|Motto: “Dedicated To Rural Community Values”|
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|
|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)|
|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)|
|GNIS feature ID||2396548|
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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