North Branch, Minnesota

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The story of the geographical area that the municipal government of North Branch, Minnesota has encompassed since its incorporation as a township in 1861 has come full circle. In 1881 the citizens of the township continued under one municipal government when North Branch incorporated as a township-size village (36 square miles).

In 1901, however, the jurisdiction divided. A one-square mile area of the township detached from the original village and reincorporated itself as the village of North Branch. The village of North Branch was more urbanized and was centrally located within the original 35 square mile rural area that reverted its status back to township and named itself Branch.   

In 1961 Branch became a village, still surrounding the village of North Branch. When both communities grew rapidly after the completion of 1-35 in 1969, North Branch continued to be the more densely populated urban area of the community while Branch became home to many commuters who built homes on one-acre or larger lots. Farms comprise the remainder of the area.

In 1974, both communities became statutory cities under the state law that encouraged uniformity in municipal government. Within the next 10 years citizens began to reconsider the benefits of consolidating the governments and services of the communities.

A special election in 1984 proposed a study of merging the two cities. The proposal failed, and for the next 10 years the area experienced detachment/annexation proceedings, requests for extension of North Branch's municipal services, citizens' petitions to respective city councils and a study on consolidation by the Minnesota Municipal Board and a 20-member citizens' task force.

The Municipal Board granted the consolidation and the North Branch City Council adopted it. However, the Branch City Council defeated the measure. A sufficient number of Branch residents petitioned for a referendum on consolidation, which was held on September 13, 1994 to coincide with the primary election. Large majorities of the voters in both Branch and North Branch voted for consolidation. As a result, the Municipal Board met and called for election of officers for the new city at the general election. The city officials were sworn in and the new city name came into existence on November 14, 1994.

Community Information

Community Data

  • Population in 2013: 10,087 (66% urban, 34% rural). Population change since 2000: +25.7%
  • Males: 4,682 (46.4%)
  • Females: 5,405 (53.6%)
  • Median resident age: 34.3 years
  • Minnesota median age: 42.9 years
  • Zip codes: 55056
  • Estimated median household income in 2012: $60,153 (it was $50,294 in 2000)
  • North Branch: $60,153
  • Minnesota: $58,906
  • Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,323 (it was $20,875 in 2000)
  • Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $162,057 (it was $122,400 in 2000)
  • North Branch: $162,0576
  • Minnesota: $162,057
  • Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $300,819; Detached houses: $320,901; Townhouses or other attached units: $303,340; In 2-unit structures: $268,574; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $412,287; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $319,775; Mobile homes: $59,613
  • Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $201,565; Detached houses: $213,741; Townhouses or other attached units: $183,263; Mobile homes: $41,390
  • Median gross rent in 2012: $807
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Nearby Airports

  • Minneapolis-St Paul International
  • St Cloud Regional


Local Colleges & Universities

  • Century Community And Technical College
  • Bethel College
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Hamline University
  • St Paul Technical College
  • Hennepin Technical College