St. Anthony, Minnesota

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City of St. Anthony
Saint Anthony Village
New urbanism on the site of former Apache Plaza
New urbanism on the site of former Apache Plaza
Nickname(s): The Village[1]
Motto: "A Village Within A City" and "A Walkable Community"[1]
Location of the city of St. Anthonywithin Hennepin and Ramsey Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of St. Anthony
within Hennepin and Ramsey Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°1′13″N 93°13′4″W / 45.02028°N 93.21778°W / 45.02028; -93.21778Coordinates: 45°1′13″N 93°13′4″W / 45.02028°N 93.21778°W / 45.02028; -93.21778
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin, Ramsey
Established (township) 1861
Incorporated 1945
 • Mayor Jerry Faust
 • Total 2.37 sq mi (6.14 km2)
 • Land 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (264 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,226
 • Estimate (2013[4]) 8,583
 • Density 3,656.0/sq mi (1,411.6/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 55401–55487
Area code(s) 612
GNIS feature ID [5]

St. Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony Village, is a city in Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the State of Minnesota. The population was 8,226 at the 2010 census.[6] About 5,000 residents live in the larger Hennepin County part of the city, while about 3,000 residents are in the Ramsey County part. The city is run by a five-member Council consisting of a mayor and four Council members who serve 4 year terms.

St. Anthony was also the name of the older twin city of Minneapolis, located across from downtown Minneapolis on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Minneapolis and St. Anthony merged in 1872. There is also a city named Saint Anthony in Stearns County.


Signage to the city

St. Anthony was formed as a township in 1861 and became a village in 1945. (All Minnesota villages became cities in 1974, but St. Anthony is still referred to popularly as St. Anthony Village.) The former St. Anthony Township once encompassed most of what is today Northeast Minneapolis. When Minneapolis annexed most of St. Anthony Township (and some other townships in other parts of the city) in 1887, the less than two square miles of what is now the Hennepin County portion of St. Anthony was not included and remained an unincorporated area until 1945.

St. Anthony was the home of Apache Plaza, the tenth indoor shopping mall in United States, which opened in October 1961. The second oldest, Southdale, was built only 15 miles (24 km) to the south and was completed in October 1956. The first being Lake View Store which opened in 1916 in Morgan Park, Duluth, Minnesota. Built in the 1950s, The St. Anthony Shopping Center was the first strip mall in the state of Minnesota and was owned by the Batista family of Cuba.[7]

In the spring of 2006, the St. Anthony Village High School Huskies claimed ISD 282's first major state Championship in Baseball. The Huskies also won the state Championship in Baseball in 2008. They have also won five Class AA state championships in Knowledge Bowl.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.37 square miles (6.14 km2), of which 2.25 square miles (5.83 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.[2]

One of the longest and most widely used streets in Saint Anthony is Silver Lake Road, named for Silver Lake in the northwest part of the city. Silver Lake Road runs the length of Saint Anthony from north to south. County Highway 88 also serves as one of the city's main routes. Interstate 35W skims through the south near the Saint Anthony Boulevard exit.

Saint Anthony is located four miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,406
1960 5,084 261.6%
1970 9,239 81.7%
1980 7,981 −13.6%
1990 7,727 −3.2%
2000 8,012 3.7%
2010 8,226 2.7%
Est. 2013 8,583 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 8,226 people, 3,848 households, and 2,054 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,656.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,411.6 /km2). There were 4,098 housing units at an average density of 1,821.3 per square mile (703.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 5.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 3,848 households of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.6% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 17.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 21.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 8,012 people, 3,697 households, and 2,007 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,513.8 people per square mile (1,356.8/km²). There were 3,812 housing units at an average density of 1,671.8 per square mile (645.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.58% White, 2.06% African American, 0.64% Native American, 4.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population. 20.5% were of German, 12.6% Norwegian, 10.5% Swedish, 8.7% Polish and 6.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 3,697 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.7% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,883, and the median income for a family was $62,500. Males had a median income of $43,043 versus $31,304 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,290. About 2.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


St. Anthony Middle/High School

St. Anthony is serviced by the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District, ISD #282. Wilshire Park Elementary School is the district's primary school. St. Anthony Middle School serves grades 6–8. St. Anthony Village High School serves grades 9–12. St. Charles Borromeo offers private education for grades K–8. St. Anthony Village High School is proud to announce a top ten ranking within the state of Minnesota, as reported in 2012 U.S. News and World Best High Schools. The report, released just this past week, states that the school has been awarded one of the 42 silver medals within the state of Minnesota, giving SAVHS a 9th place ranking in the state and a ranking of #563 in the nation. There are 786 high schools in the State of Minnesota and over 22,000 national public high schools. As stated in the article, Minnesota’s high school graduation rate is very high with many schools offering Advanced Placement options for students to earn college level credits while still in high school. Please see the article in its entirety at The University of Minnesota Acknowledges St. Anthony’s Rigorous Curriculum St. Anthony Village High School Principal Wayne Terry received a congratulatory letter from Dr. Wayne Sigler, Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota, for the school’s participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. “Our data shows that your high school ranks among the top in the state for the number of students who take AP coursework and then enroll at the University of Minnesota. The 14 students from St Anthony Village High School who enrolled at the U of M this year submitted 51 AP exam scores and earned a total of 239 credits at the U of M.” The letter can be found on For sports St. Anthony Village High School received the National Interscholastic Program of Excellence Award from Coach and Athletic Director magazine. At the School Board meeting on October 30, the award was formally presented to Troy Urdahl, Director of Activities, Athletics, and Facilities. Superintendent Laney explained, “We are one of two public high schools in the nation who were given this award.” St. Anthony Village High School won the award for public schools with less than 1000 students.

Coach and Athletic Director magazine conducted a national search for the best high school sports departments. “We wanted to identify athletic departments that weren't just about wins, but also strived for perfection in academics, coach certification, participation, etc.,” said Kevin Hoffman, Associate editor of Coach and Athletic Director magazine. A panel of judges reviewed nominations based on eight categories of achievements: participation rate, coaches certification, community service, Athletic Director national certification, scholar-athlete status, level of parent participation, sportsmanship, and other noteworthy accomplishments. Hoffman explained the panel received nominations from schools across the country and selected four honorees to receive the award—two awards for public schools and two awards for private schools, based on enrollment size. Hoffman presented the national award to Urdahl and Mr. Terry, Principal of St. Anthony Village High School, on Saturday, October 6, 2012, between the first and second quarters of St. Anthony Village High School’s homecoming football game. This article can also be found on St. Anthony also has a fantastic band program that goes from fifth grade up to senior year. The program includes several features like Patriots Marching band and Jazz bands. The goal of their music department is to

• To provide a well-grounded, literacy-based education in the art form of music;

• For students to experience through music of high artistic merit the qualities of self-expression, creativity, beauty, and inspiration, which will help them gain insight into themselves, music, and life;

•To foster a lifelong understanding and appreciation of music. All music information can be found on or or

Overview St. Anthony Village High School is ranked 3rd within Minnesota. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at St. Anthony Village High School is 70 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 21 percent. St. Anthony Village High School is the only high school in the St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools.

Rankings / Awards This details how this school compares to others based on U.S. News ranking criteria.

Medal Awarded- Gold

National Rank- #320

State Rank- #3

Students / Teachers These counts and percentages of students and teachers are from data reported by schools to the government.

Total Enrollment 668

Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 21%

Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 22%

Full-Time Teachers 35

Test Scores U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP®/IB exams).

proficient in Reading 87%

Proficient in Math 68%

College Readiness Index 53.2

School Data School profile information is based on government data.

Grades Served 9 – 12

Setting Large Suburb

Charter School No

Magnet School No Receives Title I Funding No

District This information relates to high schools run by this school's state operating agency. Many districts contain only one high school.

Total Schools 1

Total Students 668

Proficient in Reading (district average) 87%

Proficient in Math (district average) 68%

College Readiness (district average) 53.2

All of the Overview can be found on

Parks and recreation[edit]

St. Anthony has several parks operated by the city. The most notable of these is Central Park, located near the center of the city along the High School and Community Center, as well as the police station, fire station and water treatment plant. Several of the high school's athletic teams host home competitions in Central Park. Smaller parks include Emerald Park, Silver Point Park, and Trillium Park. Additionally, St. Anthony has a golf course maintained by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and a county park, Silverwood, maintained by the Three Rivers Park District.[9][10] Silverwood Park is on Silver Lake, which is almost entirely within the boundaries of St. Anthony.

Sister city[edit]

St. Anthony Village has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

St. Anthony dedicated a park, named Salo Park, to its sister city on June 8, 2006 in its Silver Lake Village development.

Islamic Center controversy[edit]

Medical device giant, Medtronic, built its old headquarters building in St. Anthony in 1960.

On June 12, 2012, the St. Anthony City Council voted by a 4 to 1 margin against a conditional use permit for the proposed Abu-Huraira Islamic Center, which was to be housed in the basement of the old Medtronic headquarters building located off Old Highway 8. The St. Anthony planning commission had approved the mosque project in a 5 to 1 vote a week earlier. The vote was justified based on the city's zoning and land use laws. According to the Twin Cities Star-Tribune newspaper, some of the 150 people in attendance spoke out against the proposal. The report also quoted Lori Saroya, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who said the decision "sends a message they [St. Anthony leaders] don't support freedom of religion and they don't support individuals' rights to build a place of worship."[11] In October 2011, the City Council rejected a Christian group from obtaining a conditional use permit in the city's light industrial district based on the same rationale.[12] A Star Tribune investigation discovered that the church was a Nigerian congregation and that racial and national origin discrimination may be at play, in addition to religious discrimination.[13] The U.S. Department of Justice assigned the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota to review the case.[14]

In September 2012, the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center closed on the purchase of the property.[15]

See also[edit]

  • H. Timothy ("Tim") Vakoc – former associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in St. Anthony, and the first U.S. military chaplain to die from wounds received in the Iraq War.


  1. ^ a b City of St. Anthony. "About St. Anthony". 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File – County Subdivision". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  7. ^ St. Anthony – Did You Know?
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Francis Gross Golf Course. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Accessed December 28, 2007.
  10. ^ Silverwood. Three Rivers Park District. Accessed December 28, 2007.
  11. ^ St. Anthony City Council rejects Islamic center plan
  12. ^ Fight for Saint Anthony Islamic Center Continues
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  15. ^ Sam Black, Old Medtronic headquarters is sold to Islamic group, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, September 6, 2012, accessed March 14, 2013.

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