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Shakopee, Minnesota

  •   State: 
    Scott County
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    44°46′47″N 93°31′38″W
      Area total: 
    30.21 sq mi
      Area land: 
    28.87 sq mi (74.77 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.35 sq mi (3.49 km²)
    830 ft (250 m)
    1857; Incorporated 1857
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,513.72 residents per square mile of area (584.45/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Shakopee (SHAH-k-pee) is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota, United States. It is located southwest of Minneapolis, on the south bank of the Minnesota River. Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.7 million people. The city is known for the Valleyfair amusement park and the Canterbury Park racetrack. In the 18th century, Chief ShakopEE of the Mdewakanton Dakota established his village on the east end of this area near the water. Trading led to the city's establishment in the 19th century. By the 1960s, the economy of the city was tied to that of the expanding metropolitan area. Significant growth as a bedroom community occurred after U.S. Highway 169 was realigned in 1996 toward the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge. In 2010, the city had a population of 37,076 people, 12,772 households, and 9,275 families living in the city. The population was 43,698 at the 2020 census. The river bank's Shakopees Historic District contains burial mounds built by prehistoric cultures. The area is home to the Veterans Memorial Park, which was built between 500 and 2,000 years old. The park is a National Register of Historic Places site, and the city is a member of the American Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service.


Shakopee is the primary city name, but also Prior Lake are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Shakopee, Minnesota. Burial mounds along the Minnesota River bluff, located within the present-day Veterans Memorial Park, have been dated between 500 and 2,000 years old. In 1851, Thomas A. Holmes established a trading post west of the Dakota and platted Shakopee Village in 1854. The city quickly grew, incorporating in 1857. It surrendered its charter in 1861 due to conflicts in the Dakota War. As tensions lifted, the city incorporated again in 1870. The western end was left in township status and was renamed as Jackson Township, Minnesota in 1861, likely after President Andrew Jackson. By the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, the Sioux tribe ceded land in 1851 and many relocated to Chief Shakopée II's village. The latter people had moved south to what was later assigned to them as the current Shakopees-Mdewakanton Indian Reservation in nearby Prior Lake. The village was commonly called the "village of the prairie" (published as tinta ottonwe) and was named after Chief ShakOpee II. It is now part of the city of St. Louis Park, which was established in 1858. The town's name is derived from the word "Shakopee," which means "shaky" or "shaking" in Dakota. It has a population of about 3,000. It was once known as "The Village of the Six," a permanent Dakota village south of the river, as acting as a boundary to the Ojibwa.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.32 square miles (75.94 km²) U.S. Highway 169 and nearby State Highway 13 connect Shakopee to the rest of the Minneapolis Saint Paul region. County Highway 101 serves as a major eastwest connector route of historic downtown ShakopEE. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which flows through the center of the city. The Mississippi River is a tributary of the Red River. The Red River and its tributaries flow through the city, which is located in the state of Minnesota. The U.N. World Heritage Site is in the city and is open to the public. It is also home to the Minnesota State Museum, which was established in 1894. The Minnesota State Library is also in the town and has a branch of the University of Minnesota, which opened in 1891. The University of Missouri-Shakopee has a chapter of the College of Arts and Sciences, which began in 1892. The College of arts and sciences is a division of Minnesota State University, Mankato. It was the first college to offer a bachelor's degree in history. The university also offers a master's degree program in history, in which students study the history and culture of the town. The college has a history of more than 100 years. It also has a museum of art and culture, which dates back to the 18th century. The museum's collection includes a collection of 19th century murals and other works of art.


As of the census of 2010, there were 37,076 people, 12,772 households, and 9,275 families living in the city. There were 13,339 housing units at an average density of 476.2 per square mile (183.9/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 77.0% White, 4.3% African American, 1.2% Native American, 10.3%. Asian, 4,5% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population. The median household income was $59,137 and the median family income was$66,885. The per capita income for the city is $25,128. About 3.6% of those under age 18 and 4.4%. of those age 65 or over are living below the poverty line. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.31. The city's median age is 32.2 years, and the city's population is 37.7%. The city has a population density of 1,323.7 inhabitants per squaremile (511.1/km 2) and a population growth rate of 3.1% from 2000 to 2010. It has a median age of 32 years, with the population growing at a rate of 2.4% per year. It is the only city in the state with a population of more than 30,000.


According to the city's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the top employers in the city are: The city's top employers are: City Hall, City Hall and City Hall. The city is also home to the U.S. State Department, which is the largest employer in the country. City's top employer is the city hall, followed by the city police department and the city fire department. City is home to one of the world's largest public sector unions, the United States Postal Service, which employs more than 10,000 people. City residents are responsible for more than 80% of city's tax revenue, according to the CAFR. City workers are the largest source of income for the city, with more than half of all city jobs coming from non-farm jobs. City employees are the biggest source of revenue for the town's government, with over half of its tax revenue coming from state and local government. City taxpayers are the second-largest source of city revenue, with nearly $1.2 billion. City businesses are the third- and fourth-largest employers, respectively, after the city government and the state. City business is the fourth- and fifth-largest employer, with a total of more than 1,000 employees. City unemployment is the lowest in the state, at 0.7%. City's unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, at 6.7 percent. City has the highest unemployment rate in the United State, at 5.7 per cent.

Arts and culture

The Landing is an 88-acre (360,000 m2) historic village located on the Minnesota River, representing Minnesota life from the 1840 to 1890. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival recreates a fictional 16th Century "England-like" fantasy kingdom. Downtown Shakopee features numerous boutiques and restaurants, an old-fashioned bakery, Turtle's 1890 Social Center, riverside concerts, and summertime bi-weekly classic car shows. Canterbury Park is a horse racetrack and card club. The Scott County Historical Society Museum features the historic 1908 Stans House. It is located in the town's historic downtown area, near the intersection of Interstate 35 and I-90. The town is also home to the Minnesota State Fair, an amusement park, and a horse-racing track. It also has a number of other tourist attractions, such as the Valleyfair amusement park and the St. Louis County Museum of Natural History. The city is home to a variety of museums, including the Minnesota Museum of Nature and Science, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Scott County History Museum, which is located near the downtown area. The state's largest public library is the University of Minnesota-Shakopee, which has a collection of more than 2,000 books. It was founded in 1876. The City of ShakopEE was founded on the site of the former town hall, which was built in 1881. It has been named after the city's first mayor, who died in 1883.


The U.S. House of Representatives and the Shakopee City Council make up the Minnesota delegation to the United States Congress. The ShakopEE City Council is made up of the mayor and the vice mayor. The state legislature is made of the state's senators and representatives. The county board of commissioners is composed of the county commissioners and the city council members. The mayor and vice mayor are elected for a four-year term. The city council is elected for three-year terms. The council is also elected for an eight-yearterm. The governor of Minnesota is elected to a term of office of up to four years. The U.N. Security Council is the council's highest-ranking body. It is the first council to be elected to the council in more than 30 years. It was elected to its current term in 2008. The first council member was elected in 1978. The current council member is elected in 2008 in her second term. In 2010, the council elected a new council member in her third term. This is the fourth council member to serve in the council since the council was formed in 1978, and the fifth in the city of Shakopees. The last council member served in the previous term in 1978 in his fourth term in his second term in the state legislature. In 2008, he was re-elected in his third term in a fourth term, and he was elected again in his fifth term in 2010. In 2012, he won a seat on the council. He is now serving in his sixth term.


Shakopee Public Schools (ISD 720) include five elementary schools, two middle schools and one senior high school. Living Hope Lutheran School is a Christian Pre-K-8 school. Shakopee has a campus of the Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, a private career college. The city is also the location of the ShakopEE Area Catholic Schools. It is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, about 30 miles from the city of Wausau, the state capital of Wisconsin. The town has a population of about 7,000 people. It has an average income of about $30,000 per year, and a median household income of around $50,000. The school district has a student population of around 7,500. The average teacher salary is about $60,000, and the average student size is about 12.5 students. The high school graduation rate is about 70%. The average student weight is about 1.8 pounds (4.3 kilograms). The average high school graduate is about 25 pounds (9.2 kilograms) The average middle school student is about 30 pounds (12.4 kilograms) and theaverage high schooler is about 35 pounds (13.2 kg) The city has a high school football team (ShakOpee High School). The high schools have a football team of about 30 players. The football team has a team of around 30 players (including two walk-ons). The school has a football field with a capacity of about 1,500 students.

In popular culture

Shakopee celebrates "Derby Days", named for the horse racing tradition of the city's history. The Daily Show reported on the then fence-less women's prison in Shakopee, and arguments between citizens wanting or not wanting a fence. The city was the setting for a Saturday Night Live sketch in 2012, and in 2013 about the fictitious Hip-Hop station 'B108FM' The city is also the setting of a popular reality TV show, "ShakOpee", which airs on PBS stations in the U.S. and on the CW Network in Canada. The town is also featured on the reality TV series, "American Housewife", which is based in the city. The show is based on the town's history of being home to the first American Housewife, who was born in 1858. It is also known as "The City of Shakopees" and "The Town of ShakOpee" in Canada and the United States, and has been featured on "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 and 2013, and on "The Daily Show" in 2013. It also appears on "American Idol" in the show's fourth season, as the host of a reality show called "America's Housewife" The city also features on the TV series "The Voice", which has been on the air since 2007. The channel has also appeared on "Larry King Live" since 2010, and "This Is Life with Larry King" since 2011. It has also been featured in "The Colbert Report" in 2011 and 2012.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota = 78.6. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 7. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 100. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Shakopee = 3.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 43,698 individuals with a median age of 32.4 age the population grows by 71.04% in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,513.72 residents per square mile of area (584.45/km²). There are average 2.71 people per household in the 12,799 households with an average household income of $72,943 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.70% of the available work force and has dropped -2.96% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.38%. The number of physicians in Shakopee per 100,000 population = 74.2.


The annual rainfall in Shakopee = 29 inches and the annual snowfall = 41.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 93. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 195. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 49, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota which are owned by the occupant = 80.37%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 9 years with median home cost = $149,000 and home appreciation of -21.12%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.44 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,233 per student. There are 17 students for each teacher in the school, 522 students for each Librarian and 1487 students for each Counselor. 8.50% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.98% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.37% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Shakopee's population in Scott County, Minnesota of 2,047 residents in 1900 has increased 21,35-fold to 43,698 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.31% female residents and 49.69% male residents live in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota.

    As of 2020 in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota are married and the remaining 35.77% are single population.

  • 24.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Shakopee require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.64% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.40% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.95% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.30% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, 80.37% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.01% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.63% are vacant.

  • The 43.21% of the population in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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