Communities: Belle Plaine

Community Overview

Belle Plaine is conveniently positioned along the U.S. Highway 169 corridor between two major markets, the Twin Cities metropolitan area and Mankato. The City benefits from its close proximity to these markets, a quick 30 miles from the I-494 corridor and 38 miles to Mankato, while retaining its small-town charm. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City has experienced an 80 percent increase in population and 35 percent increase in median household income since 2000. Belle Plaine offers a thriving business community and beautiful residential areas. The 169 corridor provides quick, easy access to local businesses, while our vibrant highway commercial district provides residents with an array of services and retail stores.

Key Statistics

Population (2017 estimate): 7,119
Median household income (2013-2017): $75,903
Percent of population with high school education or higher (2013-2017): 93.7%
Percent of population with a Bachelor's degree or higher (2013-2017): 22.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts

Community/Economic Development Contact Information

Cynthia Smith-Strack - Community Development Director

The Community Development department oversees building permits and inspections, code enforcement, economic development, housing and redevelopment, park development, planning and zoning, and the design committee. This department is responsible for managing the overall physical growth of Belle Plaine while adhering to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and city zoning and subdivision ordinances.

Major Employers

Lutheran Home Chatfield Elementary School Kingsway Ministries LLC
Belle Plaine Senior High School Mayo Clinic Health Syst Exp Kingsway Retirement Living
Coborn's Liquor Emma Krumbee's Bakery & Restaurant Oakcrest Elementary School
Coborn's Eagle Ridge Restaurant & Lounge Valley View Golf Club




Adjacent to US-169
I-494: 30 miles
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: 40 miles
Downtown Minneapolis: 43 miles
Mankato: 38 miles

General Contact Information

218 North Meridian Street
P.O. Box 129
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Main Phone: 952-873-5553

Utility and Service Providers

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Electric: Xcel Energy, MN Valley Electric Cooperative
Natural Gas: CenterPoint Energy
Water & Sewer: City of Belle Plaine
Internet & Telephone: Frontier Communication

Helpful Links

City Code
Planning & Zoning
Permits & Licenses
Fee Schedule
Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce - Kelly Melo, Executive Director (952-873-4295, Email: