Quality of Life

Where do we start? With a wealth of natural and built amenities, excellent services, housing options, great shopping, and a wide array of career choices, the Thief River area is a great place to build a business, grow a family, live your life.

A River Runs Through It

Actually, we have two rivers – the Red River and Thief River. The rivers add to the beauty and charm of the community, as well as providing numerous recreational opportunities!

Health Care

In 2014 Sanford Health opened a new $60 million medical center which expands patient access so that families living in and near Thief River Falls don’t have to travel far to get expert care and a broad range of services.


Thief River Falls provides a variety of shopping opportunities. You will find arts, crafts, home decor, clothing, shoes, jewelry, hair and beauty, sporting goods, convenience and groceries.  Learn more at Visit TRF.


Residents of the Thief River area have access to superior public and private educational options and nationally recognized faculty.  Educational programs are aligned to occupations in demand.


Pursue your favorite outdoor activity – kayaking, golfing, fishing or bird watching in the summer months. If you like to hunt, we have more than 2 million acres of public hunting land. In the winter you can snowmobile, cross-country ski, skate, or go sledding.


Whether you want to own your own home or rent, there are many options for you in the Thief River area, from apartments to townhomes. You’ll find what you are looking for here.


The Thief River area is a great place to live if you want to find a rewarding career. Area employers value talent and there are many career paths to choose from, as well as educational and workforce services to support you along the way.

Home Ownership

The Thief River Area has many types of homes to meet your needs and fit your budget.

“The tremendous work ethic, innovation and commitment of the people here in northwestern Minnesota is unsurpassed. Those values have always been a clear differentiator in driving DigiKey’s growth and success within our industry.”

Dave Doherty

President, DigiKey

“My husband and I have owned and operated multiple businesses in Thief River Falls for over 45 years and we have found that this city is the best kept secret in Minnesota . . . a healthy community and an exceptional workforce!”

Maryel Anderson

Former Owner, Anderson Realty

Our Partners

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
NoW Innovators Network

Advance Thief River

Mailing Address
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

By appointment only
Spark Hub

1412 3rd Street West
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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