East Grand Forks is a city in Polk County, Minnesota in the United States. Its population was estimated at 7,812 in July 2008 making East Grand Forks the largest community in Polk County. It is located in the Red River Valley region along the eastern bank of the Red River of the North, directly across from the larger city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The twin cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks form the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks. The metropolitan area had an estimated population of 97,279 in July 2008.