People and Place
Chisago County, MN

Chisago County, located just northeast of the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in east central Minnesota, was established in 1851, seven years before Minnesota became a state. The county seat, first at Taylors Falls, moved to Chisago City in 1865 and to Center City in 1875.

Chisago, the name of our county, comes from the Chippewa Indian word, Ki-Chi-Saga , which means Fair and Lovely Lakes. Chisago County was organized September 1, 1851. 

Farming, begun in the 1850s, and was a focus until the 1890s when vacationers discovered the county's bountiful lakes and rivers. Today it is the beauty of the Dalles of the St. Croix, its park system and abundant recreational areas that bring visitors to the county.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson  

County Demographics 

Approximately 54,297 individuals reside in Chisago County, Minnesota. The population of Chisago County is 95.4% Caucasian, 2% Hispanic, 1.4% African American. 0.5% American Indian and Alaskan Native and 1.5% are more than one ethnicity. The median property value in Chisago County is $195,600, and the homeownership rate is 85.1%.  Most people in Chisago County commute to work, and the average commute time is 30.7 minutes. Chisago County is the 18th most populated county in Minnesota and borders Anoka County, MN; Isanti County, MN; Kanabec County, MN; Pine County, MN; Washington County, MN; Burnett County, WI; Polk County, WI.

The charts in this section use 5-year estimate data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The 5-year estimates show data over a 60-month period, rather than a 12-month period, enabling greater accuracy for smaller counties.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

—Benjamin Franklin

Regional Demographics

Note that under age 18 and under are not part of the age demographic chart.


The majority of the county has a high school diploma or GED for their highest completed education. 


Household income is greatest in the Lakes and South Region. 

Employment Status

Our population is made up of primarily employed or retired residents. 

Published: 9/23/19

Edited: 1/15/20