At roughly 14 square miles, Chisago City displays great pride in the strength of its community. The approximate 5000 people who call the city home have close ties with their neighbors – many of whom are of the Swedish persuasion.
With U.S. Highway 8 acting as the main thoroughfare, people come from miles around to find themselves charmed by Chisago City.
Much of Chisago City's history involves the construction of the railroad between Duluth and St. Paul, and the city's first settlers began arriving in the mid-19th century. Additionally, the development of lake homes on both Chisago Lake and Clear Lake attracted many people from throughout the United States.
The city was incorporated in 1873. As the area began to grow, with the small shops making way for large scale commercial outlets, and as the lakeside cabins turned into permanent residences, the city annexed Chisago City Township in 2001 to define it as the city it's known as today.
With spectacular views and convenience for those looking to commute to the State of Minnesota's capital, Chisago City has a market that's become very attractive to young people and their families. Also, the city's comparatively low cost of living certainly helps.
In 2016, Chisago City's median property value was more than $260000, and a great deal of growth has been demonstrated in that respect throughout the years.
A good selection of schools can be found for those raising children in the city. The Chisago Lakes' educational system celebrates eight elementary schools, as well as a middle school and a high school.
The city is home to the North Lakes Academy, as well, which has a reputation for being one of Minnesota's best charter schools.
The abundance of natural beauty of Chisago City and its twin Lakes, Chisago Lake and Green Lake, give the small city a unique appeal. The Chisago Lakes Water Trail stretches a full 13 miles across a chain of ten lakes and is a favorite among those with canoes.
A variety of parks can be found, many with beautiful waterfronts, and others are hidden away in charming spots.
The city has plenty of taverns and restaurants worth visiting, and farmers markets are active throughout the year. Additionally, the Ki-Chi-Saga Days Celebration occurs annually and attracts families from throughout the area.
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