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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
—  City  —
Location of Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°53′13″N 93°8′6″W / 44.88694°N 93.135°W / 44.88694; -93.135
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
 - Total 10.1 sq mi (26.1 km2)
 - Land 9.4 sq mi (24.2 km2)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,594
 - Density 1,222.2/sq mi (471.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55118, 55120
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-41696[1]
GNIS feature ID 0647763[2]

Mendota Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. It is a first ring southern suburb of the Twin Cities. The population was 11,594 at the 2000 census. It is one of the wealthiest cities in America; it ranks on the list of highest-income places in the United States with a population of over 10,000.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.1 km²), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (7.05%) is water.

Interstate Highway 35E, Interstate Highway 494, Minnesota Highways 55 and 110 are four of the main routes in the city.


At the 2000 census[1], there were 11,434 people, 4,178 households and 3,237 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,222.2 per square mile (471.7/km²). There were 4,252 housing units at an average density of 454.5/sq mi (175.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.66% White, 0.88% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.78% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 4,178 households of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.14.

Age distribution was 27.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median household income was $103,132 and the median family income was $107,773. Males had a median income of $61,095 versus $41,208 for females. The per capita income for the city was $49,589. About 1.3% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over. The median cost of houses and condos combined is $343,214. While the mean price of houses in the city is $459,833.

Local government

The mayor of Mendota Heights is John J. Huber. The previous mayor, Charles E. Mertensotto was in office for eight consecutive terms, and before that served on the Mendota Heights city council for 14 years. Mertensotto was responsible for the establishment of Mendakota Park and a major percent of the city's growth.


Sun Country Airlines is headquartered in Mendota Heights.[3]


Henry Sibley High School, Convent of the Visitation, the only all girls high school in Minnesota, and Saint Thomas Academy all boys school are located here.

Mendota Heights is also home to the main campus of Brown College.

Notable residents


  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. ^ "Contact Us." Sun Country Airlines. Retrieved on May 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "MOST GOLD MEDALS." Long Beach Press-Telegram. August 12, 2008. Retrieved on May 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Thieser, Kelly. "Mauer continues to grow as leader." Major League Baseball. March 16, 2008. Retrieved on May 26, 2009.

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Coordinates: 44°53′01″N 93°08′18″W / 44.88361°N 93.13833°W / 44.88361; -93.13833

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