location on the banks of the Rum River. The native Ojibwa used ON-O-KAY, meaning "working waters".

Anoka makes a strong claim for providing the first volunteers to the Union Army during the Civil War, noted by a small historical plaque standing at the corner of West Main Street and Park Street. Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's governor in 1861, was in Washington, D.C. when Fort Sumter was fired upon. He immediately offered a regiment to the War Department, and telegraphed former governor Willis Gorman and Lieutenant Governor Ignatius L. Donnelly that same morning. Gorman, attending a district court session in Anoka, received the note by messenger from St. Paul and called a court recess, asking for volunteers. Aaron Greenwald, who has an "island" named after him on Lake George, and five others stepped forward; Greenwald was the first to sign. He died July 2, 1863, during the 1st Minnesota Regiment's famous charge at Gettysburg.

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ANOKA was founded in 1850 by Orrin W. Rice, Neal D. Shaw, and others, by whom its name was adopted in May 1853; also known as Rum River by some local residents before 1853; the post office was established while part of Benton County as Decorri, 1852-54, changing its name in 1854. The "City of Anoka" was incorporated by the state legislature July 29, 1858, and later the "Borough of Anoka," March 5, 1869, but both these acts failed of acceptance by the vote of the township. Finally, under a legislative act of March 2, 1878, this city was set off from the township of the same name, the first city election being held on March 12.

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Jackson Street, Anoka Minnesota, 1909
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Anoka City Hall
2015 First Avenue

Anoka MN 55303

Phone: (763) 576-2700

Anoka City Hall, Anoka Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2018

Phil Rice 

1503 2nd Avenue S

Anoka MN 55303

(763) 422-8710
City Manager appointed

Tim Cruikshank

2015 First Avenue

Anoka MN 55303

(763) 576-2711
Council Member 12/31/2018 Carl Anderson
2015 First Avenue

Anoka MN 55303

(612) 518-5317
Council Member 12/31/2020 Mark Freeburg

305 Oakwood Drive

Anoka MN 55303

(763) 421-9244
Council Member 12/31/2020 Steve Schmidt

2830 Bellanger Drive

Anoka MN 55303

(612) 669-5468
Council Member 12/31/2018 Jeff Weaver

2015 First Avenue

Anoka MN 55303

(763) 427-9574

Post Office:
US Post Office
2168 7th Avenue
Anoka, MN
Phone: (763) 421-1115
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (763) 421-3940
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
          8:30 am - 12:00 pm  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            6:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

Vintage Map of Anoka, MN from 1869
Vintage Map of Anoka, MN from 1869 - 24"x36" Wall Art

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Anoka Municipal Utility   (763) 576-2700
Electricity Connexus Energy (763) 323-2650
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy   (612) 372-4727
Wastewater Metropolitan Council Environmental Svc (612) 222-6423
Water Anoka Municipal Utility   (763) 576-2700
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1000
Cable TV Comcast (800) Comcast

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Anoka, County of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 1,800
Anoka Hennepin School District #11 Elementary & Secondary Schools 1,500
Hoffman Engineering Co Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1,000
Federal Cartridge Co Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 925
Anoka Technical College Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools 366
Mate Precision Tooling Machine Shops;Turned Prod.;& Screw,Nut & Bolt Mfg. 320
Rural Community Insurance Svcs Insurance Carriers 274
Firestone Metals, Inc. Architectural & Structural Metals Manufacturing 240
Anoka, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 205
DecoPac, Inc. Confectionery Merch. Whole. 199
Copper Sales Metal & Mineral (exc.Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers 170
Lakeland Tool & Engineering Resin, Synth. Rubber & Art. Synth. Fibers & Fil. Mfg. 150
Pioneer Packaging Printing & Related Support Activities 116
Juno, Inc. Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 76
Central Power Distributors, Inc. Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60


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