Homeward Bound: Relocating to the Brainerd Lakes Area

If after vacationing here you find yourself not wanting to say goodbye, consider relocating! We are much more than a summer vacation destination. The beautiful natural resources, connected communities, and strong businesses make the area an ideal place to live and play.

Photo of a young mixed race couple smiling big on a pontoon and holding their little boy toddler on a cool summer day
Photo Courtesy Madden's On Gull Lake
Photo of the inside of a greenhouse at Copper Creek Garden and Landscapes showing hundreds of flowers and plants on a sunny spring day
Photo Courtesy Copper Creek Garden Center and Landscapes
Photo of Whipple Lake Recreation Area sign with a park and lake in the background on a sunny fall day.
Photo courtesy Brainerd Dispatch.

Small Communities

There are several communities that make up our region within a short distance of each other for you to choose where to work and live. Our small communities rally around each other, and there’s a sense of community pride here. This is a great place to call home, raise a family, or enjoy a slower pace in retirement.

Cuyuna Country Overlook at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area showing an outcropping of a trail overlooking a lake during an orange sunset
Cuyuna Country Recreation Area, Photo Courtesy Crow Wing County

Easy Access to Nature

We have four seasons of recreation fun: Biking. Hiking. Fishing. Golf. Just to name a few. If you’re looking to have world-class outdoor recreation right out your back door, consider the Brainerd Lakes Area as your permanent residence.

Lake Life

We have some of the best lakes in the state for fishing and recreation. You don’t have to live on a lake to enjoy lake life. With over 400 lakes in the area and the vast majority having public accesses, you can easily spend time on the water.

Photo of man playing on stage next to the edge of a lake at sunset on a summer day at Ernies On Gull
Photo Courtesy Ernie's On Gull Lake.
Photo from Breezy Point Resort showing the lake next to the resort filled with boats and pontoons full of people parked at the large docks at sunset on a beautiful summer evening at sunset
Photo Courtesy Breezy Point Resort

Diverse Jobs

We have a strong local economy with jobs in hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, government, finance, and other professional services. You can find a rewarding career here that easily balances quality of life and work.

Quality Healthcare

Moving to a smaller community doesn’t mean sacrificing quality healthcare. Our healthcare providers have modern facilities offering cutting edge and specialized services in areas like chiropractic, physical therapy, cardiac services, neurosciences, and state-of-the-art surgery centers.

Photo of interior of MN Traders Co. specialty shop showing scandenavian themed home goods and decor
Photo courtesy MN Traders Co.

Small Business Support

We have locally owned shops, restaurants, and breweries that help make our towns vibrant with distinctive products and services. These businesses are owned by our families, friends, and neighbors. It’s easy and inspiring to be Lakes Proud and to support local here. 

Top Schools

We’re fortunate to have excellent schools that provide state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated staff that prepare kids for a successful future. Take a tour of any of our area schools (Brainerd public schools, Crosslake Community School, Pequot Lakes school district, and St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School) to find out which school is the best fit for your family.



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