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Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County and the 12th largest city in the state of Minnesota. The city lies on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River. As the seventh largest suburb, Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.5 million residents. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded the city's population at 61,657 in 2011.
Eden Prairie has been named one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America since 2006, including a first place ranking in the 2010 survey. 99% of Eden Prairie residents rate the quality of life in Eden Prairie as good or excellent, according to the 2012 "Quality of Life" survey conducted by Decision Resources, LTD.
For most of its existence, Eden Prairie has been a slow-growing, pastoral village on the far southwestern fringes of the Twin Cities area. Between 1880 and 1960, Eden Prairie’s population grew by only 1,300 people, from 739 to 2,000.
Native Americans were the first to live in the area. In 1851, a treaty opened land west of the Mississippi River to settlement allowing pioneers to settle in what is now Eden Prairie. The town board of Eden Prairie held its first meeting in a log school house on May 11, 1858, the same day Minnesota became a state. Today, Eden Prairie is a vibrant, highly sought after community with easy access to the Mpls. St. Paul international airport and downtown Minneapolis. Offering conveniences to shopping, restaurants, award winning public school system and a variety of housing opportunities it’s easy to see why so many people have settled this area.
The city is now home to more than 2,200 businesses and the headquarters of SUPERVALU, Alliant Techsystems, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, MTS Systems Corporation, and the Minnesota Vikings. Regionally known for Eden Prairie Center, it is also the hub for Southwest Transit, serving public transportation to three adjacent suburbs.
Eden Prairie currently operates eight schools. Unlike other school districts in the state, Eden Prairie has an intermediate school (Oak Point) for grades five and six. Eden Prairie High School is the second largest high school in the state, with approximately 3,300 students, and is near the grounds of Round Lake Park. Eden Prairie District # 272
Eden Prairie has one publicly funded charter school, Eagle Ridge Academy. This college preparatory school currently offers a rigorous classical liberal-arts curriculum to grades 6-11, with 12th grade added in the 2007-8 school year. The first graduating class at Eagle Ridge Academy was the Class of 2008.
Eden Prairie has one private school, The International School of Minnesota, which offers a private education for students from preschool through grade 12.
Parks and Recreation:
Comprising many large lakes and ponds, the city has more than 170 miles of multi-use trails, 2,250 acres of parks, and 1,300 acres of open space.