“Living in the Northland” is why we’re all here. We have short commutes, affordable homes, and thriving local businesses. We invest in our communities, with strong support for our schools and safe streets, with endless opportunity for adventures and activities for families. We have strong towns that have weathered past economic downturns and emerged as vibrant, creative hubs for future growth.

We’re kept here by the sheer beauty of the land around us. We enjoy sunrises over Lake Superior. The rural landscape around a water-filled old taconite mine. A crackling fire in a cabin as the snow falls outside. Ships sailing into our harbors. Our natural assets are boundless.

Our outdoor amenities provide a year-round playground. Hike the breathtaking ridges along Lake Superior, or paddle your way to solitude in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Drop your line in and fish, whether from a sun-drenched boat or a cozy icehouse. Strap on your skis or snowboard, or lace up your skates. Stop for a picnic and look for agates on the shore. The lake, whichever one you choose, is woven into the fabric of the Northland.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing escape or an invigorating adventure, this region has it all. Explore the details in the links on this page to learn what makes Northland residents so loyal to their home.

Quality of Place

The Northland is an attractive place to build or grow a business. It’s strategically located in the center of North America, with access to Great Circle air routes between Europe and the western United States. With a world-class port in Duluth and Superior, the region has access to U.S., Canadian, and global markets.

A diverse industry mix provides a stable economy. The Northland’s quality educational system and low turnover contribute to a proficient, reliable workforce. It’s those productive workers who help our growing companies achieve profitability.

The Northland produces world-class large equipment. Its healthcare is vibrant and features the latest procedures and technologies. Broadband crisscrosses the landscape. Natural resources are abundant, but also managed in an environmentally friendly way.

What gives this area the level of quality is its people. We are hard-working and loyal. We lead active lives and play outdoors in all seasons. We like to kayak, mountain bike, climb, and ski. We have a thriving arts community equivalent to that of much larger regions. The Northland means adventure. It means opportunity. It means a quality of place that is second to none.


The Northland offers its residents the chance to enjoy the outdoors all four seasons every year. In summer, we hike and bike our trails and play in our lakes. We drive along the shores of Lake Superior in autumn and marvel at our fall colors. In winter, we ski and play hockey and revel in snow-covered forests. And in spring, the whole region comes alive for another season of outdoor festivals and recreation. With so many activities available no matter the season, locals and visitors alike have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors year round.

Minnesota gets an average of 28 inches of rain each year, while the nation averages 37. The state averages 44 inches of snow compared a national average of 25. In the Northland, we embrace the cold and snow, and know how to have fun no matter the temperature.

For more information, contact Karl Schuettler at 218-481-3899 or kschuettler@northspan.org.

Crime Rate

The crime rate is broken out in two categories; violent crime and property crime. Generally, crime is low in Minnesota. On a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being high, Minnesota violent crime clocks in at 40.5 compared to 43.5 nationally. Property crime is even lower at 36.5, compared to 41.4 across the nation.

Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. All violent crimes involve force or threat of force.

Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

For more information, contact Karl Schuettler at 218-481-3899 or kschuettler@northspan.org.