Education & Workforce Development

Coon Rapids has a well-educated workforce, with strong technical backgrounds. This is a result of the excellent educational opportunities in the city and the MSA. The Anoka-Hennepin School District, to which Coon Rapids belongs, is the largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota. Coon Rapids High School enrolls approximately 2,450 students, and provides a biomedical sciences program to prepare and interest students for healthcare professions. Furthermore, the school district provides students the opportunity to take specialty classes from other high schools in the districts through livestreaming and distance learning. Two private schools are located in the City of Coon Rapids. Epiphany School serves grades K-8 and the Coon Rapids Christian School serves K-12.

Higher Education

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is located in the city as well, offering nearly 100 degree and certificate programs in areas such as natural sciences, engineering, manufacturing, health science technology, and business administration. The 12,000 students enrolled take classes on campus or online, both full-time and part time. The college collaborates with local employers to provide customized training for students, who will be fully ready to work at local employers upon graduation. 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides a Graduate Employment Outcomes tool showing how many recent Minnesota graduates found Minnesota jobs one and two years after graduation. It also shows the median wages earned and the top industries where graduates found jobs. Another tool provided by the department shows the Cost of Living by county for food, housing, health care, transportation, child care, other necessities, and net taxes. Look for Anoka County to learn more.   


Mercy Hospital (Allina Health System) is located in Coon Rapids and has 271 general hospital beds and a 44-bed psychiatric care unit. In 2015, a $30 million Mother Baby Center was completed. Additional medical facilities located in the community include the 99-bed Park River Estates Care Center, the 94-bed Camilia Rose Care Center, the 29-bed Camilia Rose Group Home, the 24-bed Community Living, Inc., a supervised living facility and the 6-bed REM Minnesota Community Services Inc., a supervised living facility.

Population 25+ by Educational Attainment

Source: ESRI business analyst
Less than 9th Grade 1.6%
9th - 12th Grade, No Diploma 4.4%
High School Graduate 25.5%
GED/Alternative Credential 3.7%
Some college, No degree 24.8%
Associate Degree 13.5%
Bachelor's Degree 18.6%
Graduate/Professional Degree 7.9%

Employed Population by Industry

Source: 2014 American Community Survey
Agriculture/Mining 0.2%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 17.2%
Wholesale Trade 3.2%
Retail Trade 11.8%
Transportation/Utilities 5.3%
Information 1.6%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 7.3%
Professional Services 9.3%
Education & Health Care 21.8%
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation 8.2%
Public Administration 3.0%
Other 4.8%

Major Employers

*Includes full-time, part-time and seasonal employees that work in the city.
Employer Product/Service Employees
Mercy Hospital (Allina Health System) Hospital and Medical care 1,860
Independent School District 11 Elementary & Secondary education 1,238*
RMS Company Medical Device Medical device & manufacturing 672
Honeywell Aerospace Commercial aircraft flight sytems 600
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Post-secondary education 403