Livability

Bemidji is a strong and growing community.  As First City on the Mississippi, Bemidji is a historically charming, progressive and beautiful place.  The Bemidji area offers the finest in shopping, education, medical care, top notch technology, lodging and governmental services.   When you discover what Bemidji has to offer you will consider making this your vacation, relocation, or business destination!

Enjoy our lakes, trees and our natural wonders, but don’t take our word for it; others recognize it too!

Arts

Classical, folk and popular music, live theater, fine arts, American Indian traditions, festivals and workshops all combine to make Bemidji one of Minnesota’s most important centers of culture.

Entertainment

Be prepared to plan your Bemidji weekends well in advance. There’s so much going on all year long, you can quickly run out of room on the calendar if you’re not careful.

Dining

Diners can easily find a great beverage, a delicious casual meal or a fine-dining experience in Bemidji. Unique local restaurants serve up creative dishes all over town.

Life by the Lake

Bemidji’s front yard is lovely Lake Bemidji itself, 6,765 acres of glistening water that is as ideal for serious walleye fishing as it is for a sunset pontoon cruise. And that's not all, you can also enjoy one of the 400 lakes found within a 25 mile radius of Bemidji!

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, Bemidji has the bases covered and then some. Three supermarkets and a coop grocery, two major discount retailers, a mall with three department store anchors and a thriving downtown, you’ll find all that and more on several commercial corridors.

Trails & Parks

Trails for all seasons that include hiking, biking, cross country skiing, woodland strolls, and inline skating. Bemidji has the best trail system known for exceptionally groomed and well marked trails. Bemidji is central to the state's 14,000 miles of trails.

Healthcare

As a regional center for health care, Bemidji offers seamless health care in a warm and friendly setting, also sophisticated dental care, extensive mental health, and family advocacy services and a range of residential facilities for seniors across the spectrum from independent living to nursing care.

Education

Outstanding and varied public and private education, from preschool through master’s degrees, helps attract and retain talent in the Bemidji region. Along with one of the state’s most successful K-12 school systems, Bemidji is home to Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College, Oak Hills Christian College and Concordia Language Villages.

Technology

Technology is a focus of local entrepreneurship, as people discover a community prepared to support their ideas with the necessary infrastructure and expertise.