Chisago City, Minnesota

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Chisago City is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States, approximately 40 miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis-St. Paul. The population was 2,622 at the 2000 census.

The city is located between the twin lakes of Chisago Lake and Green Lake, and is part of the Chisago lakes region.

U.S. Route 8 serves as a main arterial route for the community.



Chisago City was founded by Swedish immigrants in the 1850s.[3] It was actually originally settled one mile south of its current location. However, when the railroad bypassed the town in 1880, the city moved closer to the railroad, as happened often during that time.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.48%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,622 people, 1,038 households, and 685 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,329.0 people per square mile (513.9/km²). There were 1,107 housing units at an average density of 561.1/sq mi (217.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.10% White, 0.53% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 1,038 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

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