We believe in a Fridley that is a safe, vibrant, friendly and stable home for families and businesses.
The City of Fridley is a first ring suburban community with a 2011 estimated population of 27,500. The City is located 10 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis and 20 minutes northwest of downtown St. Paul. Incorporated in July 1949, Fridley now covers 11 square miles of area and is home to several private and public schools including a K-12 International Baccalaureate school district and some of the most important industries in the Midwest, nation, and the world. We also have beautiful parks and trails including Springbrook Nature Center and Moore Lake Beach. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts provides a welcome place to tap into your creative side in beautiful Manomin Regional Park, and our Mississippi River trails will take your breath away.
85% of residents consider Fridley a "good" or "excellent" place to live!
Business and Development
An industrial spine around the rail corridor has served the City well and has provided the City with nearly as many jobs as the number of citizens who reside in the community. Fridley is home to the largest number of employees in Anoka County. Consequently, the unemployment rate for the City is below the national average. Fridley is home to many large and small businesses including Medtronic, Cummins and unity Hospital, who each employ over 1,000 people. The City of Fridley is committed to helping you start, expand and sustain your business with our open door policy and community outreach. Our Active Transportation Plan is designed to build a community that allows access to a variety of transportation including bike trails, commuter rail, buses and easy access to highways.
The City of Fridley has a Council-Manager form of government. The elected City Council sets the policies for the operation of the city, and the day-to-day administrative responsibility rests with the City Manager who is appointed by the City Council. The City Manager oversees the activities of all 8 departments and is the primary liaison between City Council and city staff.
The public is invited to City Council meetings, usually held on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, main level of City Hall.
Fridley City Council is also advised by 6 commissions. Learn more about Fridley City Council and Commissions.
Remembering Our Past
We continue to make history every day, from innovative community development to commemorating historical events. Every summer, Fridley '49er Days celebrates the birth of our community. Click here for a timeline and summary of Fridley's history and how you can connect with the Fridley Historical Society.