Top Employer: Best Buy HQ 5,200</li></li></ul><li>About the City<br /><ul><li>One of the most affluent suburbs in the Metro Area, Eden Prairie is a dynamic community of residents of all ages. Recently ranked as one of Money Magazine’s ten “Best Places to Live in America,” the city is experience tremendous growth and is cementing itself as a cornerstone in Twin Cities real estate.
Here you will find a community whose motto of “Live, Work, Dream” is a precise description of those residents who make Eden Prairie their home. </li></li></ul><li>History<br /><ul><li>Eden Prairie might be an economically and vibrant city nowadays but this has not always been the case. For most of its existence, Eden Prairie was a sleepy, pastoral village on the far southwestern fringes of the Twin Cities area.
The City owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, an East Coast writer who visited the area and proclaimed it to be the garden spot of the territory. American Indians were the first to live in the area. In 1851, a treaty opened land west of the Mississippi River to settlement allowing pioneers to settle in what is now Eden Prairie.</li></li></ul><li>History<br /><ul><li>Eden Prairie's farming community grew slowly over the years. Flying Cloud Airport was the first sign of big development in 1946. The 1960s and 1970s were decades of growth for the City's parks and recreation system. In the mid-'70s, the community earned a higher profile with the addition of Interstate 494 and the Eden Prairie Shopping Center.
Today, Eden Prairie is home to more than 2,200 businesses, nearly 19,000 households and some 62,000 residents.</li></li></ul><li>Economy<br /><ul><li>Eden Prairie’s has proven itself a haven for businesses and this is evident with the presence of establishments like Super Value Grocery, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Shipping Logistics (both classified as Fortune 500 companies), ADC Telecommunications, Fargo Electronics, Lenox Group, Minnesota Vikings, Starkey Laboratories and SurModics pharmaceutical delivery systems to name a few.
Life is very comfortable for Eden Prairie resident with a family median income of $105,177 compared to the best places to live average family income of only $76,893. The purchasing power of the residents amounts to $81,343 compared to the best places to live purchasing power of $68,109.
Eden Prairie has 2,699 restaurants, 35 movie theaters, 114 bars, 135 public golf courses, 61 libraries, 4 museums and 13 ski resorts. </li></li></ul><li>Real Estate<br /><ul><li>Eden Prairie is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the Twin Cities area. Its per capita income ranks 19th in the country at nearly $39,000, and its median household income is ranked 23rd at over $78,000. The poverty rate of Eden Prairie is extremely low, as is its crime rate.
As you can imagine, these factors make Eden Prairie real estate some of the most sought-after in the surrounding area, particularly for those with families who are looking to stay in the area. </li></li></ul><li>Real Estate<br /><ul><li>Some of the most beautiful architecture can be found here, with many luxurious mansion estates and multi-story homes currently available to buy. Many of these homes are fairly new, as Eden Prairie’s expansion has really taken off in the last couple of decades.
Plenty of wonderful single-family homes are also available, many with spacious yards for your children to enjoy or to invite your friends over for a barbecue.
If you don’t need as much room, there are a number of condominium developments that are more contained, yet still spacious and affordably priced.
Eden Prairie is a clean, safe neighborhood, perfect for those looking to raise a family in the Twin Cities at a relaxed pace.</li></li></ul><li>Education<br />Public Schools<br />Eden Prairie currently operates eight schools. Unlike other school districts in the state, Eden Prairie has an intermediate school (Oak Point) for grades five and six. Eden Prairie High School is the largest high school in the state, with approximately 3,300 students, and is near the grounds of Round Lake Park. <br />Charter Schools<br />Eden Prairie has one publicly funded charter school, Eagle Ridge Academy. This college preparatory school currently offers a rigorous classical liberal-arts curriculum to grades 6-11, with 12th grade added in the 2007-8 school year.<br />
Education<br />Private Schools<br />Eden Prairie has one private school, The International School of Minnesota, which offers a private education for students from preschool through grade 12.<br />Colleges<br />There are three technical colleges in Eden Prairie:<br />Hennepin Technical College has an enrollment of roughly 7,000 full- and part-time students. The college offers day and night classes.<br />ITT Technical Institute specializes in courses on information technology, electronics, and drafting and design. ITT Technical Institute has an enrollment of approximately 170 students.<br />Rasmussen College specializes in business management, health, and technology. This campus opened on July 3, 2006, and replaced its former Minnetonka location.<br />
Attractions<br /><ul><li>Eden Prairie is surrounded by 2,250 acres of parks and 1,300 acres of preserved space giving Eden Prairie plenty of area to explore. Eden Prairie's park system includes over 36 parks providing picnic areas, swimming, fishing, and a giant tube slide at Staring Lake Park. </li></li></ul><li>Attractions<br /><ul><li>If golf is your thing then the privately-owned 18-hole Bearpath Golf and Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus would be an ideal weekend destination. The golf course has a naturally lush environment. </li></li></ul><li>John MazzaraRE/MAXAssociates Plus7300 France Ave SSuite 410Edina, MN email@example.com://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com<br />For further real estate information or to begin your home search:<br />