9 Reasons Eden Prairie MN is a Great Place to Live
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with its gently rolling hills and 17 lakes is a great place to call home. Eden Prairie, sprawled along the north bank of the Minnesota River, contains 32.45 square miles of land and 2.73 square miles of water.
The population according to the 2010 census is 57,792 and the median home price as of November 2014 is $306,300 up 4% from the previous year according to Zillow. Read More...
1. Eden Prairie is Nationally Recognized
Money Magazine named Eden Prairie the best place to live in America in 2010! Not a city who rests on its laurels, it ranked 3rd in Money’s 2012 survey and in a biannual random survey conducted by the city, residents gave their community a 99% quality of life rating!
2. Easy Access to the Big City
A location 12 miles west of downtown Minneapolis means an easy commute for work or play. Should you prefer to explore uptown options for dining and entertainment you are a mere 10 miles away!
3. Economy and Corporate Presence
If you need a job, Eden Prairie has them. Companies such as Supervalu, Digital River, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, MTS Systems Corporation and the Minnesota Vikings help keep the unemployment rate at 2.5%, lower than the state of Minnesota average of 3.2% and the national average of 5.8% (Nov. 2014 per Homefacts)
4. Eden Prairie has Great Schools
Your child will receive a great education in a public school system, 5 star rated and ranked #24 in the state. Education is provided by 3 public school districts, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, and Hopkins with Eden Prairie Schools serving the vast majority of students. Another option is Eagle Ridge Academy, a charter school offering a classical liberal arts curriculum for K-12. There are also 3 private school options available.
5. Low Crime Rate
The Crime Rate has been lower than both the Minnesota and National average. It’s important to feel safe where you live.
6. Love the Outdoors in Eden Prairie
For those who love the outdoors, there are 37 parks, 5 special use facilities, 120 miles of bike trails and 13 miles of nature trails, 15 conservation areas and 7 historic sites. Additionally you can enjoy the regional parks at Bryant Lake and Anderson Lakes which are managed by the Three River Park District.
Activities offered at include archery, disc golf, skating rinks, sledding hills and ski trails. There are places to let your dog run free, community gardens available for planting your favorite veggies, and 3 beaches where you can swim, launch a boat, grill and picnic, or just relax in the sun.
7. Something for Everyone
From toddlers to seniors there is something to inspire and motivate all ages of residents across a wide range of interests.
The Community Center is open daily and includes a skating rink, a pool and a gym. Stay fit with an exercise or yogi class, work out in the weight room, or play a fast paced game of racquetball. Rental options for the facility are also available.
Why not take a class or a workshop at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, a restored cabin located on Staring Lake. Attend a Star Watch Class or explore the night sky at the Staring Observatory, explore your artistic side with a drawing or painting class offered at the Eden Prairie Art Center, join the community theater or play in the community band.
At the Senior Center residents can enjoy a game of cards, take a class, join a discussion group, do Tai Chi or just enjoy socializing with other seniors.
8. Shop in Eden Prairie Center
Your family can shop till they drop at Eden Prairie Center. Anchored by Kohl's, Sears, Target, JC Penny, and Von Maur, this two level mall also features many specialty shops and services.
For all your grocery needs from simple to gourmet you can chose from Cub, Byerly's, Jerry’s or Kowalski’s.
9. Great Local Dining and Entertainment
From casual family dining to an elegant and romantic dinner for 2, you will find an eclectic assortment of restaurants in and around Eden Prairie. After lunch or dinner catch a movie at Eden Prairie Center or try your hand at bowling or billiards at the Brunswick Zone.
Eden Prairie, a community with a small town feel yet offering big city amenities and recognized both nationally and locally as a great place to work, play, and raise children. This city deserves a good look as a potential home for you and your family!