Location of the city of Robbinsdale
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
|• Mayor||Regan Murphy|
|• City||2.98 sq mi (7.72 km2)|
|• Land||2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2)|
|• Water||0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)|
|Elevation||873 ft (266 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||14,263|
|• Density||5,001.1/sq mi (1,930.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0650164|
Shortly after the Minnesota Territorial Legislative Assembly created Hennepin County in 1852, John C. Bohanon filed the first claim in the Township of Crystal Lake. Railroads didn't reach the area until 1880. A flag station was established near the farm of Alfred Parker and six years later he donated land for a depot. The community that grew around it came to be known as Parker's Station. In 1887 Minneapolis made an effort to secure more taxable property by annexing neighboring townships. In response, Crystal Lake farmers incorporated the Village of Crystal. Later that year, entrepreneur and real estate developer, Andrew B.Robbins came to Parker's Station on behalf of an Illinois business interest. Robbins had a nose for opportunity and as a former state senator and the brother-in-law of lumber baron, Thomas Barlow Walker, he was well connected and well financed. Robbins purchased 90 acres (360,000 m2) to the west of Lower Twin Lake. He platted much of the area as the Robbinsdale Park subdivision. The summer of 1888 brought the first land boom. New industries moved in and a large Lutheran Seminary was built and Robbins began work on on his Northern Car Company. The trolley manufacturing firm would eventually employ 150 people. In 1890 the Robbins built a 16 room Queen Anne-style mansion on Lower Twin Lake. After he moved his family in Robbins gathered investors and built the Hubbard Specialty Manufacturing Company. The firm made chairs and wheelbarrows. Despite his connections, Robbins was unable to persuade the Minneapolis Street Railway Company to extend a streetcar line up West Broadway. In 1891 he organized the North Side Street Railway Company and built his own line from the Minneapolis city limits to Robbinsdale Park. The street cars were pulled by horses until the line was converted to electricity. Robbins' development efforts led to tension between farm families and residents near the village center. A special election was held and a vote to dissolve the Village of Crystal carried unanimously. On April 19, 1893, the new 2.9 square mile village of Robbinsdale was organized.
Fawcett Publications was founded in 1919 in Robbinsdale with the publication of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. This history is echoed in Robbinsdale's annual summer celebration, Whiz Bang Days.
Robbinsdale is home to North Memorial Medical Center. Besides being one of the state's Level 1 Trauma Centers, it also operates AirCare, an air medical transport service. They have five flight bases around Minnesota.
Robbinsdale is served by Robbinsdale Area Schools. Schools located in Robbinsdale include:
- Lakeview Elementary School
- Robbinsdale Middle School
- Spanish Immersion School (K–5)
- Sacred Heart Elementary School
- Robbinsdale High School (Closed 1982)
- Robbinsdale Cooper High School
- Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,953 people, 6,032 households, and 3,375 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,001.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,930.9 /km2). There were 6,416 housing units at an average density of 2,299.6 per square mile (887.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.5% White, 13.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.
There were 6,032 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.0% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.3% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,123 people, 6,097 households, and 3,524 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,076.0 people per square mile (1,961.5/km²). There were 6,243 housing units at an average density of 2,243.8 per square mile (867.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 5.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.1% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 6,097 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $48,271, and the median income for a family was $57,185. Males had a median income of $37,406 versus $30,771 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,912. About 2.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Barry Darsow – Pro wrestler – Demolition Smash, Repo Man, etc.
- Greg Gagne – Former professional wrestler and son of Verne Gagne
- Verne Gagne – Former professional wrestler and owner of the American Wrestling Association
- Dennie Gordon – Actress
- "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig (1958–2003) – Former professional wrestling champion
- Marjorie Johnson – A popular "Blue Ribbon Baker" who has won over 2,500 fair ribbons and appeared on multiple talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
- Nikita Koloff – Pro Wrestler – Scott Simpson 1977 graduate of RHS.
- Bam Neely – Current professional wrestler
- "Mean" Gene Okerlund – Former announcer/interviewer for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling.
- Mike Opat – politician, Hennepin County Commissioner for District 1 since 1992 and current chair of the Hennepin County Board.
- Brittany Petros – Actress – appeared in the first season of the CBS Big Brother USA season 1 reality TV show.
- "Ravishing" Rick Rude (1958–1999) – Former professional wrestling champion, who competed with NWA, WCW, and WWE. 1976 graduate
- Kathryn Leigh Scott – Playboy Bunny turned actress who appeared on American Broadcasting Company soap opera Dark Shadows.
- H. Timothy ("Tim") Vakoc – First U.S. military chaplain to die from wounds received in the Iraq War.
- Bee Vang – Actor in Gran Torino
- Blake Wheeler – Forward for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League
- Steve Zahn – Actor, attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School. Appeared in Rescue Dawn and Riding In Cars With Boys'
- Tom Zenk – Former professional wrestling champion, who competed with NWA, WCW, and WWE
- Alec Richards – Professional hockey player, Chicago Blackhawks GK
- Dean Peters – Former professional wrestler, who competed with WCW and WWE as Brady Boone & Battle Kat.
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- Robbinsdale by Peter James Ward Richie p.7 Arcadia Publishing, July 2014
- Xamoua. ""Gran Torino" interview with Bee Vang." Hmong Today at Twin Cities Daily Planet. January 27, 2009. Retrieved on March 14, 2012.
- "The Robbinsdale Historical Society"
- City website
- North Memorial Medical Center
- Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days site
- "Birdtown Robbinsdale Blog"
- "Informal survey of the websites of Robbinsdale merchants"