Como, Minneapolis

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Nickname(s): Southeast Como
Location of Como within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Location of Como within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
City Minneapolis
Community University
 • Total 1.123 sq mi (2.91 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,288
 • Density 5,600/sq mi (2,200/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55414
Area code(s) 612
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 5,083
1990 5,617 10.5%
2000 5,691 1.3%
2010 6,288 10.5%

Como is a neighborhood within the University community of Minneapolis. It is sometimes referred to as Southeast Como, since it is in Southeast Minneapolis, and possibly to differentiate it from the Como neighborhood in neighboring Saint Paul. Its boundaries are East Hennepin Avenue to the north, 33rd Avenue Southeast (the eastern city limit) to the east, the Southeast Industrial Area to the south, and Interstate 35W to the west.

Como features many amenities for its residents: Van Cleve Park Community Center, the Como Student Community Co-op, the University Childcare Center, Dar Al-Farooq mosque, SE Christian Church, and the Como Evangelical Free Church. The #3 busline is convenient to all who live in Como and provides easy transportation to Downtown Minneapolis, all of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campuses, and Downtown St. Paul.


  • Como Avenue, which forms the spine of the residential neighborhood was originally a Territorial Road laid out in 1851, called the Willow River Road (Willow River is today's Hudson, WI).
  • Later, when St. Paul named Lake Como and it became a popular recreational spot, the section of the WillowRiver/Hudson Road that led to the lake from Minneapolis became known as the Como Road.
  • The first residential blocks were platted in 1882 by James Tallmadge Elwell.
  • Maria Sanford, the first female professor at the U of M, lived in the neighborhood and was active in the community church.
  • General Mills built their research laboratory here in 1930 and created Cheerioats, which is known as Cheerios today. In the early 1950s, GM's mechanical division invented the Ryan Flight Recorder, more famously known as the "black box".

Coordinates: 44°59′06″N 93°13′08″W / 44.9850°N 93.2190°W / 44.9850; -93.2190[3]


  1. ^ "Como neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN), 55414 detailed profile". City-Data. 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile: Como" (PDF). Minnesota Compass. October 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ Como, Minneapolis, MN. Google Earth. Retrieved 2011-03-09.

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