Sherburne County is located in the rapidly growing area between the St. Cloud and Minneapolis-St. Paul MSAs. Strategically located on the northwestern edge of the Greater MSP region, it is uniquely positioned to support the southeast expansion of the St. Cloud area and the northwest expansion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Northstar Commuter Rail provides convenient access to the downtown Minneapolis at Target Station, a major transit hub for Metro Transit system - including light rail connections to the University of Minnesota and St. Paul via the Green Line (opening in 2014) and MSP International Airport/Mall of America via the Blue Line. Commuter rail stations are located in Elk River and Big Lake. Northstar Link Commuter Bus service connects the commuter rail station in Big Lake with the transit system in St. Cloud, providing convenient access to passengers moving between the two metro areas.