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Elk River is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, located about 34 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The population of the city had increased from just over 11,000 in 1990 to 22,974 at the 2010 census. The city council has planned for Elk River to grow to about 35,000 in the next 20 to 30 years.


Zebulon Pike passed through the area on his 1805 exploration of the upper Mississippi River and named the Elk River after the herds of animals he saw, but the area wasn’t settled by Europeans until 1846. The river was the main source of transportation then, now U.S. Routes 10 and 169 have their northwest juncture in Elk River, with the two highways concurrent for 12 miles until Anoka to the southeast. Minnesota Highway 101, which intersects Interstate 94 seven miles to the south, terminates in this city. The Northstar Commuter Rail line connects Elk River with the northwest suburbs and downtown Minneapolis.


Elk River MN real estate offers many choices for prospective buyers. Homes for sale in Elk River come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Single-family homes in Elk River MN start at $40,000 and could climb to more than $775,000. Townhouses in Elk River start at about $75,000, while condominiums can be found for as low as $40,000. In July 2011, the median sales price for a home in Elk River MN was $150,000. Though this data has been collected from the MLS and is reliable, it is not guaranteed.