The city of Hilltop, Minnesota, is located in Anoka County. This small town has a population of less than 800, and it covers an area of only 0.12 square miles. This community is labeled an enclave existing within the Columbia Heights community, and it consists of only 16 city blocks, bordered on all sides by the Columbia Heights community. The city of Hilltop was established during the 1940s, when a trailer park called Trailer City opened in the area. Shortly thereafter, another park called Sunnyside was opened. In 1956, the park's owner approached Columbia Heights and requested to be annexed. Unfortunately, the request was denied, so the owner circulated a petition to have the residents of Trailer City and Sunnyside file for incorporation. The city of Hilltop was officially created when the incorporation passed smoothly in a vote of 137 to 34.
Today, the majority of Hilltop's residents continue to live in mobile homes, which makes the town one of the few cities in American that consists almost entirely of manufactured housing. Hilltop now boasts its own strip mall, including a drug store, a liquor store, a convenience store, and a bowling alley, as well as the city's only hotel. The city is run by a three-person city council as well as the mayor. In visiting the city of Hilltop, you will find a tight-knit and self-sufficient community existing independently of the Columbia Heights community surrounding it.