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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 completion of the remodeled Eden Prairie Center and the addition of a number of restaurants and recreational spots. That may be why 99 percent of residents rate their quality of life above average.

Despite new developments, outdoor areas have been preserved. The city contains 1,000 acres of developed 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 may fall into Minnetonka or Hopkins school districts, while more than 10,200 students attend school in Eden Prairie’s district, which regularly is one of the top performing districts in statewide assessment tests and ACT and SAT college preparatory exams.

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