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Edina, Minnesota
—  City  —

location in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 93°21′17″W / 44.89556°N 93.35472°W / 44.89556; -93.35472
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Founded 1860s
Incorporated 1888
 - Mayor James B. Hovland
 - City 16.0 sq mi (41.5 km2)
 - Land 15.7 sq mi (40.8 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  1.87%
Elevation 922 ft (281 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 47,425
 Density 3,011.1/sq mi (1,162.6/km2)
 Metro 2,968,805
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55410, 55416, 55424, 55435, 55436, 55439, 55343
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-18188[1]
GNIS feature ID 0643177[2]

Edina (pronounced /iːˈdaɪnə/ ( listen)) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, and a first-ring suburb situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in the 1860s and is today a 95 percent developed metropolitan community.[3] The population was 47,425 at the 2000 census.



Many major highways run through or are close to Edina, making it readily accessible to those within the metropolitan area. Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 divide the City into four sections. U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 100 extend north and south. Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 62 extend east and west. Minnesota State Highway 7 is within three miles (5 km) of the city. Interstate 394 is within five miles.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.5 km² (16.0 mi²). 40.8 km² (15.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (1.87%) is water. Residential areas comprise the largest portion of the City, which is now more than 95 percent developed. Within Edina are many different neighborhoods, including Highlands, Indian Hills, Viking Hills, Morningside, Country Club District, Cahill Village, South Harriet Park, Interlachen, Rolling Green, Sunnyslope, White Oaks, Parkwood Knolls and Hilldale to name a few.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 47,425 people, 20,996 households, and 12,870 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,162.6/km² (3,011.4/mi²). There were 21,669 housing units at an average density of 531.2/km² (1,376.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.28% White, 1.15% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. 21.9% were of German, 14.4% Norwegian, 10.2% Irish, 9.3% Swedish and 8.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 20,996 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate[citation needed], the median income for a household in the city was $76,805, and the median income for a family was $114,673. Males had a median income of $67,011 versus $41,742 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,195. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.


Population statistics

Population history
1940 1950 1955 1960 1970 1980 1990 1994[1] 1996[1] 1998[1] 1999[1] 2000 2002[1]
5,855 9,744 17,000 30,482 44,031 46,073 46,075 46,841 47,029 47,113 47,274 47,425 47,570
  1. ^ Estimate



Edina began as part of Richfield Township, Minnesota. In the 1850s, 17 families, most of them immigrating as a result of the potato famine in Ireland, came to Minnesota and claimed land in the southwest section of what was then Richfield Township. They were followed by English and Scottish farmers, who claimed additional land near Minnehaha Creek. The Baird and Grimes and Country Club Districts (both which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places), are located in the northeast part of Edina and were among the first areas to be established.

In 1888, the residents of the township held a meeting to consider founding a new village, thus separating themselves from Richfield Township. The idea was favorably accepted by those within the community and a committee was established to oversee the transition.


Ruins of Edina Mill next to Minnihaha Creek

After the decision was made to form a new village, a debate ensued regarding the naming of the new village. Several town meetings were held in the Minnehaha Grange Hall, during which the names "Hennepin Park", "Westfield" and "Edina" were suggested. Minutes taken by Henry F. Brown, a farmer and future owner (1889) of the Edina Mill, are summarized as follows[4]:

A long debate ensued with regard to the name by which the corporation shall be called. A motion was made and passed to reconsider the vote taken at the previous meeting of the name of the proposed village, Westfield. Another motion was then made by Andrew Craik to call the proposed village Edina (upon moving to the township in 1869 from Edinburgh, he bought and renamed the mill to the Edina Mill). Before the motion could be decided, James A. Bull, a member of the five person committee, made another motion to adjourn, which was seconded by the majority. However, the chairman of the meeting called this motion out of order, at which time disorder ensued with Baird, Wilson, Ryan and Bull declaring their intent to no longer serve as members of the committee if a gag law was to prevail. During this heated moment the meeting became somewhat boisterous until, after a few minutes order was restored. Seeing that no more work could be done at this time, a final motion was made and passed to reschedule the meeting to a future date.

At the next meeting, the name Edina was finally chosen with a vote of 47 for and 42 against.

There has been a prevailing myth about the decision to name the new village Edina, which states that two opposing communities—the Irish Cahill community and the Scottish Mill community fought about whether to give the community an Irish Name (Killarney Lakes) or a Scottish name (Edina). The 1860 census, however, indicates that there were no Scottish people in Edina in 1860, and only a couple were present at the time of Edina's founding (1888).


The first suburban development in Edina occurred during the early 1900s in Morningside, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the village. As Morningside grew, conflict arose between its residents, who wanted more city services, and the residents of the rest of the village, who wanted to maintain Edina's rural character. As a result of that conflict, Morningside seceded from Edina in 1920 and became a separate village. In 1966, however, the Village of Morningside once again became part of Edina.

Edina today

Edina city hall and police department, renovated in 2004

Today, many of the street names in Edina are named after families whose farms once occupied that area, for example: Grimes Avenue, Code Avenue, Gleason (Gleeson) Road, Cooper Avenue and Wyman Avenue.

Edina has a reputation for being one of the most affluent suburbs of Minneapolis[5]. Edina citizens are considered wealthy (e.g. median household income for 1999 in Edina was $66,019[6], compared to $37,974 for Minneapolis and $47,111 for the state of Minnesota[7]), which led to the once derogatory term of "cake eaters" (a reference to the "Let them eat cake" quote misattributed to Marie Antoinette). The term is now largely used in jest in regional sports rivalries. Such usage can be seen, for example, in the Disney film, The Mighty Ducks, in which the term is used in reference to the Adam Banks character.Up until the 1960's, the name "cake eater" had been attributed to the Washburn (Minneapolis) Millers, a high school located in a prosperous neighborhood of nearby Minneapolis.

Edina is home to a few billionaires, most notably Richard M. Schulze and the late Carl Pohlad[8][9].


Public schools

For a detailed article see Edina Public Schools

Most of Edina is in Independent School District (ISD) 273, which serves children primarily from Edina. There are approximately 7500 K-12 students served by 1139 teachers and support staff in six elementary schools (Grades K-5), two middle schools (Grades 6-9), and one senior high school (Grades 10-12). The district administrative offices are located at the Edina Community Center.

Edina High School is often listed in the top 100 schools in the United States in academics (most recently in Newsweek, 2007[10]). Additionally, EHS has been listed in the top 10 in sports (number 8 in a Sports Illustrated review of over 30,000 schools), the top 15 in debate, the top 40 in music, and has won national awards in writing and other areas. A recent study showed that 100% of EHS students graduate, that 96% of EHS grads go to college and that 85% of Edina High School graduates completed college within 5 yrs after high school graduation. A recent follow-up study showed that ten years after graduation from Edina High School 46% of EHS graduates had obtained advanced postgraduate degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees at the time of the study. The elementary and junior high schools have won many national and state excellence awards. French immersion programs are offered at one elementary school, Normandale, starting in kindergarten [11]. The high school offers six years of French and Spanish, five years of Latin, Russian, and German, four of Japanese, and three of Chinese and American Sign Language.[12]

Public Schools in Edina
Elementary Schools Junior High Schools High School
Concord South View Middle School Edina High School
Creek Valley Valley View Middle School
Normandale French Immersion

Private schools

There are three private schools in Edina. Our Lady of Grace (OLG), which is a Catholic school that serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Peters Lutheran School, and Calvin Christian School.


Cardinal Stritch University, Devry University, Minnesota State University, Mankato education site, Minnesota School of Business, Broadview Institute and the Keller Graduate School of Management are located in Edina.

Places of Worship



Edina has numerous retail shopping centers, including Southdale Center,.[13][14] Other shopping centers include the Galleria, Yorktown and Centennial Lakes Plaza. The city shares another thriving commercial area at West 50th Street and France Avenue South with Minneapolis, known as "50th & France."

Edina has only municipal liquor stores; no other liquor stores are allowed. Edina maintains three liquor stores, which are located at 50th & France, Southdale (York Ave.), and Vernon & Interlachen Blvd.


There are two hotels in Edina: the Residence Inn by Marriott which is adjacent to Edinborough Park, and the Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences[15] at 69th Street and York Avenue. A 7-story Aloft hotel is to be built by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, near Highway 100 and 77th Street, by the year 2018.[16] The lack of hotels in Edina dates back to the early 1930s when Edina was still officially a "dry" city. There are several hotels in a region several blocks north of I-494; this area was once part of Edina. After successful petitioning, the area was annexed to Bloomington, which allowed alcohol sales at the time.


Overlooking the 12th hole on Braemar Golf Course


Edina's parkland and open space totals more than 1,550 acres (6.3 km²). The Edina Park and Recreation Department oversees 44 parks, which include amenities such as baseball, football, cricket fields, and soccer fields; softball diamonds; basketball and tennis courts; outdoor skating rinks; playground equipment for young children; and picnic shelters. The Department also maintains eight miles (13 km) of scenic pathways for bicycling, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Edina Parks
Alden Park Fred Richards Golf Course Rosland Park
Arden Park Garden Park Sherwood Park
Arneson Acres Park Garden Park Addition St. John's Park
Birchcrest Park Heights Park Strachauer Park
Braemar Park (Courtney Fields) Highlands Park T. Lea Todd Park
Bredesen Park Kojetin Park Tingdale Park
Browndale Park Krahl Hill Utley Park
Centennial Lakes Park Lake Edina Park Van Valkenburg Park
Chowen Park Lewis Park Walnut Ridge Park
Cornelia School Park Lincoln Drive Floodplain Weber Field Park
Countryside Park McGuire Park Williams Park
Creek Valley School Park Melody Lake Park Wooddale Park
Edinborough Park Moore Property York Park
Fox Meadow Park Normandale Park Yorktown Park
Frank Tupa Park Pamela Park

Besides overseeing the parks, the Edina Park and Recreation Department is also responsible for the operation of 10 facilities within the city:

Notable Edinans

The following people were born in, or have resided in, Edina:

Edina in Popular Culture

  • One of the baseball fields at Countryside Park was used in the opening scenes of the movie Little Big League.[25] The umpire can clearly be seen wearing an Edina Athletic Association shirt.
  • In Disney's The Mighty Ducks, controversial star player Adam Banks hails from Edina.
  • Lead singer Craig Finn from the band The Hold Steady is from Edina and has made several allusions to the town in their songs. For example, the song "Hornets! Hornets!" from the album Separation Sunday describes a wild night in the town, ending with the line "I drove the wrong way down 169 and almost died up by Edina High." Also, the songs title is a reference to Edina High School's mascot, the Hornet.


  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. 
  3. ^ Community Profile, City of Edina
  4. ^ From Settlement to Suburb: The History of Edina, Minnesota by Paul Hesterman, Published by the Edina Historical Society, 1988
  5. ^ Historical Contexts Study, City of Edina
  6. ^ U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Edina
  7. ^ U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Minneapolis
  8. ^ Pohlad 1, Carl Pohlad, Edina, MN
  9. ^ Pohlad 2, Carl Pohlad 2006 FEC filing listing Edina, MN as home address
  10. ^ Newsweek, America's Top Public High Schools
  11. ^ "School Facts", "Normandale Elementary French Immersion School" 2004.
  12. ^ Edina High School Profile 2006-2007
  13. ^ Retailing, The Economist, December 19, 2007, June 12, 2009.
  14. ^ History of the Southdale Shopping Center, History of Southdale
  15. ^ The Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences
  16. ^ Work on Gateway Project in Edina begins
  17. ^ Lynsey Bartilson - IMDb
  18. ^ Miss America History - 1977
  19. ^ Paris Bennett former EHS student, Paris Bennett former EHS student
  20. ^ Ego Really Isn't Her Thing
  21. ^ Caroline Kaiser - IMDb
  22. ^ About Town: Official Magazine of the City of Edina; Autumn, 2008; page 37-38
  23. ^ Miss USA - Hometowns of the Winners
  24. ^ City hall in Fargo, IMDB: Fargo Filming Locations
  25. ^ Little Big League Filming Locations
  26. ^ IMDB: Jingle All the Way Filming Locations
  27. ^ A little piece of Hollywood, September 11, 2008 Edina Sun Current newspaper
  28. ^ Twin Cities gets blast of Will (Smith) power

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