Edina is a Minnesota city located in Hennepin County. It is a first-ring suburb soutwest of Minneapolis within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in the 1860s. Today, it is a community that is 95% developed. The population was 47,425 at the 2000 census.
Edina began as part of Richfield Township. In the 1850s, 17 families came to Minnesota and claimed land in the southwest section of what was then Richfield Township. Most of them immigrated as a result of the potato famine in Ireland. They were followed by English and Scottish farmers, who claimed more land near Minnehaha Creek. The Baird and Grimes and Country Club Districts are located in the northeast part of Edina and were among the first areas to be established. Both of these locations are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1888, the residents of the township held a meeting to consider founding a new village. It was approved, and the process of separating themselves from Richfield Township began. That was the first debate, the second was what to name the new village. Several town meetings were held, during which the names "Hennepin Park", "Westfield" and "Edina" were suggested. Andrew Craik, upon moving to the township in 1869 from Edinburgh, bought and renamed the local mill to the Edina Mill. It was he who proposed the name, which after much debate, was decided in 1889.
Several major highways run through or next to Edina, making it readily accessible to the greater Twin Cities area. Minnesota State Highways 62, running east and west, and 100,, running north and south, divide Edina into four sections. U.S. Route 169 in the western portion of the city extends north and south. Interstate 494 towards the southern end of the city runs east and west. Minnesota State Highway 7 is within three miles of the city and Interstate 394 is within five. Edina is about twenty minutes from the Twin Cities International Airport.
Edina has numerous retail shopping centers, including Southdale Center, which was the first climate-controlled, fully enclosed shopping mall in the United States. Other shopping centers include the Galleria, Yorktown and Centennial Lakes Plaza. Edina shares another thriving commercial area at West 50th Street and France Avenue South with Minneapolis, known as "50th & France."
Edina has more than 1,500 acres of parkland and open space. The Edina Park and Recreation Department oversees 44 parks, which include features like as baseball, football and soccer fields, softball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor skating rinks, playground equipment; and picnic shelters. The Department also maintains eight miles of paths for biking, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Most of Edina is in Independent School District 273, which serves children primarily from Edina. There are approximately 7,500 K-12 students served by 1,139 teachers and support staff in six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one senior high school. Edina High School is often listed in the top 100 schools in the United States in academics. Additionally, EHS has been listed in the top 10 in sports, the top 15 in debate, the top 40 in music, and has won national awards in writing and other areas. The elementary and junior high schools have won many national and state excellence awards. French, Spanish, Latin, Russian, and German, four styles of Japanese, three types of Chinese, and American Sign Language are all offered through Edina Public Schools.
There are three private schools in Edina. Our Lady of Grace, which is a Catholic school that serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Peters Lutheran School, and Calvin Christian School.
If it’s a secondary education you want, Edina is home to some colleges as well. Cardinal Stritch University, Devry University, Minnesota State University, Mankato education site and the Keller Graduate School of Management are located in Edina.
Edina's proximity to downtown Minneapolis makes it a favored home for upwardly mobile professionals, middle managers and top executives. Edina has a reputation for being one of the most affluent suburbs of Minneapolis. In 2000, the median income of Edina citizens was $93,496. Edina is even home to a few billionaires, most notably Richard M. Schulze and Carl Pohlad.
Edina MN real estate offers a wide range of housing, including townhouses, condos, single-family homes and new construction. Single-family homes in Edina range from about $250,000 to over $4 million, while condominiums and townhouses can still be found in the mid $100,000s.
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