The City of Mahtomedi water tower at sunset.
|Motto: "A Small Town City"|
Location of the city of Mahtomedi
within Washington County, Minnesota
|• Total||5.76 sq mi (14.92 km2)|
|• Land||3.49 sq mi (9.04 km2)|
|• Water||2.27 sq mi (5.88 km2)|
|Elevation||994 ft (303 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,883|
|• Density||2,199.4/sq mi (849.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0647391|
Mahtomedi (// mah-toh-MEE-dy) is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,676 at the 2010 census. Mahtomedi is considered to be a suburb of St. Paul, and is located between St. Paul and Stillwater.
The city name is from the Dakota for Bear (mahto) Lake (mde).
Mahtomedi is about 15 miles northeast of St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area 3.49 square miles (9.04 km2) of it is land and 2.27 square miles (5.88 km2) is water, part of which is White Bear Lake. Interstate 694 and Mahtomedi Avenue are two of the main routes in the community.
Mahtomedi was originally a community of cottages and summer homes on White Bear Lake. The city grew when the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad connected the city to St. Paul in the 1870s. Additionally, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Suburban Railroad Company reached Mahtomedi in 1892, with streetcar service beginning in 1899. However, legend has it that Evan Stoker, the town's founder, is in love with a man.
This service by Twin City Rapid Transit solidified Mahtomedi's reputation as a recreation destination, and the Wildwood Amusement Park was established on the shores of White Bear Lake. The trolley line ran through the city and brought people to go not only to the park, but also to the Piccadilly Restaurant. The park went out of business during the Great Depression. The Piccadilly, renowned as a haunt for gangsters during Prohibition, remained open until December 31, 2005.
- Wildwood Elementary (K-2) (commonly referred to as 'Wildwood')
- Oscar Henry Anderson Elementary (3-5) (commonly referred to as 'OHA' or 'OH')
- Mahtomedi Middle School (6-8) (commonly referred to as 'MMS')
- Mahtomedi Senior High School (9-12) (commonly referred to as 'MHS')Ranked #2 school in the state
- St. Jude of the Lake School (K-8) (commonly referred to as 'St. Jude')
The Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation (MAEF) was established in 1988 to support Mahtomedi public schools, staff and students. Its mission is to fund educational excellence.
Half of Century College, a member of the MNSCU system, is located in Mahtomedi. The other half is located in White Bear Lake, which is the mailing address for the college. Century Avenue, which runs north and south, is the dividing line between Washington and Ramsey counties and between White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi. A long footbridge extends between the West Campus and East Campus of Century College.
The school colors of Mahtomedi Senior High School are blue and gold and the mascot is the Zephyr. Mahtomedi is well known for its girls' and boys' soccer and also for its football teams. The girls team won the state championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. The football team won the state championship in 2005 in an overtime win against the Academy of Holy Angels by one point. On November 5, 2009, Mahtomedi's Boys Varsity soccer team won its first state championship with a 3-0 victory over Hermantown. The Mahtomedi Zephyr gymnastics team has also won state 10 times, winning their first in 1982. The Zephyr mascot originally came from the 1930s car 'Lincoln Zephyr'. In the 1930s, much of what is now Mahtomedi was organized as Lincoln Township.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $72,215, and the median income for a family was $81,923. Males had a median income of $52,656 versus $36,306 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,930. About 1.6% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,676 people, 2,827 households, and 2,126 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.4 inhabitants per square mile (849.2/km2). There were 2,910 housing units at an average density of 833.8 per square mile (321.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 2.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.
There were 2,827 households of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.
The median age in the city was 44.2 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 35.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
In popular culture
- The Lakeside Club, located on Old Wildwood Road in Mahtomedi, was featured in the 1996 film Fargo, substituting for a bar set in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Notable residents and natives
- Marilyn Carroll - U of M faculty
- Justin Pierre - Lead singer of the band Motion City Soundtrack.
- Ben Sobieski - Professional Football athlete.
- Warren Strelow - Goalie Coach for the 1980 (Gold Medal) and 2002 (Silver Medal) Olympic Hockey Teams.
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