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Scandia, Minnesota
Motto: “Dedicated To Rural Community Values”
Location of the city of Scandiawithin Washington County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Scandia within Washington County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°15?13?N 92°48?21?W / 45.25361°N 92.80583°W / 45.25361; -92.80583
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Washington
 o Total 39.82 sq mi (103.13 km2)
 o Land 34.80 sq mi (90.13 km2)
 o Water 5.02 sq mi (13.00 km2)
Elevation 876 ft (267 m)
Population (2010)
 o Total 3,936
 o Estimate (2012 ) 3,984
 o Density 113.1/sq mi (43.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 o Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55073
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-58900
GNIS feature ID 2396548
Website ci.scandia.mn.us


As evidenced by the town’s name, Scandia has a rich Scandinavian heritage. Scandia was the site of what is believed to have been the first Swedish immigrant settlement in the State of Minnesota. In 1850, the first log cabin was built on the shores of Hay Lake. The first sanctuary of Elim Lutheran Church was built in 1856 on a site near Hay Lake.

After many years as New Scandia Township, Scandia became a city on January 1, 2007, to allay concerns that the community could be annexed by the nearby city of Forest Lake. The city is served by a weekly newspaper, the Country Messenger.


Scandia is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,936 at the 2010 census. Scandia is 25 miles northeast of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is part of the Twin Cities Metro Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.82 square miles (103.13 km2); 34.80 square miles (90.13 km2) is land and 5.02 square miles (13.00 km2) is water. Minnesota State Highways 95 and 97 are two of the main routes in the community.

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