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 Eden Prairie, Minnesota


Eden Prairie

is an edge city 12 miles (19 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County and the 12th largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city lies on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River. As the seventh largest suburb, Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.2 million residents. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded the city's population at 54,901 in 2000.[6]

Composed of large lakes and ponds, the city has more than 170 miles (270 km) of multi-use trails, 2,250 acres (9 km2) of parks, and 1,300 acres (5 km2) of open space. Previously a bedroom suburb in the 1960s, the city is now home to more than 2,200 businesses and headquarters for Supervalu, MTS Systems Corporation and the Minnesota Vikings. Regionally known for Eden Prairie Center, it is also the hub for SouthWest Transit, serving public transportation to three adjacent suburbs. Eden Prairie has been named one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America since 2006.[7]

The name Eden Prairie originated as a township in 1851.


For most of its existence, Eden Prairie has been a slow-growing, pastoral village on the far southwestern fringes of the Twin Cities area. Between 1880 and 1960, Eden Prairie’s population grew by only 1,300 people, from 739 to 2,000.

Native Americans were the first to live in the area. In 1851, a treaty opened land west of the Mississippi River to settlement allowing pioneers to settle in what is now Eden Prairie. The town board of Eden Prairie held its first meeting in a log school house on May 11, 1858, the same day Minnesota became a state. However, Eden Prairie's farming community grew slowly over the years. Flying Cloud Airport was the first sign of big development in 1946. The 1960s and 1970s were decades of growth for the City's parks and recreation system. In the mid-70s, the community earned a higher profile with the addition of Interstate Highway 494 and the Eden Prairie Shopping Center. Eden Prairie became a Village in 1962 and a statutory city in 1974.


The name "Eden Prairie" was conceptualized by founder Robert Anderson. the reason he named it that way is cuz the place reminded him of "The Garden of Eden" the "prairie" cuz there was A LOT of prairies.


Eden Prairie is located approximately 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Minneapolis along the northern side of the Minnesota River. It is located at 44°49'N 93°27'W? / ?44.817°N 93.45°W? / 44.817; -93.45 at an elevation of 906 feet (276 m).

Interstate 494, U.S. Routes 169 and 212, and Minnesota State Highway 5 are four of the main routes in the city.

The land in Eden Prairie consists of rolling hills and bluffs overlooking the Minnesota River with zones of prairie and mixed (primarily deciduous) forests.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91 km2)—32.4 square miles (84 km2) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) of it (8.04%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 54,901 people, 20,457 households, and 14,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,695.1 inhabitants per square mile (654.5 /km2). There were 21,026 housing units at an average density of 649.2 per square mile (250.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.7% White, 11.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.[8][9]

There were 20,457 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,328, and the median income for a family was $105,177. Males had a median income of $59,303 versus $37,196 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,854. About 12.8% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Eden Prairie is located in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, represented by Erik Paulsen, a Republican. City Council Officials include Mayor Phil Young and Council Members Brad Aho, Kathy Nelson, Jon Duckstad, and Ron Case. Scott Neal is the City Manager.


Today, Eden Prairie is home to more than 2,200 businesses, including many that specialize in logistics/distribution, retail and wholesale trade, health care, industrial equipment, communications, and information technology.

Businesses in Eden Prairie
Fortune 500 Company Headquarters
Company Description
C.H. Robinson Worldwide shipping logistics
Supervalu grocery wholesale and retail conglomerate
Other Company Headquarters
Company Description
Achieve Healthcare Technologies software systems for eldercare
ADC Telecommunications telecommunications and broadband hardware
Compellent storage area network (SAN) products
Digital River E-Commerce systems
Golf Galaxy national golf accessory retail chain
Help/Systems, Inc. automated operation and business intelligence software systems
Highjump Software Supply Chain Management Software
Hysitron Nanoindentation Nanoindentation instrument manufacturing and testing services
Kroll Ontrack Systems computer forensics software and services
Lenox Group manufacturer of porcelain china and collectables
Lifetouch school photography, church directories and portraits, JC Penney's and Target studios and Flash digital photography.
Minnesota Vikings NFL football team
MTS Systems Corporation Developers and Producers of world class automotive testing equipment.
ShopNBC television shopping channel
Starkey Laboratories world's largest hearing aid manufacturer
Stratasys Manufacturer of FDM rapid prototyping machines
SuperSolutions Corp Consumer Finance Software (Daybreak) for entire automated lending operations. Owned by i-flex Solutions, Inc.
SurModics pharmaceutical delivery systems
Virtual Radiologic tele-radiological software and interpretation services (moving to Eden Prairie in early 2009)
XATA fleet performance management
Xiotech data storage hardware solutions
Companies With Major Facilities
Company Description
Bose ElectroForce Systems Group materials test instruments
Concur business expense management
Eaton Corporation, Hydraulics Division industrial hydraulics technologies
Emerson Process Management industrial measurement instrumentation, formerly Rosemount Engineering, now a division of Emerson
Fox Broadcasting Company studios for KMSP-TV and WFTC-TV
GE Capital Fleet Services commercial car leasing
HID Global identity/security card systems (formerly Fargo Electronics)
Stellent web content management software, recently acquired by Oracle Corporation
Sterling Commerce transportation management system software (formerly Nistevo)


Public schools

The first school in Eden Prairie was Anderson School, a schoolhouse located near a farm. At the time of its construction, it was in the center of the city and thus an ideal spot. The old Eden Prairie Consolidated School, built in 1924, is now the school district Administration Building, and is located next to Central Kindergarten Center and Central Middle School.

Eden Prairie currently operates nine schools. Unlike other school districts in the state, Eden Prairie has an intermediate school (Oak Point) for grades five and six. Eden Prairie High School is the largest high school in the state, with approx. 3,300 students, and is located near the grounds of Round Lake Park. Melissa Krull is the superintendent for the Eden Prairie School District.

Public Schools in Eden Prairie
Kindergarten and Elementary School (Grades k-4) Intermediate School (Grades 5-6) Junior High School (Grades 7-8) High School (Grades 9-12)
Cedar Ridge Oak Point Central Middle School Eden Prairie High School
Forest Hills
Prairie View
Eden Lake
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion

Charter schools

Eden Prairie has one publicly-funded charter school, Eagle Ridge Academy. This college preparatory school currently offers a rigorous classical, liberal arts curriculum to grades 6-11, with 12th grade being added in the 2007 – 2008 school year. The first graduating class for Eagle Ridge Academy was the Class of 2008.

Private schools

Eden Prairie has one private school, The International School of Minnesota, which offers a private education for students in grades preschool through 12.


There are three technical colleges in Eden Prairie:

  • Hennepin Technical College has an enrollment of roughly 7,000 full and part time students. The college offers classes during the day, as well as night classes.
  • ITT Technical Institute[10] specializes in courses on information technology, electronics, and drafting and design. ITT Technical Institute has an enrollment of approximately 170 students.
  • Rasmussen College specializes in business management, health, and technology. This campus opened on July 3, 2006 and replaced its former location in Minnetonka.


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