Coon Rapids, Minnesota
|Coon Rapids, Minnesota|
|— City —|
|Anoka County and the state of Minnesota.|
|• Mayor||Tim Howe|
|• City||23.34 sq mi (60.45 km2)|
|• Land||22.61 sq mi (58.56 km2)|
|• Water||0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)|
|Elevation||860 ft (259 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||61,904|
|• Density||2,719.0/sq mi (1,049.8/km2)|
|• Metro||3,318,486 (US: 16th)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||55433, 55448|
|GNIS feature ID||0641479|
Coon Rapids is a northern suburb of Minneapolis, and is the largest city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 61,476 at the 2010 census, making it the twelfth largest city in Minnesota and the seventh largest Twin Cities suburb.
The city has a council-manager form of government, and its current mayor is Tim Howe. While mayoral and councilmember elections in Coon Rapids are nonpartisan, Howe has been endorsed by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
As of the 2010 mid-term election, Coon Rapids is represented in the State House by districts 47A (Denise Dittrich, Democrat), 47B (Melissa Hortman, Democrat), and 49B (Brandon Peterson, Republican); and in the State Senate by districts 47 (Benjamin Kruse, Republican) and 49 (Michelle Benson, Republican).
Coon Rapids is located partially in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, represented by Republican Erik Paulsen, and partially in Minnesota's 6th congressional district, represented by Republican Michele Bachmann.
Since its incorporation as a city in 1952, Coon Rapids, Minnesota has had 14 mayors:
Mayor Howe was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 & 2010. The next election will take place in 2014.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.34 square miles (60.45 km2), of which, 22.61 square miles (58.56 km2) is land and 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2) is water. Recreational lakes in the city include Cenaiko Lake and Crooked Lake, two-thirds of which is in Coon Rapids. The other third is in the City of Andover, immediately to the north.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 61,476 people, 23,532 households, and 16,323 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,719.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,049.8 /km2). There were 24,462 housing units at an average density of 1,081.9 per square mile (417.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.0% White, 5.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 23,532 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 61,627 people, 22,578 households, and 16,572 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,718.1 people per square mile (1,049.5/km²). There were 22,828 housing units at an average density of 1,007.2 per square mile (388.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.22% White, 2.18% African American, 0.67% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.
There were 22,578 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $55,550, and the median income for a family was $62,260. Males had a median income of $41,195 versus $30,277 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,915. About 3.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
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The water level of the Mississippi River upstream from the Coon Rapids Dam is raised during the summer months to allow its use as a six mile recreational pool. Anoka-Ramsey Community College has an active theater department, and the Coon Rapids High School hosts musicals, concerts, and pageants. Numerous community events are scheduled at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, including a summer concert series.
The Cook Ice Arena (where part of the movie Mighty Ducks was filmed) sees much activity year round But was sadly demolished in spring of 2012 because of a new unwanted skating rink built nearby. A steadily expanding trail system attracts bikers and walkers alike. In 2007, a section extending north from the old city hall was added, and in 2008 a tunnel under the railroads tracks connected Hoover Elementary School with Rockslide Park.
Sand Creek Park is the site of Independence Day fireworks (sponsored by the Coon Rapids Lions Club) and carnival (sponsored by the Coon Rapids Firefighters), skateboarding competitions, softball, and other community events. Numerous sliding hills dot the city for free winter fun, and there are several dozen playgrounds found in schools and neighborhoods.
Cheap Skate (indoor skating rink), Lilliput (mini-golf, bumper boats, and Go-Karts), and Grand Slam (batting cages, laser tag, video arcade, other activities) offer fun for mostly the younger crowd.
Bunker Hills Park is the site of the world famous Bunker Hills Golf Course, which previously hosted the Senior PGA Tour and currently hosts the Coon Rapids Lions Club Spring Classic Golf tournament and Galaxie Dinner, and the Bunker Beach Water Park.
The Coon Rapids National Little League baseball team won the Midwest Regional Title in 2007, and went to the 2007 Little League World Series. The team was knocked out of the pool round of competition.
Citizens of Coon Rapids are very civic minded and there are several civic organizations here. One such organization, The now defunct Coon Rapids Jaycees started the annual "Snowflake Days" Festival in the early 1960s. Part of the festivities is the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant. Three Miss Coon Rapids winners have gone on to become Miss Minnesota.
Following the disbanding of the Coon Rapids Jaycees both the Snowflake Days festival and the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant were incorporated in 1986.
While commercial traffic on the Mississippi River once passed through Coon Rapids - steamboats could reach as far as St. Cloud under certain conditions - the construction of the Coon Rapids Dam marked the city as the northern terminus of the navigable portion of the river.
Notable citizens and natives 
- Dan Johnson - first baseman and designated hitter in the Chicago White Sox organization.
- Rockie Lynne - Country singer formerly signed to Universal South Records While he was born in Statesville, North Carolina, in recent years he has called Coon Rapids home.
- Anthony Cox - bass player, musician
In popular culture 
Beginning in February 2000, Coon Rapids was repeatedly mentioned in the Doonesbury comic strip as the setting for Uncle Duke's inept presidential campaign that year. Headquartered at the fictional "EZ-Rest Motor Lodge" (which might be a stand-in for the old Birchview Motel), the campaign was no doubt inspired by Jesse Ventura's political rise. One strip mentioned Anoka and Fridley as well.
In addition to the newspaper strips, Coon Rapids was the setting for a number of animated videos accompanying the Duke 2000 campaign.
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