Anoka County, Minnesota was established on May 23, 1857, one year before the state's admission to the Union. It was created from parts of Ramsey and Benton Counties, with the Rum River separating them. The first Europeans to explore the area were Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin and his team. Anoka County is located in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Statistical Area, the largest metropolitan area in Minnesota and the 16th largest in the United States.
It has a population of around 3.64 million people. The county is bordered by Isanti Counties to the north, Chisago and Washington Counties to the east, Hennepin and Ramsey to the south, Sherburne to the west, and the Mississippi River to the southwest. Anoka County has a warm summer humid continental climate zone (Dfa in the Köppen climate classification), typical of the southern parts of the upper Midwest. It is located in USDA plant 4b hardiness zone. The county has traditionally been a Democratic stronghold, but since the 21st century it has had a Republican tendency. Anoka County is known for its rich history and culture.
It is home to many historical sites such as Fort Snelling State Park, which was built in 1820 and is now a National Historic Landmark. The county also boasts a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and more. There are also many cultural attractions such as museums, art galleries, theaters, and music venues. Anoka County is also known for its vibrant economy.
It is home to many large corporations such as Target Corporation, Best Buy, 3M Company, and UnitedHealth Group. The county also has a thriving small business sector with many locally owned businesses that contribute to its economy. Anoka County is an ideal place to live for those looking for a vibrant community with plenty of activities and attractions. With its rich history and culture, vibrant economy, and variety of outdoor activities, Anoka County is an ideal place to call home.