St. Francis, Minnesota

Coordinates: 45°23′44″N 93°23′12″W / 45.39556°N 93.38667°W / 45.39556; -93.38667
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St. Francis
Location of the city of St. Francis within Anoka County, Minnesota
Location of the city of St. Francis
within Anoka County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°23′44″N 93°23′12″W / 45.39556°N 93.38667°W / 45.39556; -93.38667
CountryUnited States
CountyAnoka, Isanti
 • MayorSteve Feldman
 • Total23.75 sq mi (61.50 km2)
 • Land23.32 sq mi (60.38 km2)
 • Water0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
Elevation922 ft (281 m)
 • Total8,142
 • Density349.22/sq mi (134.83/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code763
FIPS code27-56950
GNIS feature ID2396487[2]

St. Francis is a city in Anoka and Isanti counties, Minnesota, United States. The population was 8,142 at the 2020 census.[3]

Minnesota State Highway 47 serves as a main route in the city. Other routes include Ambassador Boulevard.


St. Francis was named after Francis of Assisi.[4]

In 1855 Dwight Woodbury built a dam, grist and saw mill, and the first house, which later became the Riverside Hotel. George Armsby and E. Fowler are considered to be the first settlers in the area.[5]

St. Francis Township was settled in 1855 and organized in 1857. The name St. Francis comes from Louis Hennepin, who named the Rum River after St. Francis in 1680.[6]

The first doctor to practice in St. Francis arrived in 1857 and was known as Dr. Marshall. In the same year, school was started at the home of M. Fowler, and Hattie Waterhouse became the first teacher.[5]

In 1869, Burns Township (Nowthen) broke off from St. Francis Township.[7]

In 1879, a general store was started by Pelutiar McClure. In 1888, a large mill was built and owned by Dwight Woodbury and called St. Francis Milling Co. A starch and canning factory was built in 1893. In the early 1890s, Blanchette's Sample Room Beer Parlour was opened, and was turned into an ice cream parlor when the school was consolidated. The ice cream parlor was run until the owner died in 1933. On July 18, 1933 the mill burnt down and the dam was destroyed. By this time, there was also a blacksmith shop, drug store, and a meat market which was later turned into a livery stable.[5]

Pioneer Days started in 1964.[5]

St. Francis was incorporated on May 16, 1962 and became a statutory city in 1974 when villages were removed as a subdivision in Minnesota.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.97 square miles (62.08 km2), of which 23.53 square miles (60.94 km2) is land and 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2) is water.[9] St. Francis is located in the northwest part of Anoka County.

Nearby places include Bethel, East Bethel, Oak Grove, Nowthen, Elk River, Zimmerman, Crown, and Isanti.

St. Francis is located 16 miles (26 km) north of the city of Anoka. Lake George is nearby. St. Francis lies just north of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[11]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $51,982, and the median income for a family was $52,193. Males had a median income of $40,585 versus $28,112 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,957. About 3.0% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 7,218 people, 2,520 households, and 1,913 families residing in the city. The population density was 306.8 inhabitants per square mile (118.5/km2). There were 2,650 housing units at an average density of 112.6 per square mile (43.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 2,520 households, of which 46.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 31.5 years. 31.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.8% were from 25 to 44; 20.8% were from 45 to 64; and 6.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.


Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: St. Francis, Minnesota
  3. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau: St. Francis city, Minnesota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 25.
  5. ^ a b c d "The Anoka County Historical Society – History of St. Francis". Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  6. ^ "Guide to St. Francis Minnesota". Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  7. ^[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Anoka County history: St. Francis, from a village to a city". ABC Newspapers. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.

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