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Circle Pines
Circle Pines City Hall
Circle Pines City Hall
Location of the city of Circle Pineswithin Anoka County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Circle Pines
within Anoka County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°8′42″N 93°9′5″W / 45.14500°N 93.15139°W / 45.14500; -93.15139
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Anoka
Incorporated April 13, 1950
 • Total 1.95 sq mi (5.04 km2)
 • Land 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.51 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Total 4,918
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,824.94/sq mi (1,090.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-11494
GNIS feature ID 0641229

Circle Pines is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,918 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2), of which, 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.

Lake Drive / County 23 serves as a main route in the community. Interstate 35W is in close proximity to the city.

Rice Creek flows through the city.


Circle Pines was founded as a planned cooperative community in which homeowners owned equal shares in the cooperative association which owned and developed the community. The name was selected because the cooperative movement in the United States in the 1940s used a circle encompassing two pine trees as its symbol. Although the community is no longer governed as a co–op, a municipally–owned gas utility remains as an operational memorial to Circle Pines' community heritage.

The Gibas family were one of the original families of the Circle Pines cooperative. Their papers offer further insight into the origins of Circle Pines, Minnesota. Articles and speeches, news clippings, correspondence, and photographs are available for research use.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,789
1970 3,902 39.9%
1980 3,321 −14.9%
1990 4,704 41.6%
2000 4,663 −0.9%
2010 4,918 5.5%
2019 (est.) 4,938 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,918 people, 2,006 households, and 1,349 families living in the city. The population density was 2,762.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,066.8/km2). There were 2,085 housing units at an average density of 1,171.3 per square mile (452.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 1.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 2,006 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 32.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


Centennial Schools (Independent School District #12) serves the community of Circle Pines and the surrounding cities of Blaine, Lino Lakes, Centerville, and Lexington. Children in Circle Pines attend Centennial Elementary, Rice Lake Elementary, Blue Heron Elementary, or Golden Lake Elementary before continuing their education at Centennial Middle School and Centennial High School.

Notable people

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 writer/actress Mary Jo Pehl grew up in Circle Pines, and the city is mentioned in several episodes of the show.
  • 30 Rock actor Scott Adsit was born in Circle Pines.
  • Professional Fighters League mixed martial artist Kaitlin Young was born in Circle Pines.
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