Chanhassen, Minnesota

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Chanhassen
City
Chanhassen, Minnesota
Location of the city of Chanhassenwithin Carver County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Chanhassen
within Carver County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056Coordinates: 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Carver, Hennepin
Government
 • Mayor Tom Furlong
Area[1]
 • Total 22.88 sq mi (59.26 km2)
 • Land 20.44 sq mi (52.94 km2)
 • Water 2.44 sq mi (6.32 km2)
Elevation 974 ft (295 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 22,952
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 24,432
 • Density 1,122.9/sq mi (433.6/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55317
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-10918
GNIS feature ID 0641106[4]
Website City of Chanhassen

Chanhassen is a city in Carver and Hennepin counties in the State of Minnesota. It is southwest of Minneapolis. The population was 22,952 at the 2010 census.[5]

History[edit]

The origin of the name comes from the Dakota word chanhasen meaning "sugar-maple tree" (chan, tree; haza, a tree with sap). The northern metro area Hassan Township carries the latter syllable of the word to avoid confusion.[6] Chanhassen was ranked as the #2 best place to live in America in 2009 by Money Magazine,[7] and ranked fourth in Best Places to Live (Small Towns) in 2013.[8]

Geography[edit]

Chanhassen is located at 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.88 square miles (59.26 km2), of which 20.44 square miles (52.94 km2) is land and 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2) is water.[1] Although the bulk of Chanhassen is in Carver County, a small portion also extends into Hennepin County.

U.S. Highway 212 and Minnesota State Highways 5 and 41 are three of the main routes in Chanhassen.

Township 116 North, Range 23 West, Fifth Principal Meridian of the Public Land Survey System.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Chanhassen, MN
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 24
(−4)
31
(−1)
43
(6)
60
(16)
74
(23)
83
(28)
86
(30)
83
(28)
75
(24)
62
(17)
42
(6)
28
(−2)
57.6
(14.3)
Average low °F (°C) 3
(−16)
10
(−12)
23
(−5)
36
(2)
48
(9)
57
(14)
62
(17)
60
(16)
51
(11)
39
(4)
25
(−4)
11
(−12)
35.4
(2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.93
(23.6)
0.62
(15.7)
1.77
(45)
2.40
(61)
3.65
(92.7)
4.21
(106.9)
4.43
(112.5)
4.48
(113.8)
2.97
(75.4)
2.14
(54.4)
2.00
(50.8)
0.84
(21.3)
30.44
(773.1)
Source: The Weather Channel[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 175
1910 164 −6.3%
1920 129 −21.3%
1930 128 −0.8%
1940 132 3.1%
1950 182 37.9%
1960 244 34.1%
1970 4,879 1,899.6%
1980 6,359 30.3%
1990 11,732 84.5%
2000 20,321 73.2%
2010 22,952 12.9%
Est. 2013 24,432 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[3]

According to data from the US Census Bureau the median household income (using data from 2008-2012) for Chanhassen was $103,462. For the same time period the per capita income was $46,305. Three percent of the population was living below the poverty line.[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 22,952 people, 8,352 households, and 6,257 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,122.9 inhabitants per square mile (433.6/km2). There were 8,679 housing units at an average density of 424.6 per square mile (163.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 1.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 8,352 households of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 39.3 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 32.3% were from 45 to 64; and 7.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,321 people, 6,914 households, and 5,524 families residing in the city. The population density was 978.1 people per square mile (377.6/km²). There were 7,013 housing units at an average density of 337.6 per square mile (130.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.90% White, 0.75% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.83% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 6,914 households out of which 51.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

Points of interest[edit]

The Temple of ECK on the Eckankar Spiritual Campus.

Chanhassen is home to several attractions that are well-recognized throughout the state and even nationally.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres[edit]

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation's largest professional dinner theatre, and the largest privately owned restaurant in the state of Minnesota. Since 1968, more than 200 plays have been produced and played to more than ten million guests.[12]

Education[edit]

Chanhassen is split between two school districts. Most of the city is in District 112 (Chaska School District), with most Chanhassen students attending Chanhassen High School, Chaska Middle School West, Pioneer Ridge Middleschool, Chanhassen Elementary, and Bluff Creek Elementary. Northern sections of Chanhassen are a part of District 276 (Minnetonka School District), with most Chanhassen students attending Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka Middle School East, Clear Springs Elementary, and Scenic Heights Elementary.[13] Also, some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.[14] Chapel Hill Academy and St. Hubert School are private primary education institutions located in downtown Chanhassen.

Politics[edit]

Chanhassen is located in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, represented by Erik Paulsen, a Republican. President George W. Bush was the first sitting United States president to visit Chanhassen. He held a rally on October 9, 2004 at Chanhassen's City Center Park during the United States presidential elections of 2004.[15]

Economy[edit]

Companies with headquarters in Chanhassen include:[16]

Supervalu has its western satellite of the corporate headquarters in Chanhassen.[17]

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[18] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Rosemount Inc. 1,600
2 Life Time Fitness 1,061
3 IWCO Direct 847
4 SuperValu 528
5 General Mills 475
6 RR Donnelley 360
7 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 300
8 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 230
9 Byerly's 190
10 Target 147
11 Automated Building Components 123

Recreation[edit]

The City of Chanhassen places a strong emphasis on parks, open space, trails and recreation.

Beaches[edit]

Chanhassen has six public beaches.[19]

  • Lake Ann Beach (Lake Ann)
  • Greenwood Shores Beach (Lake Ann)
  • Minnewashta Regional Park (Lake Minnewashta)
  • Roundhouse Park Beach (Lake Minnewashta)
  • Carver Beach (Lotus Lake)
  • Lake Susan Beach (Lake Susan)

Trails[edit]

Chanhassen prides itself on providing a comprehensive, multipurpose trail system. The city has built and maintains 70 miles of trails.[20] Many of the city’s trails are located in natural resource corridors.

Skate Park[edit]

The Chanhassen Skate Park was installed in September 1999.[21] The park is located between City Hall and the downtown fire station. It features a wedge, quarter pipe, half pipe, hotbox, spine and grind rails.

Sports[edit]

Many youth sports programs are offered through the Chanhassen Athletic Association, including baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer.[22]

Chanhassen is also home to the Chanhassen Red Birds amateur baseball team.[23]

Fishing[edit]

Several well-producing lakes in Chanhassen keep the sportsmen busy year-round with fishing during the warm months and ice fishing when the lakes freeze-over. Both Lake Minnewashta and Lake Ann contain large and aggressive northern pike for the adept anglers.

Media[edit]

The Chanhassen Villager is the city’s official weekly newspaper.

Fame[edit]

Prince previously owned two homes in Chanhassen.[24] He still owns seven properties, establishing the musician as one of the city’s largest property owners.[25]

The New Age religious movement, Eckankar, is based in Chanhassen.

Notable people[edit]

References[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. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-11-02. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ By Warren Upham, Patricia C. (2001). Minnesota Place Names: A Geographical Encyclopedia. Minnesota Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87351-396-7. 
  7. ^ "Best Place to Live 2009". CNN. 
  8. ^ "Best Places to Live 2013". CNN. 
  9. ^ "Monthly Averages for Chanhassen, MN". The Weather Channel. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27/2710918.html
  12. ^ Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  13. ^ "Minnesota School Districts". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Bush, George. "2004 Presidential Campaign Blog". Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  16. ^ http://www.manta.com/mb_51_ALL_A57/chanhassen_mn
  17. ^ "Directory." Supervalu. Retrieved on July 22, 2010.
  18. ^ City of Chanhassen CAFR
  19. ^ City of Chanhassen: Beaches
  20. ^ City of Chanhassen: Trails
  21. ^ City of Chanhassen: Skate Park
  22. ^ http://www.chanhassenathleticassociation.com/%7CCAA Website
  23. ^ http://www.ballcharts.com/chanredbirds/%7CChanhassen Red Birds Website
  24. ^ Johnson, Cheryl (November 8, 2005). "Prince demolishes his Chanhassen house". Star Tribune. pp. 4B. 
  25. ^ Walsh, Paul and Lynn Smith, Mary (March 25, 2010), “Prince told to rock his way down to the tax office,” Star Tribune
  26. ^ Olson, Mark (December 20, 2006), "Homegrown movies,” Chaska Herald

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