Coon Rapids, MN


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About Coon Rapids, MN

Coon Rapids, Minnesota is a vibrant city located in Anoka County. This bustling community offers plenty for visitors to explore such as the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park or one of many popular restaurants. Residents here also take advantage of all the outdoor activities available at Mississippi West Regional Park, Bunker Hills Regional Park and Crooked Lake Park. With its excellent school systems, thriving businesses, and numerous recreational opportunities it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Coon Rapids their home. Regional-center complex/Capital city - Southeast Minnesota along upper Mississippi River, 20 miles west of Wisconsin border.

State: Minnesota
County: Anoka County
Metro Area: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metro Area
City: Coon Rapids
Zip Codes: 55433 55448
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 838 ft above sea level

The “twin cities” serve as a regional center for the upper Midwest and northern Great Plains. The fully cosmopolitan area is a balanced industrial, commercial, educational, and cultural center, and functions much as one city. The area is one of the most economically diverse in the country, serving as headquarters to large firms in agriculture, food, banking, technology, retailing, healthcare, and transportation. A few of the well-known companies include General Mills, 3M, US Bancorp, United Healthcare, and retailers Target and Best Buy. Job growth is still fairly modest, but overall, the Twin Cities have have a strong and prosperous feel.

The twin downtown areas sit on either side of the Mississippi River. Both are modern with attractive buildings, clean streets, entertainment, nightlife, parks, museums, and other first-class cultural amenities. Minneapolis is more progressive, energetic and cosmopolitan while St. Paul is the smaller, quieter and more traditional of the two. Both downtowns are well used and aided by a network of elevated interior walkways called “skyways” connect buildings and attractions—a feature necessitated by the harsh, winter climate. According to one source, the area has more theaters, dance companies, and classical concerts per capita than any city outside of New York. Because Minneapolis-St. Paul is not a tourist destination, the local population enjoys these amenities almost exclusively. The population is highly educated, schools have an excellent reputation, and there is an abundant intellectual energy among the area’s citizens.

For those not interested in the arts and downtown scene, there is still plenty to do. Sports are a big attraction—the city has a full assortment of major- and minor-league sports teams. On the south side of Minneapolis in Bloomington, the Mall of America—with 400 stores—is the largest mall in the U.S. and is as much an amusement park as a mall. Such indoor facilities are particularly attractive given the winter climate. Summer recreation includes outdoor activities on the many surrounding lakes and wildlife viewing. Winter-sports enthusiasts enjoy ice skating and hockey, snowmobiling, and cross-country and downhill skiing at nearby facilities. For those wishing to get away, air service is excellent, although the dominance of Northwest Airlines can mean higher fares.

The downtown area is surrounded by a patchwork of residential and commercial neighborhoods which are on the whole more attractive than most other cities of the size. Some of the better suburbs lie south and west of Minneapolis. The more upscale Edina and Eden Prairie are comfortable and well planned. Bloomington and Richfield are more middle class with substantial commercial and retail development. Large super-suburbs, including Lakeville and Apple Valley across the Minnesota River to the south, offer excellent family settings.

Farther west, Minnetonka, the small upscale lakefront Wayzata, and the booming Maple Grove to the northwest offer an excellent set of residential choices, with considerable employment nearby. Commutes are busy and getting busier, but the variety of neighborhoods and location of commercial and industrial areas makes it possible for residents to choose their commute. Not to leave St. Paul out, Woodbury, Maplewood, and White Bear Lake are excellent suburbs; each with its own collection of quality employment in commercial areas nearby.

Cost of living has traditionally been high by national, and particularly regional, standards, but the rest of the nation is catching up. That said, the more expensive areas are far more expensive especially on a Midwest scale, and Minnesota taxes are relatively high compared to other states. For those willing to wear warm clothes and sacrifice a little financially, the Twin Cities have a lot to offer.

Terrain around the Twin Cities is flat or gently rolling, with a mix of open and densely wooded areas. Dotting the surrounding landscape are numerous lakes, the largest being Lake Minnetonka, 15 miles west. Most lakes are relatively small and shallow and freeze in winter. The climate is northern continental with seasonal temperatures varying from –30 degrees or lower to over 100 degrees. The area is near the northern edge of the influx of Gulf of Mexico moisture. Summers can be warm and humid, but are usually pleasant. Winters are cold, with days ranging from cloudy near freezing to clear, bitter cold, and windy. The area averages 34 nights per year below zero, far more than any other large American city. Severe storms, including blizzards, freezing rain, tornadoes, wind, and hailstorms occur. Most precipitation occurs during the summer period, and snow cover is persistent through the winter, averaging 6 to 8 inches in the city and 8 to 10 inches in the suburbs. First freeze is October 1, last is early May.

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Coon Rapids Cost of Living
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Education, attractive downtown, and attractive neighborhoods make Coon Rapids a great place to live.

$292,100
-15.7% lower than avg
$79,110
+12.8% higher than avg
$1,265 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+9.2% higher than avg
Coon Rapids Crime
41.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Coon Rapids, Minnesota
$55,800
for a family
$50,400
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Coon Rapids
   Education
Growth and sprawl
   Attractive downtown
Cost of living
   Attractive neighborhoods
Harsh winters
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Over 16 years ago

I've lived in Alaska, Arizona and currently the twin cities. This place has the best health care of any place I've lived! Lots of physicians makes it easy to be seen.   More

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Over 16 years ago

Coon Rapids is a northern suburb of Minneapolis. It is a wonderful place to have a family, there is a lot to do, the schools are good and the four seasons give the  More

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Over 17 years ago

i live in Minnesota and to be honest i cant stand 12 inc snow storm last week the weather is unbelievable winter here sucks and winter is 8 to 9 month cant wait to move  More

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