About Cambridge: Overview

Closest JOBZ to Minneapolis

Photos illustrating life in the communityCambridge's proximity to the Twin Cities offers a clear advantage for north metro businesses wanting to take advantage of Minnesota's tax-free JOBZ development zone program. Cambridge is only 45 miles from downtown Minneapolis — an easy commute for employees and suppliers.

Fastest Growing County in Minnesota

Isanti County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. As the county seat, Cambridge is at the center of this growth. Its continued expansion — in residential construction, new industrial sites, big-box retail, health care, and manufacturing operations -- points to new opportunity.

Vibrant Regional Center

Five spokes support Cambridge's reputation as a regional hub:

  • High-volume retail
  • Top-notch health care
  • Progressive higher education
  • Skilled manufacturing
  • Well-managed government services

Access to Rail & Air Transportation

Cambridge is well connected. Manufacturers have daily rail freight service on the BNSF mainline between the Twin Cities and Duluth. Travelers are only an hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and minutes from the Cambridge municipal airport. St. Cloud's regional airport is just 48 minutes west.

A Thriving Small Town

Cambridge has managed to preserve its small-town charm while attracting a diverse and healthy economic base. Its historic downtown supports an eclectic mix of shops, tech start-ups and service businesses — all catering to a growing population of 8,236 residents.


"The Cambridge Business Development Company was founded in 1957 by visionary business people who saw the need to create good-paying jobs, business opportunities and a tax base to bolster the area's changing agricultural economy. Today, we're still committed to sustaining healthy, steady economic growth."

— George Johnson, Secretary
Cambridge Business Development Corporation