Community Profiles: St. Louis Park & Golden Valley

Minneapolis suburbs thrive with activity during the summer. From water sports to holiday celebrations to community events, there’s always something going on. Nowhere is that more true than in the two communities we’re profiling this month: St. Louis Park and Golden Valley. Located within the first ring of Minneapolis suburbs, these communities make it easy to take full advantage of everything a summer in Minneapolis and its surrounding areas has to offer.

St. Louis Park

Bumping up against the hip Minneapolis neighborhood of Uptown along its southeast corner, St. Louis Park attracts a demographic of young professionals who bring some of the Uptown energy into the community. The town’s proximity to the urban centers of Uptown and Downtown make it an attractive choice for young families who are ready to start settling down but want to maintain easy access to social activities, dining, and entertainment in the city. Public transportation is convenient from St. Louis Park, appealing to those who commute to work downtown. The suburb is home to seven public schools, each of which has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

Population: 47,502
Median Home Value: $253,670
Median Household Income: $65,151
Distance from Minneapolis: 7 miles

Golden Valley

Golden Valley is a smaller-sized suburb to the west of Minneapolis. Home to corporate offices of General Mills, Pentair, and Honeywell, as well as NBC’s Minneapolis affiliate station KARE, Golden Valley attracts a population of corporate professionals. While Golden Valley’s population is only 20,000, more than 30,000 people work in the suburb. Golden Valley is a well-educated community. Over 50% of adult residents hold a college degree and many choose to send their kids to Breck School, an accredited independent college-preparatory school located in the area. Parks and community spaces make up over 15% of Golden Valley’s land area, and the Parks & Recreation board maintains an active schedule of community events. The city’s official slogan “Urban Style. Suburban Tranquility. Community Spirit.” captures well what life is like in this idyllic suburb.

Population: 20,866
Median Home Value: $289,456
Median Household Income: $82,325
Distance from Minneapolis: 7.5 miles

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