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EDEN PRAIRIE

This suburb has developed into a destination for diverse shopping,
manicured parks, and good schools.

Image by TJ Turner/Greenspring Media

Eden Prairie has been steadily growing since Flying Cloud Airport, a revival airport, was built in the 1940s. In the past several years, however, the area has really found its place, with the ever-expanding Eden Prairie Center and addition of a number of area restaurants and recreation spots. That might explain why 99 percent of residents rate their quality of life above average in this southwest suburb.

Despite new developments, outdoor areas have been preserved. The city contains 1,000 acres of undeveloped parkland, more than 120 miles of bike trails, 13 miles of nature trails and six off-leash dog parks. In the winter, residents take advantage of skating rinks and sledding hills, while in the summer they enjoy nearby beaches and a disc golf course.

Due to district boundaries, some residents might fall into Minnetonka or Hopkins school districts, while more than 10,000 students attend school in Eden Prairie’s district, which is regularly one of the top performing districts in statewide assessment tests and ACT and SAT college preparatory exams.

By the Numbers

Population: 63,496
Households: 25,075
Median Household Income: $97,600
Persons per household: 2.56
Median housing value: $303,600

Education Powerhouse

Since 2008, Eden Prairie schools have maintained the largest average percentage of graduates enrolled in college of any Lake Conference School (Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Wayzata) and the district continues to enroll among the most students of any school in the state.

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