The City of Monticello Minnesotais a place where every business can Connect. Grow. Belong. Monticello, Minnesota is located at the intersection of Interstate 94 and State Highway 25, along the south bank of the Mississippi River, about a half hour’s drive north from the Twin Cities Metro area and 25 minutes south of St. Cloud. Just 3 miles away, northeast of the Mississippi River, Monticello's nearest neighboring community, Big Lake, is located 3 miles north on State Highway 10 with Buffalo, 9 miles south on State Highway 55. Monticello was founded in 1856 and celebrated its 150 anniversary in 2006. The name Monticello is derived from the Italian word for "Little Mountain," it translates literally to English as hillock or small hill. Monticello is a progressive and forward thinking city with a population of 12,759 at the 2010 census. Within this young community, there are approximately 4,693 households with a median household income of $62,819. Monticello, located on the northern edge of Wright County, is the fourth largest city in the county.