Elk River is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 23,963 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Elk River is the 43rd largest community in Minnesota.
Elk River is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Elk River is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elk River who work in office and administrative support (14.74%), sales jobs (13.08%), and management occupations (11.14%).
Also of interest is that Elk River has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Elk River is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Elk River really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Elk River perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Elk River, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.75 minutes every day commuting to work.
The overall education level of Elk River citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.45% of adults in Elk River have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Elk River in 2010 was $32,350, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,400 for a family of four. However, Elk River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Elk River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elk River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Elk River include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Elk River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.