The approximate 26,587 residents* of Ramsey Minnesota enjoy the perfect mix of suburban life and conveniences, with the rural beauty and recreational spaces of the over 28 square miles of the community.
Located an easy 22-mile commute northwest of Minneapolis and on the southwest corner of Anoka County, the city of Ramsey is bordered by the Mississippi River and Hwy 10 throughway on the south side and the flowing Rum River on its eastern border. You’ll find Sherburne County and the community of Elk River on Ramsey’s western bank, the cities of Anoka and Andover on its eastern borders, the small Burns Township and little city of Nowthen to its immediate north, and Dayton MN to its south.
Many choose to call Ramsey home because of its variety of homes, business, and recreation while maintaining its beautiful wildlife and wetland areas. In fact, there’s over 50 miles of trails, 32 parks (municipal and state maintained), and 17 miles of shoreline. Over 15% of the land is protected wetland and there is approximately 5.6 thousand acres of undeveloped land.
This makes the community a perfect area for active individuals, young families, and those who appreciate the natural outdoors while taking advantage of an urban development well underway through The COR (city of Ramsey’s downtown development).
The Community at Its Core
As of reportable data collected in 2017, the population of the Ramsey community is fairly evenly divided between age groups and sex with women holding 49.7% of the population and men holding 50.3% of the population. The median age was last reported at 34.9 and the median household income being $86,794. (Feb 2017)
Ramsey is one of approximately 50 second-class Charter Cities in the state of Minnesota. As such, Ramsey allows its residents the flexibility and ability to select the kind of government structure they believe best suits its community and is allowable by the law. You can review the most current copy of the city’s current charter here in an outlined published code of ordinances; last updated December 2018 and as of the time of this article (Feb 2019).
Ramsey is a Heart Safe Community. The Heart Safe Community program was championed by a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and the Ramsey City Council and Municipal leaders in the Police and Fire departments. It was developed to train community bystander CPR skills with the use of AED units (automated external defibrillator) through free classes to residents and businesses throughout Ramsey in an effort and mission to create a safer and healthier community.
A Closer Look at Ramsey’s Business-Community
The COR project is a 300+ acre development project melding the best of transit oriented and walkable urban spaces with a balanced mix of residential, retail, office, government facilities, recreational spaces, food & beverage businesses and more.
Centered along U.S. Highway 10 / U.S. Highway 169 and the Ramsey Northstar Commuter Rail Station with service to downtown Minneapolis, The COR currently encompasses a variety of urban apartments, grocery, retail spaces, community park spaces, municipal facilities, gas and convenience stores, childcare, medical and VA outpatient care facilities.
As of 2017, Ramsey had a reportable 470 places of work offering over 6,300 job opportunities for local residents throughout the area. Educational, industrial, office, retail, mechanical opportunities, travel & leisure, parks & recreation, and more.
And, under the current plan of development there’s another estimated 85% additional retail space planned for the community. You can find a list of the currently approved and proposed development projects (commercial and residential) for the community of Ramsey by visiting www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/281/Development-Updates.