Edina, Minnesota

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Edina, Minnesota
Official seal of Edina, Minnesota
Motto: "For Living, Learning, Raising Families & Doing Business"
Location of Edinawithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Edina
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 93°21′17″W / 44.89556°N 93.35472°W / 44.89556; -93.35472Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 93°21′17″W / 44.89556°N 93.35472°W / 44.89556; -93.35472
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJames B. Hovland
 • City15.97 sq mi (41.36 km2)
 • Land15.45 sq mi (40.02 km2)
 • Water0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)  3.26%
Elevation922 ft (281 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City49,050
 • Estimate (2012[3])49,050
 • Density3,103.0/sq mi (1,198.1/km2)
 • Metro3,279,833
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes55410, 55416, 55424, 55435, 55436, 55439, 55343
Area code(s)952
FIPS code27-18188[4]
GNIS feature ID0643177[5]
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Edina, Minnesota
Official seal of Edina, Minnesota
Motto: "For Living, Learning, Raising Families & Doing Business"
Location of Edinawithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Edina
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 93°21′17″W / 44.89556°N 93.35472°W / 44.89556; -93.35472Coordinates: 44°53′44″N 93°21′17″W / 44.89556°N 93.35472°W / 44.89556; -93.35472
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJames B. Hovland
 • City15.97 sq mi (41.36 km2)
 • Land15.45 sq mi (40.02 km2)
 • Water0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)  3.26%
Elevation922 ft (281 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City49,050
 • Estimate (2012[3])49,050
 • Density3,103.0/sq mi (1,198.1/km2)
 • Metro3,279,833
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes55410, 55416, 55424, 55435, 55436, 55439, 55343
Area code(s)952
FIPS code27-18188[4]
GNIS feature ID0643177[5]

Edina (Listeni/ˈdnə/ ee-DY-nə) 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. The population was 47,941 at the 2010 census.[6] Edina is often regarded as one of, if not the most affluent address in the Twin Cities metro by locals.


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. Highway 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 (8 km).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.97 square miles (41.36 km2), of which 15.45 square miles (40.02 km2) is land and 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2) is water.[1] 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, Chapel Hill, South Harriet Park, Interlachen, Rolling Green, Sunnyslope, White Oaks, Parkwood Knolls, Braemar Hills, Birchcrest, Dewey Hill and Hilldale.


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.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 47,941 people, 20,672 households, and 12,918 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,103.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,198.1 /km2). There were 22,560 housing units at an average density of 1,460.2 per square mile (563.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 3.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 20,672 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18% 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 2.98.

The median age in the city was 45.2 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 47,425 people, 20,996 households, and 12,870 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,011.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,162.6/km²). There were 21,669 housing units at an average density of 1,376.0 per square mile (531.2/km²). 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, 26.5% had children under the age of 18; 34.0% of all households were individuals; 18.5% of households were adults 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

Population broke down as follows: 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.

Population statistics[edit]

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census
Population history
  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 neighborhoods (which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and Country Club District 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.


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:[7]

"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).

Sundown Town and Racial Past[edit]

In history Edina was recognized as a sundown town, along with thousands others at the time. Edina had an informal saying, "Not one Negro and not one Jew",[8] indeed, most whites saw residential segregation as desirable.

After the end of World War I, Samuel Thorpe developed the elegant Edina Country Club district.[9] The district was known to have "restricted deed covenants" in place with hopes to make Edina's African-American minority feel estranged. This covenant also applied to known members of the Jewish religion as late as the 1950s. A typical covenant would contain:[citation needed]

No lot shall ever be sold, conveyed, leased, or rented to any person other than one of the white or Caucasion race, nor shall any lot ever be used or occupied by any person other than one of the white or Caucasian race, except such as may be serving as domestics for the owner or tenant of said lot, while said owner or tenant is residing thereon. All restrictions, except those in paragraph 8 (racial exclusion), shall terminate January l, 1964.

Modern day Edina no longer has sundown policies or racial segregation.


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[edit]

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, Hansen Road and Wyman Avenue.

Edina has a reputation for being one of the most affluent suburbs of Minneapolis.[10] Edina citizens are considered wealthy (e.g. median household income for 1999 in Edina was $66,019,[11] compared to the averages of $37,974 for Minneapolis and $47,111 for the state of Minnesota),[12] 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 1960s, the name "cake eater" had been attributed to the Washburn (Minneapolis) Millers, a high school located in a prosperous neighborhood of nearby Minneapolis. Additionally, popular culture in Minnesota references that Edina is an acronym for the phrase "Every Day I Need Attention" once again referencing the stereotypical Edina resident as wealthy and aloof.

Edina is home to some billionaires, most notably Richard M. Schulze and the late Carl Pohlad.[13][14]


Public schools[edit]

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, 2005).[15] Recent studies show that 98% of EHS students graduate,[16] that 85% of EHS grads go to college and that 85% of Edina High School graduates completed college within 5 yrs after high school graduation.[17] A recent follow-up study showed that ten years after graduation from Edina High School 43% of EHS graduates had obtained advanced postgraduate degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees at the time of the study.

Public schools in Edina
Elementary SchoolsJunior High SchoolsHigh School
ConcordSouth View Middle SchoolEdina High School
Creek ValleyValley View Middle School
Countryside Elementary School
Normandale French Immersion

Private schools[edit]

There are three private schools in Edina. Our Lady of Grace (OLG), which is a Catholic school that serves students K-8, St. Peters Lutheran School, Excel High School and Calvin Christian School.


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

Places of worship[edit]


Edina is home to the headquarters of Jerry's Foods, Lund Food Holdings, Nash Finch Company, salon chains Regis Corporation (owner of Regis Salons, Supercuts, TGF Haircutters, and Cost Cutters),[18][19] and of Dairy Queen and Orange Julius.[20][21]


Edina has numerous retail shopping centers, including Southdale Center.[22][23]

Other shopping centers include Yorktown, Centennial Lakes Plaza, and the Galleria. 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[24] 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.[25] 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.

Largest employers[edit]

According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[26] the largest employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees
1Fairview Southdale Hospital1,000
3BI Worldwide1,000
4Edina Public Schools600
5Promenade Salon Concepts500
6Regis Salons500
7Regis Franchise500


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 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 ParkFred Richards Golf CourseRosland Park
Arden ParkGarden ParkSherwood Park
Arneson Acres ParkGarden Park AdditionSt. John's Park
Birchcrest ParkHeights ParkStrachauer Park
Braemar Baseball Park (Courtney Fields)Highlands ParkT. Lea Todd Park
Bredesen ParkKojetin ParkTingdale Park
Browndale ParkKrahl HillUtley Park
Centennial Lakes ParkLake Edina ParkVan Valkenburg Park
Chowen ParkLewis ParkWalnut Ridge Park
Cornelia School ParkLincoln Drive FloodplainWeber Field Park
Countryside ParkMcGuire ParkWilliams Park
Creek Valley School ParkMelody Lake ParkWooddale Park
Edinborough ParkMoore PropertyYork Park
Fox Meadow ParkNormandale ParkYorktown Park
Frank Tupa ParkPamela ParkConcord School Park

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

Private Country Clubs[edit]

There are two country clubs in Edina, the Edina Country Club located in the Country Club District, and the Interlachen Country Club.

Notable Edinans[edit]

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

Edina in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ From Settlement to Suburb: The History of Edina, Minnesota by Paul Hesterman, Published by the Edina Historical Society, 1988
  8. ^ http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/mar06/fn5.html
  9. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=FPxJ_aG_B-8C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
  10. ^ City of Edina. "Historical Contexts Study, City of Edina". Ci.edina.mn.us. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Edina". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Minneapolis". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Pohlad 1, Carl Pohlad, Edina, MN.
  14. ^ Pohlad 2, Carl Pohlad 2006 FEC filing listing Edina, MN as home address.
  15. ^ Newsweek, America's Top Public High Schools.
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  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ "Contact Us." Regis Corporation. Retrieved on January 26, 2011. "Our corporate address: Regis Corporation 7201 Metro Boulevard Minneapolis, MN 55439"
  19. ^ "Edina city, Minnesota." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "Corporate Offices." Dairy Queen. Retrieved on May 12, 2010. "International Dairy Queen Corporation 7505 Metro Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439-0286" "Orange Julius of America 7505 Metro Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439-0286"
  21. ^ "Street Map." City of Edina. Retrieved on May 12, 2010.
  22. ^ Retailing, Southdale shopping Center was also the first indoor shopping mall. The Economist, December 19, 2007, June 12, 2009.
  23. ^ Minnesota Historical Society – History of Southdale Mall, [3].
  24. ^ "The Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences". Westinedinaresidences.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Work on Gateway Project in Edina begins". Mnsun.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
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