Hopkins, Minnesota

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Hopkins, Minnesota
Downtown Hopkins
Downtown Hopkins
Official seal of Hopkins
Location of Hopkins within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Hopkins
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°55′50.77″N 93°24′6.09″W / 44.9307694°N 93.4016917°W / 44.9307694; -93.4016917Coordinates: 44°55′50.77″N 93°24′6.09″W / 44.9307694°N 93.4016917°W / 44.9307694; -93.4016917
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1893 (as West Minneapolis)
IncorporatedJanuary 1, 1948 (as Hopkins)
 • MayorJason Gadd
 • Total4.09 sq mi (10.60 km2)
 • Land4.06 sq mi (10.52 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,030 ft (314 m)
 • Total17,591
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,546.53/sq mi (1,755.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
55305, 55343, 55345
Area code(s)952
FIPS code27-30140[4]
GNIS feature ID0645180[5]
WebsiteCity of Hopkins

Hopkins is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, located west of Minneapolis. The city is four square miles in size and is surrounded by the larger, west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, and Edina. Hopkins is approximately 98% developed with little remaining vacant land. The population was 17,591 at the 2010 census.[6]

U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota State Highway 7 are two of the main routes in the area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.11 square miles (10.64 km2), of which 4.08 square miles (10.57 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[7] There are several small ponds on the western side of Hopkins, and creeks to the north and south. One of these creeks includes Minnehaha Creek. The north branch of Nine Mile Creek has its headwaters in Hopkins at the intersection of 13th Avenue South and Excelsior Boulevard.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)18,468[3]5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
View of Mainstreet (the local spelling) in downtown Hopkins.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 17,591 people, 8,366 households, and 3,975 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,311.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,664.7/km2). There were 8,987 housing units at an average density of 2,202.7 per square mile (850.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.4% White, 13.5% African American, 0.6% Native American, 8.5% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.9% of the population.

There were 8,366 households, of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.5% were non-families. 43.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 34.4 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census,[4] there were 17,145 people, 8,224 households and 3,741 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,205.9 per square mile (1,622.5/km2). There were 8,390 housing units at an average density of 2,058.2 pe square mile (794.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.61% White, 5.19% African American, 0.78% Native American, 5.92% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.58% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.54% of the population. 23.9% were of German, 12.4% Norwegian, 7.4% Irish and 7.1% Swedish ancestry.

There were 8,224 households, of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.5% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.85.

19.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 37.2% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median household income was $39,203 and the median family income was $50,359. Males had a median income of $37,541 versus $30,687 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,759. About 8.1% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


Hopkins has a much lower homeownership rate than neighboring communities. The city's 39 percent homeownership rate is 22 percentage points less than the 61 percent of St. Louis Park, which has the next lowest rate among Hopkins’ neighbors.[9] Other west metro communities fall in the mid-70 percent range.

Housing also tends to be cheaper than most west metro communities. Hopkins’ $225,200 median value is the lowest among its neighbors.[9] The median housing value for St. Louis Park, which is next lowest, is 6.75 percent higher at $240,400.


City charter[edit]

Hopkins’ government structure is set by its city charter. Hennepin County district court judges appointed the first Hopkins Charter Commission on February 8, 1946, in order to create a proposed charter that would be voted on.[10] The commission submitted the proposed charter to the Village Council on November 4, 1947. Voters approved the charter December 2, 1947. The charter has been amended numerous times since then, most recently in October 2012.[11]

Government structure[edit]

The charter specifies that Hopkins use a council-manager plan. The council controls city administration but does so exclusively through the city manager.[12] The charter contains an “interference with administration” clause that expressly forbids the council from telling the city manager whom to hire or preventing the city manager from using his or her judgment to make administrative appointments.[11] It also prohibits the council from issuing orders to any of the city manager's subordinates.

Mayor and council[edit]

The council is made up of the mayor and four council members elected at-large. The mayor serves a two-year term in office. Council members have four-year terms—with two of the seats on the ballot in one election and the other two seats up in the following election. Regular elections take place in odd years.

The mayor votes on all motions before the council like the council members. The position is also the head of the city for ceremonial purposes, serving legal processes and martial law.

The mayor is paid $6,000 per year and council members are paid $4,600 per year.[12] The current salaries were set in 1998.

Presidents and mayors[13][edit]
Presidents Mayors
C.L. Hopkins (1893-1894) Joseph Vesely (1948-1949)
Fred Souba (1895-1897) W. Harlan Perbix (1950-1953)
D.E. Dow (1898) Joseph Vesely (1954-1955)
Fred Souba (1899-1900) Dr. F.M. Madden (1956-1957)
Paul Swenson (1901-1907) W. Harlan Perbix (1958)
G.W. Moore (1908) Donald Milbert (1961-1963)
Paul Swenson (1909) John Hanley (1965-1969)
Emil Anderson (1910) Henry Pokorny (1970-1975)
Paul Swenson (1911-1913) Jerre A. Miller (1975-1981)
A.J. Hentschel (1914) Robert F. Miller (1981-1985)
G.W. Moore (1915-1921) Ellen Lavin (1985-1987)
J.W. Pemberton (1922) Donald Milbert (1987-1989)
Paul Swenson (1923-1926) Nelson W. Berg (1989-1993)
Anton A. Olson (1927-1928) Chuck Redepenning (1993-1999)
M.B. Hagen (1929-1931) Eugene Maxwell (1999–2015)
G.W. Moore (1932-1935) Molly Cummings (2016–2019)
Anton A. Olson (1936-1937) Jason Gadd (2019–present)
E.V. Manchester (1938-1939)
Dr. F.M. Madden (1940-1947)

City manager[edit]

The city manager is the chief administrator of the City of Hopkins. The Hopkins City Council appoints the city manager for an indefinite period and may remove the manager at any time.

Subordinate employees[edit]

The charter specifies just two other administrative positions by name. It requires the city to have a clerk, who is subordinate to the city manager, and allows for, but doesn't require, a city attorney to advise the council on legal matters.

However, the charter specifies that the city manager can create city departments and divisions and alter them when necessary. Hopkins has seven departments, each with a department head that reports to the city manager.[14] The departments are:

  • Administration
  • Community Services (Assessing, City Clerk, Inspections)
  • Finance
  • Fire
  • Planning & Economic Development
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Recreation (operated jointly with Minnetonka, Minnesota)


Harley H. Hopkins, namesake of Hopkins, in 1855, note the revolver.

The first settlers of Hopkins arrived in 1852[15] as land around the growing Minneapolis–Saint Paul area was opening up and being explored by members stationed at Fort Snelling. However, the roots of the town begin in 1887 with the building of the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, later called Minneapolis-Moline, to make farm equipment. At the time, Minneapolis Moline employed most of the Hopkins residents. In 1887, the West Minneapolis Land Company was founded and formed to build housing for the Minneapolis Moline factory workers.

In 1893, residents of Hopkins sent the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners a petition signed by 41 residents, asking that a separate village be formed from unincorporated portions of then-Minnetonka and Richfield Townships. Following an election, the community was then incorporated as the Village of West Minneapolis with a population of 1,105. The original village consisted of about three square miles, and it has been enlarged by annexation to its present size of about four square miles.

The Hopkins train station, which determined the town's eventual name, is now a student-run coffee house.

In 1928, the name of the village was changed to Hopkins after Harley H. Hopkins, who was among its first homesteaders and was the community's first postmaster. Mr. Hopkins allowed the town to build the train depot on his land (now The Depot Coffee House) with the agreement that the train station would say "Hopkins" on it. People getting off the train assumed the name of the town was Hopkins and it stuck. On January 1, 1948, the village became the city of Hopkins, upon adoption of a council–city manager charter.


  • 1852 – First settlers arrived
  • 1862 – First school, Burnes, built
  • 1887 – Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company built
  • 1893 – November 7, 1168 people incorporated the village of West Minneapolis
  • 1893 – December 9, first city-council elected
  • 1899 – Streetcar arrived in Hopkins
  • 1928 – July 7, village name changed to Hopkins
  • 1929 – Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company becomes Minneapolis-Moline
  • 1934 – Hopkins business people organized the first Hopkins Raspberry Festival
  • 1947 – December 2, Hopkins became a city through the adoption of a city charter

Hopkins Raspberry Festival[edit]

The Hopkins Raspberry Festival is an annual event in Hopkins. The Hopkins Raspberry Festival was founded in 1935 as a way to boost business during the Great Depression of the 1930s. A date of July 21 was chosen to hold the event to coincide with the peak of raspberry-picking season. The festival now takes place the third weekend in July every year.

The Raspberry Festival is overseen by a board of directors supported by many additional volunteers and local civic organizations each year. Since its inception, it has evolved into a dynamic community celebration with activities including music, sporting events, royalty coronations, craft fair, and parade.


Public schools[edit]

The Hopkins School District serves all or parts of seven Minneapolis west suburban communities: Hopkins, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Plymouth, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Saint Louis Park. Approximately 8,100 students attend seven elementary schools (Ksixth grade), two junior high schools (7th9th grade), and one high school (10th12th grade). Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute, as some students from outside Hopkins school district enroll in Hopkins schools on that basis.[16]

Schools in the Hopkins School District
Elementary schools Junior high school Senior high school
Alice Smith Elementary Hopkins West Junior High[1] Hopkins High School[1]
Eisenhower Elementary Hopkins North Junior High [1]
Gatewood Elementary[1]
Glen Lake Elementary[1]
Katherine Curren Elementary (Closed and being rented)
Meadowbrook Elementary[2]
L.H. Tanglen Elementary[1]
  1. ^ located in Minnetonka
  2. ^ located in Golden Valley

Private schools[edit]

The Blake School

There are two private schools in Hopkins:

  • The Blake School: A large private school with several campuses throughout the Twin Cities was founded in Hopkins, and the Blake Campus in the city houses both the Middle School and one of its two Lower Schools.
  • Agamim Classical Academy

Charter schools[edit]

  • Mainstreet School of Performing Arts (MSSPA): A performing arts school that focuses on the three major performing arts areas; music, dance and theater. The school opened in 2004. Grades 9–12.
  • Ubah Medical Academy is a charter high school currently leasing space in the Katherine Curren Elementary building. The school was chartered in 2003 and was previously housed in Minneapolis.
  • International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA): A K–6 Spanish immersion community (founded in 2007)

Notable people[edit]

  • Aaron Brown – American broadcast journalist on ABC and CNN.[18] Most recognized for his coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Daniel Grodnik (movie producer) - Writer/producer of more than 65 films including, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation', former Chairman/CEO of The National Lampoon and an adjunct professor in producing at the University of Southern California and Chapman University. Went to Alice Smith grade school and Hopkins High. Lettered in Ski jumping.
  • Walter Bush – As a national leader in the growth and development of amateur and professional hockey elected to the U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • David Carr – Media and culture columnist for The New York Times.[20] Author of a memoir and best seller ‘’The Night of the Gun.’’ Early in his journalist career he was the editor of the ‘’Twin Cities Reader,’’ a weekly alternative newspaper in Minneapolis.
  • John Hardgrove – Wisconsin State Assemblyman.
  • Samantha Harris – Television hostess and actress. Her most prominent role was as E! Entertainment correspondent and a Dancing with the Stars co-host.
  • John B. Keefe - Minnesota state legislator, lawyer, and judge.
  • Peyton Manning - Veteran quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner. Peyton Manning attended Tanglen Elementary School in Hopkins during the time his father, Archie Manning, quarterbacked for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Adele Parkhurst - Soprano concert singer in the 1920s.
  • BeBe Shopp – Miss America - 1948. Noted for her expertise on the Vibraharp. First Miss American to travel abroad and to be crowned in an evening gown, not a swim suit. In 2009 she and five of her "Pageant Sisters" went to Afghanistan to entertain and support the troops. For the past few years, she has lent her talents performing and staging shows for "Share The Music," which produces programs from the American Song Book and Broadway.
  • Joshua Anderson - Joshua "Wandering hands" Anderson made his first debut in the public scene by placing first in a local fishing contest in Hopkins, to then subsequently be arrested for sexually assaulting multiple teen aged girls.[17] Originally from Hopkins, his arrest took place in Rochester, MN.


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  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved April 23, 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Community Profile". Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "City Charter". Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Charter of the City of Hopkins, Minnesota" (PDF). Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "City Council Structure & Salaries". Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  13. ^ Hopkins Historical Society; Beverly O. Ewing, Editor (2002). Hopkins Minnesota Through the Years. Hopkins, Minnesota: Hopkins Historical Society. ISBN 0-9727014-0-0.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "City Departments". Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  15. ^ City of Hopkins website Archived December 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, City History webpage
  16. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  17. ^ David, Kim. "Rochester Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenager". KROC News. KROC AM News. Retrieved February 4, 2021.

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