|— City —|
|Motto: "For Living, Learning,Raising, Families & Doing Business"|
|Hennepin County, Minnesota|
|• Mayor||James B. Hovland|
|• City||15.97 sq mi (41.36 km2)|
|• Land||15.45 sq mi (40.02 km2)|
|• Water||0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2) 3.26%|
|Elevation||922 ft (281 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||48,620|
|• Density||3,103.0/sq mi (1,198.1/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||55410, 55416, 55424, 55435, 55436, 55439, 55343|
|GNIS feature ID||0643177|
Edina (i// ee-DY-nə) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, and a first-ring suburb situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis. Edina began as a small farming and milling community in the 1860s. The population was 47,941 at the 2010 census. Edina is often regarded as one of, if not the most affluent address in the Twin Cities metro by locals.
Many major highways run through or are close to Edina, making it readily accessible to those within the metropolitan area. Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 divide the City into four sections. U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota State Highway 100 extend north and south. Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 62 extend east and west. Minnesota State Highway 7 is within three miles (5 km) of the city. Interstate 394 is within five miles (8 km).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.97 square miles (41.36 km2), of which 15.45 square miles (40.02 km2) is land and 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2) is water. Residential areas comprise the largest portion of the City, which is now more than 95 percent developed. Within Edina are many different neighborhoods, including Highlands, Indian Hills, Viking Hills, Morningside, Country Club District, Cahill Village, Chapel Hill, South Harriet Park, Interlachen, Rolling Green, Sunnyslope, White Oaks, Parkwood Knolls, Braemar Hills, Dewey Hill and Hilldale.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,805, and the median income for a family was $114,673. Males had a median income of $67,011 versus $41,742 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,195. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 47,941 people, 20,672 households, and 12,918 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,103.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,198.1 /km2). There were 22,560 housing units at an average density of 1,460.2 per square mile (563.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 3.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 20,672 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 45.2 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 47,425 people, 20,996 households, and 12,870 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,011.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,162.6/km²). There were 21,669 housing units at an average density of 1,376.0 per square mile (531.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.28% White, 1.15% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. 21.9% were of German, 14.4% Norwegian, 10.2% Irish, 9.3% Swedish and 8.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 20,996 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18; 34.0% of all households were individuals; 18.5% of households were adults 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.
Population broke down as follows: 22.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.
Population statistics 
- ^ Estimate
Edina began as part of Richfield Township, Minnesota. In the 1850s, 17 families, most of them immigrating as a result of the potato famine in Ireland, came to Minnesota and claimed land in the southwest section of what was then Richfield Township. They were followed by English and Scottish farmers, who claimed additional land near Minnehaha Creek. The Baird and Grimes neighborhoods (which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and Country Club District are located in the northeast part of Edina and were among the first areas to be established.
In 1888, the residents of the township held a meeting to consider founding a new village, thus separating themselves from Richfield Township. The idea was favorably accepted by those within the community and a committee was established to oversee the transition.
After the decision was made to form a new village, a debate ensued regarding the naming of the new village. Several town meetings were held in the Minnehaha Grange Hall, during which the names "Hennepin Park", "Westfield" and "Edina" were suggested. Minutes taken by Henry F. Brown, a farmer and future owner (1889) of the Edina Mill, are summarized as follows:
|“||"A long debate ensued with regard to the name by which the corporation shall be called. A motion was made and passed to reconsider the vote taken at the previous meeting of the name of the proposed village, Westfield. Another motion was then made by Andrew Craik to call the proposed village Edina (upon moving to the township in 1869 from Edinburgh, he bought and renamed the mill to the Edina Mill). Before the motion could be decided, James A. Bull, a member of the five person committee, made another motion to adjourn, which was seconded by the majority. However, the chairman of the meeting called this motion out of order, at which time disorder ensued with Baird, Wilson, Ryan and Bull declaring their intent to no longer serve as members of the committee if a gag law was to prevail. During this heated moment the meeting became somewhat boisterous until, after a few minutes order was restored. Seeing that no more work could be done at this time, a final motion was made and passed to reschedule the meeting to a future date."||”|
At the next meeting, the name Edina was finally chosen with a vote of 47 for and 42 against.
There has been a prevailing myth about the decision to name the new village Edina, which states that two opposing communities—the Irish Cahill community and the Scottish Mill community fought about whether to give the community an Irish Name (Killarney Lakes) or a Scottish name (Edina). The 1860 census, however, indicates that there were no Scottish people in Edina in 1860, and only a couple were present at the time of Edina's founding (1888).
The first suburban development in Edina occurred during the early 1900s in Morningside, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the village. As Morningside grew, conflict arose between its residents who wanted more city services, and the residents of the rest of the village who wanted to maintain Edina's rural character. As a result of that conflict, Morningside seceded from Edina in 1920 and became a separate village. In 1966, however, the Village of Morningside once again became part of Edina.
Edina today 
Today, many of the street names in Edina are named after families whose farms once occupied that area, for example: Grimes Avenue, Code Avenue, Gleason (Gleeson) Road, Cooper Avenue, Hansen Road and Wyman Avenue.
Edina has a reputation for being one of the most affluent suburbs of Minneapolis. Edina citizens are considered wealthy (e.g. median household income for 1999 in Edina was $66,019, compared to $37,974 for Minneapolis and $47,111 for the state of Minnesota), which led to the once derogatory term of "cake eaters" (a reference to the "Let them eat cake" quote misattributed to Marie Antoinette). The term is now largely used in jest in regional sports rivalries. Such usage can be seen, for example, in the Disney film, The Mighty Ducks, in which the term is used in reference to the Adam Banks character. Up until the 1960s, the name "cake eater" had been attributed to the Washburn (Minneapolis) Millers, a high school located in a prosperous neighborhood of nearby Minneapolis. Additionally, popular culture in Minnesota references that Edina is an acronym for the phrase "Every Day I Need Attention" once again referencing the stereotypical Edina resident as wealthy and aloof.
Edina city hall and police department, rebuilt in 2004
Public schools 
Most of Edina is in Independent School District (ISD) 273, which serves children primarily from Edina. There are approximately 7500 K-12 students served by 1139 teachers and support staff in six elementary schools (Grades K-5), two middle schools (Grades 6–9), and one senior high school (Grades 10–12). The district administrative offices are located at the Edina Community Center.
Edina High School is often listed in the top 100 schools in the United States in academics (most recently in Newsweek, 2005). Recent studies show that 98% of EHS students graduate, that 85% of EHS grads go to college and that 85% of Edina High School graduates completed college within 5 yrs after high school graduation. A recent follow-up study showed that ten years after graduation from Edina High School 43% of EHS graduates had obtained advanced postgraduate degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees at the time of the study.
|Public schools in Edina|
|Elementary Schools||Junior High Schools||High School|
|Concord||South View Middle School||Edina High School|
|Creek Valley||Valley View Middle School|
|Countryside Elementary School|
|Normandale French Immersion|
Private schools 
Places of worship 
- Calvary Church (Christian Reformed)
- Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)
- Chapel Hills United Church of Christ
- Christ Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
- Colonial Church of Edina (Conservative Congregational Christian Conference);(National Association of Congregational Christian Churches);(United Church of Christ)
- Creek Valley Church
- Cross View Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
- Edina Community Lutheran Church (ELCA)
- Edina Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant Church)
- Edina Morningside Community Church (UCC)
- Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
- Grace Gospel Bible Church
- Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall
- Normandale Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)
- Our Lady of Grace Church & School (Catholic)
- St. Alban's Episcopal Church
- St. Patricks Church of Edina (Catholic)
- St. Peter's Lutheran Church & School (Missouri Synod)
- St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
- Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (ELCA)
- Sri Venkateswara Temple (Hindu)
- Wooddale Church – Edina Campus
Edina is home to the headquarters of Jerry's Foods, Lund Food Holdings, Nash Finch Company, salon chains Regis Corporation (owner of Regis Salons, Supercuts, TGF Haircutters, and Cost Cutters), and of Dairy Queen and Orange Julius.
Edina has numerous retail shopping centers, including Southdale Center. Other shopping centers include Yorktown, Centennial Lakes Plaza, and the Galleria. The city shares another thriving commercial area at West 50th Street and France Avenue South with Minneapolis, known as "50th & France".
Edina has only municipal liquor stores; no other liquor stores are allowed. Edina maintains three liquor stores, which are located at 50th & France, Southdale (York Ave.), and Vernon & Interlachen Blvd.
There are two hotels in Edina: the Residence Inn by Marriott which is adjacent to Edinborough Park, and the Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences at 69th Street and York Avenue. A 7-story Aloft hotel is to be built by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, near Highway 100 and 77th Street, by the year 2018. The lack of hotels in Edina dates back to the early 1930s when Edina was still officially a "dry" city. There are several hotels in a region several blocks north of I-494; this area was once part of Edina. After successful petitioning, the area was annexed to Bloomington, which allowed alcohol sales at the time.
Largest employers 
According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Fairview Southdale Hospital||1,000|
|4||Edina Public Schools||600|
|5||Promenade Salon Concepts||500|
Edina's parkland and open space totals more than 1,550 acres (6.3 km2). The Edina Park and Recreation Department oversees 44 parks, which include amenities such as baseball, football and soccer fields; softball diamonds; basketball and tennis courts; outdoor skating rinks; playground equipment for young children; and picnic shelters. The Department also maintains eight miles (13 km) of scenic pathways for bicycling, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
|Alden Park||Fred Richards Golf Course||Rosland Park|
|Arden Park||Garden Park||Sherwood Park|
|Arneson Acres Park||Garden Park Addition||St. John's Park|
|Birchcrest Park||Heights Park||Strachauer Park|
|Braemar Baseball Park (Courtney Fields)||Highlands Park||T. Lea Todd Park|
|Bredesen Park||Kojetin Park||Tingdale Park|
|Browndale Park||Krahl Hill||Utley Park|
|Centennial Lakes Park||Lake Edina Park||Van Valkenburg Park|
|Chowen Park||Lewis Park||Walnut Ridge Park|
|Cornelia School Park||Lincoln Drive Floodplain||Weber Field Park|
|Countryside Park||McGuire Park||Williams Park|
|Creek Valley School Park||Melody Lake Park||Wooddale Park|
|Edinborough Park||Moore Property||York Park|
|Fox Meadow Park||Normandale Park||Yorktown Park|
|Frank Tupa Park||Pamela Park|
Besides overseeing the parks, the Edina Park & Recreation Department is also responsible for the operation of 10 facilities within the city:
Private Country Clubs 
Notable Edinans 
The following people were born in, or have resided in, Edina:
- David W. Anderson – founder of Famous Dave's restaurant chain.
- Lynsey Bartilson – actress
- Dorothy Benham – Miss America, 1977
- Paris Bennett – American Idol contestant
- David Bloom – television journalist, NBC news reporter
- Ward Brehm – Chairman and founder, The Brehm Group, Inc.
- Bud Brisbois - professional trumpet player
- Brian Burke (ice hockey) - former hockey executive with Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs
- Curt Carlson – founder of Carlson Companies
- Leeann Chin – founder of Leeann Chin Chinese Cuisine
- Ike Davis – baseball player for the New York Mets
- John Denver – singer/activist
- Julia Duffy – actress, famous for playing the role of Stephanie on Newhart
- Joe Finley - Defense, Buffalo Sabres, professional ice hockey player.
- Craig Finn – lead singer / rhythm guitarist of The Hold Steady
- Mardy Fish – professional tennis player
- Ric Flair – professional wrestler
- Vince Flynn – author
- Tim Foecke – scientist and author (1966–76, Concord Elementary graduate)
- Adam Goldberg – NFL tackle/guard
- Judith Guest – novelist and screenwriter.
- John Harris - amateur and professional golfer; won U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in 1993.
- Ron Johnson - former Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple, Inc., current CEO of J.C. Penney
- Raj Karnik - noted technologist
- Hilary Lunke – professional golfer (won 2003 US Women's Open)
- Jamie McBain – Current NHL defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Karl Mecklenburg - professional football player with the Denver Broncos.
- George Mikan - professional basketball player for Lakers
- Lou Nanne – Captain of 1968 Olympic team. Defenseman and forward with Minnesota North Stars from 1968 to 1978, general manager and coach from 1978 to 1988. Manager of US team in the 1981 Canada Cup and 1984 Canada Cup tournaments.
- Bill Nyrop – former NHL icon (Won three National Hockey League Stanley Cup championships with Montreal Canadiens, 1976–78)
- Donald Nyrop – US Administrator of Civil Aeronautics (now the Federal Aviation Administration) and Chairman of the US Civil Aeronautics Board (now National Transportation Safety Board). President, CEO and chairman of the board of Northwest Airlines.
- Clinton M. Odell - Owned the Burma-Vita company and in 1925 introduced Burma-Shave along with the grounding breaking advertising concept.
- Greg Olson - catcher with Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves.
- Mary Pawlenty – former First Lady of Minnesota, Attorney, First District Judge
- Carl Donald Peterson – Minnesota Supreme Court Justice from 1966 to 1985, served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1959 to 1963 and ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1962 with Gov. Elmer L. Andersen.
- Barbara Peterson – Miss USA, 1976
- Paul Peterson – Member of The Family and The Time, musician and producer
- Tom Petters – Of Petters Group Worldwide
- Polly Peterson – Miss Minnesota USA, 1981
- Carl Pohlad- former owner, Minnesota Twins
- Jenny Potter – Ice hockey player (winner of 1998 Winter Olympics Gold Medal for Team USA).
- Kirby Puckett – center fielder for the Minnesota Twins from 1984–95, led Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
- Paul Ranheim - retired NHL forward and former Edina High School standout.
- Kaylin Richardson – World Cup Alpine Skier (2006 and 2010 Olympic Team Member)
- Doug Risebrough - former General Manager of the Minnesota Wild
- Richard M. Schulze – founder and former chairman of Best Buy
- Joe Senser – The 1979 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Ranks 3rd in Vikings history among tight ends for catches (165), touchdowns (16) and earned a place in the Pro Bowl following the 1981 season.
- Christopher Straub – fashion designer and former contestant on Project Runway 6.
- Michelle Tafoya – sportscaster
- Robert Ulrich – chairman and former C.E.O. of Target Corp.
- Paul Westerberg – leader of The Replacements and major solo artist.
- Jeff Wright - safety with Minnesota Vikings.
- Andrew Zimmern – professional chef and host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods and Bizarre World
- Anders Lee - Current NHL center for the New York Islanders
Edina in popular culture 
- The interior of Edina's former City Hall/Police Station building (now demolished and rebuilt) was filmed as the police station in the Coen brothers' 1996 film Fargo.
- One of the baseball fields at Countryside Park was used in the opening scenes of the movie Little Big League. The umpire can clearly be seen wearing an Edina Athletic Association shirt.
- Several scenes from Jingle All the Way, a Christmas movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, were filmed in an Edina neighborhood, Brucewood, near Arden Park.
- In Disney's The Mighty Ducks, controversial star player Adam Banks hails from Edina.
- The interior of a 1950s rambler in Edina's Highlands neighborhood was used in the Coen brothers' 2009 film A Serious Man.
- Edina's Southdale Center hosted the premiere of the Will Smith film, Seven Pounds on December 12, 2008.
- On April 26, 2004 President George W. Bush made a first-time presidential campaign visit to Edina.
- Lead singer Craig Finn from the band The Hold Steady is from Edina and has made several allusions to the town in their songs. For example, the song "Hornets! Hornets!" from the album Separation Sunday describes a wild night in the town, ending with the line "I drove the wrong way down 169 and almost died up by Edina High." Also, the song's title is a reference to Edina High School's mascot, the Hornet.
- Edina, Minnesota was also mentioned in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in season 12, Episode 10 "Genetic Disorder." Character Greg Sanders' family originated from Edina, Minnesota where his bragging wealthy Grandfather Olaf helped form the cities' nickname cake-eaters, which may or may not be fiction.
See also 
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- From Settlement to Suburb: The History of Edina, Minnesota by Paul Hesterman, Published by the Edina Historical Society, 1988
- City of Edina. "Historical Contexts Study, City of Edina". Ci.edina.mn.us. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- "U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Edina". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- "U.S. Census Burea Quickfacts, City of Minneapolis". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- Pohlad 1, Carl Pohlad, Edina, MN.
- Pohlad 2, Carl Pohlad 2006 FEC filing listing Edina, MN as home address.
- Newsweek, America's Top Public High Schools.
- "Contact Us." Regis Corporation. Retrieved on January 26, 2011. "Our corporate address: Regis Corporation 7201 Metro Boulevard Minneapolis, MN 55439"
- "Edina city, Minnesota." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 26, 2011.
- "Corporate Offices." Dairy Queen. Retrieved on May 12, 2010. "International Dairy Queen Corporation 7505 Metro Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439-0286" "Orange Julius of America 7505 Metro Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55439-0286"
- "Street Map." City of Edina. Retrieved on May 12, 2010.
- Retailing, Southdale shopping Center was also the first indoor shopping mall. The Economist, December 19, 2007, June 12, 2009.
- Minnesota Historical Society – History of Southdale Mall, .
- "The Westin Edina Galleria Hotel & Residences". Westinedinaresidences.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- "Work on Gateway Project in Edina begins". Mnsun.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- "City of Edina 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). December 31, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Lynsey Bartilson – IMDb.
- Miss America History – 1977[dead link]
- Paris Bennett former EHS student, Paris Bennett former EHS student.
- "Series preview: Twins at N.Y. Mets". StarTribune.com. June 25, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- "Ego Really Isn't Her Thing". Wizardsandwarriors.org. February 9, 1986. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
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- Miss USA – Hometowns of the Winners.
- Zulgad, Judd (October 21, 2008). "Tafoya gives up NBA duties". Sports (Star Tribune). Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008. "...Tafoya, who lives in Edina..." Text " Timberwolves " ignored (help)
- City hall in Fargo, IMDB: Fargo Filming Locations
- Little Big League Filming Locations
- IMDB: Jingle All the Way Filming Locations
- A little piece of Hollywood, September 11, 2008 Edina Sun Current newspaper
- Post your comment: Title (Optional) Your comments: (December 13, 2008). "Twin Cities gets blast of Will (Smith) power". Startribune.com. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
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