Plymouth, Minnesota

Plymouth Business Signs

Plymouth is a city located in the central-eastern region of the present-day U.S. state of Minnesota.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by members of the Dakota tribe.  The Dakota had inhabited this region since 1400 to 1500 AD.  They settled at the north end of Medicine Lake.  The name ‘Medicine Lake’ is derived from a Dakota word ‘Mdewakanton,’ which means ‘Lake of the Spirit.’  The Dakota “named the lake after a warrior overturned his canoe and his body was never recovered.”  The first individual of European descent to settle in this region was Antoine LeCounte, who was a guide and explorer.  LeCounte explored the region in 1848 but did not settle here until 1852.  Plymouth – which was originally referred to as Medicine Lake – was founded in 1852.  The city was officially incorporated in 1858, but was soon to be referred to as Plymouth from then up until now.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Plymouth, Minnesota has a total population of 77,216 people.  This makes Plymouth, Minnesota the 7th most populous city in the entire state of Minnesota and the 452nd most populous city in the country.  Plymouth Minnesota is also considered part of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area has a total population of 413,651 people.  This makes it the most populous metropolitan area in the state of Minnesota.  Additionally, this also makes the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area the 46th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

Back in 2008, the city of Plymouth, Minnesota was named by Money Magazine as “the number one city in which to live in the United States.”  The magazine chose Plymouth, Minnesota due to “its inclusion of residential areas, industry, parks, schools, and other aspects which made [and still make] Plymouth, Minnesota a self-contained and essentially autonomous city.”

Plymouth, Minnesota is home to several headquarters for businesses.  These home-grown businesses include The Mosaic Company, OneBeacon, Select Comfort, Christopher & Banks, and Tonka Water.

As for large employers in and/or around the Plymouth, Minnesota city limits, however, according to Plymouth, Minnesota’s 2014 City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the city is Wayzata Public Schools.  According to this 2014 report, Wayzata Public Schools is responsible for 1,505 local jobs.  Next on the list is Aimia, which employs roughly 1,000 locals.  Coming in a close third is Select Comfort, which has approximately 900 employees.

Plymouth, Minnesota is home to more public-school districts than Wayzata Public Schools, however.  The city also contains Robbinsdale Area Schools, the Osseo School District, West Metro Education Program, and Hopkins School District.  Each of these school districts has a notable high school in the area.  Private schools and colleges located in the Plymouth, Minnesota area include Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary, Fourth Baptist Christian School, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, West Lutheran High School, and Providence Academy.

Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Plymouth, Minnesota area?  Have you, by any chance, ever considered taking up such a mantle and becoming an entrepreneur?  Well, now is your chance!  We have provided below several resources for prospective small business owners such as yourself:

Apply for a Business License in Plymouth, Minnesota:

Business in Plymouth, Minnesota:

City of Plymouth, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce:

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Gillette Signworks
(763) 441-7446
Elk River, MN


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(218) 749-4056
Gilbert, MN