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Crystal, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°2′14″N 93°21′34″W / 45.03722°N 93.35944°W / 45.03722; -93.35944
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Founded 1866
 - Mayor ReNae Bowman
 - City 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 - Land 5.8 sq mi (15.0 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 892 ft (272 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 22,698
 - Density 3,929.3/sq mi (1,517.1/km2)
 - Metro 2,968,805
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55422, 55427, 55428, 55429
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-14158[1]
GNIS feature ID 0642518[2]

Crystal is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 22,698 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has total area of 5.9 square miles (15.2 km²). 5.8 square miles (15.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.53%) is water.

Minnesota State Highway 100 and County Road 81 are two of the main arterial routes in the city. Crystal Airport, a small general aviation field, is located within the city limits. The city is bordered on the North by the city of Brooklyn Park, on the East by Brooklyn Center and Robbinsdale, on the South by Golden Valley and on the West by New Hope.

Crystal has been awarded the "Minnesota Star City" designation for economic development.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 22,698 people, 9,389 households, and 6,102 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,929.3 people per square mile (1,516.2/km²). There were 9,481 housing units at an average density of 1,641.3/sq mi (633.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.34% White, 4.20% African American, 0.59% Native American, 3.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

There were 9,389 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $48,736, and the median income for a family was $54,738. Males had a median income of $39,494 versus $29,673 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,163. About 2.5% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Parks & Recreation

  • 1946 - First Park and Recreation Advisory Commission Established
  • 1947 - Parks and Recreation Department budget $2,625.00
  • 1948 - First park named Crystal Park (56th and Broadway)
  • 1951 - Crystal Park renamed Becker Park in honor of Delia Becker, first commission chairperson
  • 1954 - 30 acres (120,000 m2) of parkland – 6 parks
  • 1958 - Founding of the Recreation Department
  • 1960 - Bond Referendum ($400,000) passed for park acquisition and development
  • 1967 - Bond Referendum ($250,000) passed for construction of the Crystal Municipal Pool
  • 1968 - Crystal Municipal Pool Opens
  • 1990 - Jet Scream Water Slide added to the pool
  • 1990 - Crystal Community Center opened
  • 2000 - Hagemeister Pond Preserve acquired
  • 2006 - Crystal Cove Aquatic Park opened
  • 2008 - 243 acres (0.98 km2) of parkland – 28 parks
  • 2008 - Parks, Recreation, Pool and Community Center budget $1.15 million

Check out the Official Parks & Recreation Websitefor more information.


Crystal is located in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, represented by Minneapolis lawyer Keith Ellison, a Democrat.

List of Mayors (Incomplete)

Thomas Acker                              1984

Notable citizens and natives

  • On June 16, 2009 The Minnesota Wild Named Crystal resident and Former University of Minnesota All-American Defensemen Todd Richards the Wild's second head coach. Todd Richards and Travis Richards both played pro hockey and attended Armstrong High School. Todd graduated in 1985.
  • Wrestling announcer Mick Karch is from Crystal.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 45°01′58″N 93°21′37″W / 45.03278°N 93.36028°W / 45.03278; -93.36028



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