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Lino Lakes
"A Community With A Vision"
Location of the city of Lino Lakeswithin Anoka County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Lino Lakes
within Anoka County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Anoka
 • Total 33.21 sq mi (86.01 km2)
 • Land 28.22 sq mi (73.08 km2)
 • Water 4.99 sq mi (12.92 km2)
886 ft (270 m)
 • Total 20,216
 • Estimate 
 • Density 783.89/sq mi (302.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) Area code 651
FIPS code 27-37322
GNIS feature ID 0659714
Website City of Lino Lakes

Lino Lakes is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 20,216 at the 2010 census. Interstates 35W and 35E are two of Lino Lakes's main routes. It is an outer suburb north of the Twin Cities.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.21 square miles (86.01 km2), of which, 28.22 square miles (73.09 km2) is land and 4.99 square miles (12.92 km2) is water. Only 44% of the land within the city was developed in 2010 compared to 37% in 2000.

Rice Creek flows through the city. Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve is located within Lino Lakes.

Lino Lakes' main shopping area is the Town Center at the intersection of Interstate 35W and County 23–Lake Drive. It includes a SuperTarget and Kohl's, a YMCA, civic complex and other office, medical and retail.

Nearby places include Forest Lake, Hugo, White Bear Township, Shoreview, Circle Pines, Lexington, Blaine, Ham Lake, and Columbus. The city of Centerville is an enclave within Lino Lakes—that is, entirely surrounded on all borders by Lino Lakes.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 351
1870 687 95.7%
1880 876 27.5%
1890 1,134 29.5%
1900 1,175 3.6%
1910 1,028 −12.5%
1920 740 −28.0%
1930 704 −4.9%
1940 745 5.8%
1950 1,219 63.6%
1960 2,329 91.1%
1970 3,692 58.5%
1980 4,966 34.5%
1990 7,807 57.2%
2000 11,791 51.0%
2010 20,216 71.5%
2019 (est.) 22,119 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,216 people, 4,174 households, and 3,683 families living in the city. The population density was 516.4 inhabitants per square mile (199.4/km2). There were 5,323 housing units at an average density of 214.1 per square mile (82.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.14% White, 1.1% African American, 2.03% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 6,174 households, of which 48.1% had children under age 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.1% were non-families. 12.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.37.

The median age in the city was 37.44. 28.8% of residents were under 18; 7.8% were between 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 31.6% were from 45 to 64; and 4.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.8% male and 46.2% female.



When the first settlers arrived, Native Americans were already making their home in the area where Reshanau, Baldwin, Rice and Marshan Lakes cluster. The Dakota Indians found this to be a land of plenty with an abundance of wild rice and small game. Today, several Indian burial grounds are located in the area. White hunters and trappers began coming to this area from both Canada and the eastern states around 1850. Those who settled on the west side of the lake had names like Ramsden, Speiserand Wenzel. The east side of the lake was settled by families including the Cardinals, LaMottes, Houles and Dupres. Many of their descendants still live in the area today. The first unit of local government in the area was the township of Centerville, organized August 11, 1857, encompassing an area of 36 square miles. The population of just under 300 people was organized into three loosely knit communities known as the "German settlement" west of the lakes, the "Swede settlement" south of the lakes, and the "French settlement" east of the lakes. In the 1950s neighboring villages started annexing land away from Centerville Township. To protect the boundaries and allow for the financing of public improvements, the residents of the township voted to incorporate into a village.


Several names were suggested for the new village, and most contained the word "lakes". Although the origin of the word "Lino" is unknown, a Lino post office operated for about 10 years in the late 1800s. The town board decided to name the new village "Lino Lakes". On May 11, 1955, the Village of Lino Lakes was incorporated. It covered the original Centerville Township, with the exception of the Village of Centerville, and comprised 21,000 acres of land and 1,800 citizens. In 1972, the State Legislature passed a law changing all Minnesota villages to cities, hence Lino Lakes' current status.

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The Lakes Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of the parks and trails system. Development of the parks system includes installing playground equipment, and benches, irrigation, landscaping projects. Staff maintains 11 softball/baseball fields, 12 soccer fields and 3 ice rinks as well as approximately 30 miles of trails. The 5,500-acre Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve is located in Lino Lakes and is one of the largest parks in the seven-county metropolitan area and contains some of the most significant native wildlife habitat and water resources in the regional area.

Lino Lakes Parks
Arena Acres Park Clearwater Creek Park Rice Creek Regional Park
Behm's Park Country Lakes Park Shenandoah Park
Birch Park Highland Meadow's Park Sunrise Park
Birchwood Acres Park Lino Park Sunset Oaks Park
Brandywood Park Marshan Park Wenzel Farms Park
City Hall Park Pheasant Hills Park Woods of Baldwin Lake


There are 2 golf facilities in Lino Lakes, Chomonix Golf Course and Shadow Ridge Driving Range.


Public education in Lino Lakes is provided by the Centennial School District and the Forest Lakes School Area. Schools in Lino Lakes include Blue Heron Elementary, Lino Lakes Elementary, Pine School and Rice Lake Elementary.

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