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Golden Valley, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°59′33″N 93°21′33″W / 44.9925°N 93.35917°W / 44.9925; -93.35917
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Founded 1886
Incorporated 1886
 - Type Council / Manager
 - Mayor Linda Loomis
 - City 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 - Land 10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 856 ft (261 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 20,281
 - Density 1,982.3/sq mi (765.4/km2)
 - Metro 2,968,805
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55416, 55422, 55426, 55427
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-24308[1]
GNIS feature ID 0644201[2]

Golden Valley is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. It is a western suburb of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and is the main corporate headquarters of General Mills and Pentair. Golden Valley is also the home of NBC affiliate KARE, the Perpich Center for Arts Education and Breck School. The population was 20,281 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.2 km²), of which, 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (2.76%) is water. The 45th parallel north runs through Golden Valley, coinciding approximately with Duluth Street.

Interstate 394, U.S. Route 169, and Minnesota State Highways 55 and 100 are four of the main arterial routes in the city.

A deer in a Golden Valley neighborhood during winter


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,281 people, 8,449 households, and 5,508 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,982.3 people per square mile (765.4/km²). There were 8,589 housing units at an average density of 839.5/sq mi (324.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.07% White, 3.59% African American, 0.29% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.

There were 8,449 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,063, and the median income for a family was $75,899 (these figures had risen to $77,976 and $87,828 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[3]). Males had a median income of $49,890 versus $35,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,094. About 0.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


General Mills' expansive corporate campus in Golden Valley.

Major employers in the City include:[1]

Even though the population of Golden Valley is only around 20,000, more than 30,000 people work in Golden Valley.[4] This is because of the presence of large employers such as General Mills, Honeywell, and Pentair.


Golden Valley is located in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Minneapolis lawyer Keith Ellison, a Democrat. The city is split between two state legislative districts: 44B, represented by Representative Ryan Winkler and Senator Ron Latz, and 45B, represented by Representative Lyndon Carlson and Senator Ann Rest. All four are Democrats.


Golden Valley is a statutory city, where the Mayor votes with the City Council. Golden Valley operates under the council/manager form of government. This means the City Council sets the policy and overall direction for the City and appoints a city manager to serve as administrator. The city manager directs City staff in carrying out council decisions and providing services.

The Mayor serves a four-year term. There are four council members serving staggered four-year terms. Two council seats are up for election every two years, in odd-numbered years. The council members run citywide; there are no wards. The current Mayor is Linda Loomis. The current City Council is Mike Freiberg, Paula Pentel, DeDe Scanlon, and Bob Shaffer.


The Breck School, a private Episcopal school.

Most children who live in Golden Valley attend the Robbinsdale School District or the Hopkins School District.

Golden Valley High School and middle schools was founded in the early 1960s and closed in the early 1980s due to a school district merger. In 1981, the Breck School, a private school, purchased and moved from St. Paul to the adjacent campuses.

There is also a private elementary Catholic School named Good Shepherd Catholic School. (Its name was changed in 2006 from Parkvalley Catholic)

What is currently the site of the Perpich Center for Arts Education was originally the Golden Valley Lutheran College, which closed in 1985.[8]

Notable people from Golden Valley


  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. ^
  4. ^ City of Golden Valley - About Golden Valley

Coordinates: 45°00′35″N 93°20′57″W / 45.00972°N 93.34917°W / 45.00972; -93.34917



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