Website:  www.cokato.mn.us

Population, Households, and Median Income:  
2010 Census Population: 2,694
1,103 Housing Units.  Average Household Size: 2.61,    Average Family Size: 3.29.  Median Age: 32.5 years. Median Income: $45,833 (Median Household Income in the past 12 months in 2010 inflation adjusted dollars)


Located in the midst of two metropolitan areas 50 miles west of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 40 miles south of St. Cloud, Cokato has many economic and geographic advantages.  Located along Highway 12 in Wright County, Cokato boasts the presence of approximately 150 businesses.

Development Incentives:
The Cokato EDA is willing to provide economic development incentives for qualifying projects including a low interest loan program and tax increment financing.  The EDA is also willing to serve as a conduit to obtain state and federal grants and loans.

General Contact Information:
City Administrator Annita Smythe

EDA President, Dean Perry

Economic Development Consultant, Joanne Foust, MDG, Inc.

Community Amenities: 
The City of Cokato was named the Best Place to Raise Children in MN by Bloomberg’s Businessweek.com, December, 2010, “With a country club, library, and award-winning schools, Cokato stands a step above most small towns.  More than an hour from Minneapolis, Cokato shares many amenities with nearby (and runner-up) Dassel, including schools and a performing arts center. Cokato also boasts a museum and photography studio built in 1905 that is on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Cokato offers a variety of parks, trails, golfing, beautiful lakes for fishing with camping opportunities, an outdoor community swimming pool, a quality education system (Dassel Cokato Schools), health care facilities, a wide range of civic organizations, churches and business opportunities.

The Cokato Corn Carnival is an annual celebration with a kick-off parade on August 13th and activities August 14th – 15th, 2012.


  • Gas:  CenterPoint Energy Minnegasco:  1-800-245-2377 or 1-800-252-1166.
  • Electricity:
    • Xcel Energy: 1-800-859-4999.
    • Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association:  1-800-943-2667 or 320-763-3000.
  • Telephone
  • Internet:
    • Lakedale Link:  800-546-4963
    • Charter Communications:  1-800-581-0081
    • Mediacom:  800-332-0245
    • CenturyLink: Residential: 1-800-788-3500
    • Business: 1-800-786-6272
    • Allconnect: https://www.allconnect.com/providers/centurylink
    • HughesNet: www.hughesnetinternet.net/plans/
  • Cable Television:
    • Charter Communications:  1-800-581-0081
    • Channel 12 – Cokato’s local public access channel.
  • Water and Sewer Service
    • City of Cokato:  320-286-5505.
  • Garbage Collection and Recycling
    • Waste Management: 1-800-450-9378.

Major Employers:

  • Dassel-Cokato Schools
  • CentraSota
  • Cokato Charitable Trust
  • Faribault Foods
  • Saunatec
  • The Market Place
  • Keaveny Drug