It's all about the quality of life here

The Brainerd Lakes Area has a myriad of attractive qualities that are responsible for the significant growth here during the last decade. First and foremost, the quality of life here is unparalleled, the result of a strong local economy, an excellent education system, high-quality healthcare, and abundant natural resources for those who enjoy outdoor recreation.

Crow Wing County Snapshot
Current Local Population  63,208
Median Age 42
Number of Households 26,916
High School Graduation Rate 92.1%
Source: U.S. Census, 2013 Quick Facts

Growing for the future

With a population of nearly 65,000, Crow Wing County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and attracts young workers due to the low cost of living and numerous recreational opportunities.

Exceeding state education standards

Student achievement levels in the Brainerd Lakes Area are consistently above state and national averages. Minnesota leads the nation in ACT scores, and the Brainerd Public School District scores higher than the state, posting nearly a full point higher on average than the statewide average.

Land values holding

Land and property values in this area rose to unpredicted levels and are still holding their value relative to the rest of the country, despite the recent real estate crash that sent most property values plummeting.

Work where you play

With 465 lakes within 30 minutes of Brainerd, this area continues to draw visitors who enjoy outdoor and recreational activities. Cultural offerings, top-notch healthcare, and available housing are what turn vacationers into residents.

A patchwork of communities

The region is really a sampling of many unique communities that cluster together around the Crow Wing County seed. Each has a unique history and distinctive flavor that weave together to create a region worth calling home.



The Perfect Mix

Crow Wing County sits in the heart of Minnesota, about 130 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a growing population and a stable workforce of young families and homeowners, the region offers an ideal environment to start, expand or grow a business.