For Businesses

Cold Spring is a great place to locate your business. Located at the gateway to the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in Central MN, Cold Spring has a population of 4,063 people and is located in the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area. Less than 20 minutes from St. Cloud, Cold Spring is 23 miles from the St. Cloud Regional Airport, and 90 miles from the MSP International Airport.

Cold Spring is located in Stearns County, the largest county in the St. Cloud MSA and is projected to grow 35% in the next 20 years. With seven colleges and universities in the area, Cold Spring has a talented, young population with a median age five years younger than the State of MN!

The city works hard to ensure that Cold Spring is attractive and supportive to new and existing businesses of all sizes. Staff strives to link development opportunities with the proper tools and resources in order to help existing businesses grow and prosper and to attract new businesses and industry into the community.

The Cold Spring Economic Development Authority’s mission is to ensure the sustainability and viability of the community and makes every development project a priority. Give us a call today, and let us find the perfect site for you.


  • Located on US HWY 23
  • Six miles to Interstate-94
  • Fastest growing region in MN- largest population center in Central MN
  • 16.7% have Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • 8.7% have grad or professional degree
  • Median household income $76,146 compared to MN $56,954
  • Affordable housing; average home price is $154,800 compared to MN $183,500
  • Median gross rent is $653/month

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Cold Spring:

  • College of Saint Benedict (about 10 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,057)
  • Rasmussen College-St Cloud (about 13 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 2,762)
  • Saint Cloud Technical College (about 15 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 2,740)
  • Saint Cloud State University (about 16 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 12,908)
  • Ridgewater College (about 39 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 2,670)
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College (about 57 miles; Coon Rapids, MN; FT enrollment: 4,104)
  • Hennepin Technical College (about 57 miles; Brooklyn Park, MN; FT enrollment: 2,552)