9 Reasons Hopkins MN is a Great Place to Live
Located in Hennepin County, land area is 4.08 square miles and water covers a .03 square mile area. Population according to the 2010 census is 17,591, median home price as of August 2015 is $192,900 up 2.5% from the previous year according to Zillow. Hopkins is a small town with a large presence and a lot to offer in amenities. Here are my 9 great reasons which make it a great place to call home.
1. Hopkins is Affordable
Looking for a good deal? With the median home price at $192,900 for a single family home, and when you compare that to surrounding communities that is a pretty good deal for a Twin Cities suburb! We recently listed 2 home for sale in Hopkins and they were under contract in a matter of days!
2. Hopkins Enjoys Convenient Metro Access
A location 10 miles southwest of Minneapolis makes commuting to the city for work or play a piece of cake. And trendy uptown is only 5 miles east! So take in a Twins game at Target Field or listen to the Minnesota Pops at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and you are only 20 minutes away! Where ever you want to be in the Twin Cities Metro, your not far away from Hopkins!
3. Shop Downtown Hopkins
Hopkins has a charming Main Street downtown shopping area reminiscent of a bygone era. Here you will find quality retail shops offering antique, fashions, art, and jewelry. Love downtown and its great walkability factor? There are options for apartment rentals, condos and town homes downtown as well. If you are yearning for that shopping mall experience, Eden Prairie Center is just 8 miles southwest of town and Southdale Center in Edina is the same distance to the east!
4. Hopkins is the Raspberry Capital of America
There is always some event or happening year round in Hopkins. In summer there is Music in the Park and the Farmers Market that is ongoing through the fall. The annual Raspberry Festival in July began in 1935 and has become a Twin Cities tradition! Featuring it’s own royalty, a search for the Golden Raspberry, a parade and family day it is a very popular event! Get the complete lowdown on the official festival website.
5. Hopkins Is About community
The Center for the Arts – located in downtown, is a focal point for the arts, culture and entertainment. Check out the calendar of theater, concerts, art exhibitions, classes and other events available.
The Depot – a renovated train station that now serves as a coffee house and trailhead for area bike trails. This unique program has a Board of Directors consisting of high school students. This youth project provides an opportunity for younger citizens to get involved as they create their own space to relax, learn and have some fun. Profits go back to the community to provide programs for teens.
Hopkins Activity Center – a community facility featuring a gym, kitchen and meeting rooms. This is the home of the Senior Citizen Program. It serves as an area for socializing, recreation, education, fitness and volunteer activities.
6. Parks and Recreation
The Hopkins Public Works Department maintains 19 parks and nature areas in the community. In warm weather months parks offer athletic fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, areas for skateboarding, swimming, tennis, archery, canoeing, fishing and more for your family to enjoy. When the weather turns cold there is ice skating, sledding and cross country trails. The area also offers some great options for regional trails for biking, hiking, and enjoying nature.
7. Hopkins Schools
The Hopkins School District includes 5 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools, and one high school. Also available are 2 charter schools, The International Spanish Language Academy and Main Street School for Performing Arts. There are also 5 private school options in the area.
8. You're Safe in Hopkins
The Crime Rate is lower than both the state and National average for crime. It’s important to feel safe where you live.
9. Hopkins at Work
The unemployment rate of 5.1%, considerably lower than the Minnesota unemployment average of 6.6% and the national average of 7.9%
Hopkins has a small town feel and a great Main Street and downtown area. A convenient location, great schools, full range of services, endless options for recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment make it a great place to live. Areavibes rates Hopkins a 79 – extremely livable and I could not agree more! Start your search for homes in Hopkins now!