Plymouth, Minnesota Education and City Information

Plymouth, Minnesota is a city just outside of Minneapolis. Numerous universities, colleges and community colleges are within driving distance of the city. Read on to get details on the city, including its population, economy and school options.

Information About Plymouth, Minnesota

Plymouth, Minnesota, is a fast-growing city located 12 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis. Plymouth's population is 75,057, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates, up from 70,576 in 2010. Plymouth's proximity to the Twin Cities, its many lakes and housing options attract both individuals and businesses. Plymouth covers approximately 32.68 square miles, as of 2010 and has a multitude of highways running through its center and along the eastern and western periphery, providing easy access to the Twin Cities and suburban areas.

The weather in Plymouth is cold in the winter and mild in the summer. The city has an extensive park and trail system, open spaces and plenty of recreational activities for residents.


The Minnesota School of Business, a proprietary institution, has a campus in Plymouth as does the Minnesota School of Cosmetology. Outside the city limits, residents can find over 70 colleges and schools within 20 miles.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is about 10 miles away. It offers graduate and undergraduate programs to almost 52,000 students, making it the largest school in the area. Augsburg College is also roughly 10 miles from Plymouth. It was ranked 20th among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. University of St Thomas, Metropolitan State University, St Catherine University and Hamline University are also nearby.

Several 2-year schools are found in this area, including Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Normandale Community College. The area is also home to a few technical colleges, four seminaries and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Economic Info

According to the City of Plymouth's website, there are roughly 50,000 jobs within the city. As reported in the 2015 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the main industries for employed residents were manufacturing, wholesale trade, professional and technical services and retail trade, followed closely by healthcare and social assistance. The same source notes that in 2015, Plymouth boasted a 3.0% unemployment rate.

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