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Falcon Heights, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location of Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°59′17″N 93°10′28″W / 44.98806°N 93.17444°W / 44.98806; -93.17444
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Ramsey
 - Total 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 - Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 955 ft (291 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,572
 - Density 2,487.9/sq mi (960.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55108, 55113
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-20420[1]
GNIS feature ID 0643548[2]

Falcon Heights is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,572 at the 2000 census. It became a village in 1949 and a city in 1973.[3]

Falcon Heights is the home of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus and golf course, part of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life.



Falcon Heights is served by the Roseville Area School District. Falcon Heights Elementary is the only school within the city boundary.

Due to the location of the university in the city, Falcon Heights is the 65th best educated city in the United States and the best educated in Minnesota. 70.3% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher; 38.1% have a graduate or professional degree.[4]


On September 2, 1901 then-Vice President Theodore Roosevelt first used the African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Roosevelt became president just two weeks later, upon the assassination of William McKinley, and built the phrase into his concept of Big Stick Diplomacy.[5]


The 2001 film Sugar & Spice was partially filmed in Falcon Heights.[6]

A small portion of the 1996 film Jingle All the Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was filmed at Falcon Heights Elementary.[7] The Peanuts comic strip and TV specials are also set in the school.

When the Minnesota Vikings played the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 NFC Championship game Falcon Heights briefly changed its name to Viking Heights.

There are also many parks around the Falcon Heights area. Falcon Heights Community park and Curtiss Field have recreational sports in the summer for kids and provide an ice rink and warming house in the winter. The community park also features a soccer field and a fitness course. Falcon Heights Elementary features a park as well with two playgrounds, one of them newly made in 2006. There also many basketball hoops as well as a large grassy area simply known as "the Field". In the winter the Elementary school also has ice rinks and a warming house. One other officially recognized park is Grove Park which is located in an area known as "University Grove". This is because it is located a few blocks away from the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Grove Park has a temporary warming house and ice rink in the winter.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota Highway 51 / Snelling Avenue serves as a main route in the community.

Falcon Heights is bordered by Lauderdale to the west, St. Paul to the south and Roseville to the north and east.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,572 people, 2,103 households, and 1,434 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,487.9 people per square mile (960.4/km²). There were 2,136 housing units at an average density of 953.7/sq mi (368.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.66% White, 3.36% African American, 0.43% Native American, 14.95% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.

There were 2,103 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 17.0% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,382, and the median income for a family was $59,415. Males had a median income of $43,693 versus $34,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,370. About 8.8% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


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Coordinates: 44°59′30″N 93°09′59″W / 44.99167°N 93.16639°W / 44.99167; -93.16639


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