Golden Valley
Golden Valley Library
Golden Valley Library
Location of Golden Valley within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Golden Valley
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°59′33″N 93°21′33″W / 44.99250°N 93.35917°W / 44.99250; -93.35917
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyHennepin
Founded1886
IncorporatedDecember 17, 1886
Government
 • TypeCouncil / Manager
 • MayorShep Harris
Area
 • City10.54 sq mi (27.30 km2)
 • Land10.20 sq mi (26.41 km2)
 • Water0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
Elevation856 ft (261 m)
Population
 • City22,552
 • Estimate 
(2022)[4]
21,545
 • Density2,211.63/sq mi (853.87/km2)
 • Metro
3,693,729
Time zoneUTC–6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC–5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
55416, 55422, 55426, 55427
Area code763
FIPS code27-24308
GNIS feature ID0644201[2]
Websitegoldenvalleymn.gov

Golden Valley is a western and first-ring suburb of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 22,552 at the 2020 census.[3] The city is mostly residential and is bordered by U.S. Highway 12 (Interstate 394). Over 15% of the city is parks or nature reserves.[5] The Floyd B. Olson Memorial Highway runs through the heart of the city, providing a direct route to Minneapolis's industrial district.[6]

Golden Valley is the main corporate headquarters of General Mills, a major flour milling and food products company originally located in Minneapolis. It is also the site of the U.S. headquarters of Pentair and local NBC affiliate KARE. The city was also home to the former Minneapolis-Honeywell headquarters, which is now the Resideo Technologies corporate offices.[7]

History

Ojibwe and Sioux tribes had encampments on nearby Medicine Lake. The first white settlers arrived in the early 1850s.[8] Golden Valley was incorporated on December 17, 1886. In the early 20th century, it was mostly a farming community.[9]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 10.55 square miles (27.32 km2), of which 10.20 square miles (26.42 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2) is water.[10]

The 45th parallel north runs through Golden Valley, coinciding approximately with Duluth Street.

Interstate 394, U.S. Highway 169, and Minnesota State Highways 55 and 100 are four of the main routes in the area.

Education

The chapel at Breck School, a private Episcopal school in Golden Valley

Most children who live in Golden Valley attend school in the Robbinsdale School District or the Hopkins School District, as all of the city's territory belongs to one or the other. Some students attend public schools in other districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.[11]

Golden Valley High School was founded in 1957, and the adjacent Golden Valley Middle School opened in 1964.[12] Both closed in the early 1980s after the Golden Valley School District merged with the Hopkins School District. Carl Sandburg Junior High School opened in 1959. In 1988, it became Sandburg Middle School.[13] In 1981, the Breck School, a private Episcopal school, purchased the former Golden Valley High School and Middle School property and moved from Minneapolis to the campus of the former Golden Valley schools.

King of Grace Lutheran School is a Christian preschool, elementary school, and middle school of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Golden Valley.[14]

There is also a private elementary Catholic School named Good Shepherd Catholic School. Its name was changed in 2006 from Parkvalley Catholic.

What is now the site of the Perpich Center for Arts Education was originally Golden Valley Lutheran College, which closed in 1985.[15]

Economy

General Mills' corporate campus in Golden Valley.

Major employers in the city include:[16]

Golden Valley's population is around 22,000, but more than 30,000 people work there,[25] because of the presence of large employers including General Mills, Honeywell, and Pentair.

Top employers

According to the City's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[26] the city's largest employers are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 General Mills, Inc. 4,500
2 Allianz Life Insurance Company 1,800
3 OptumHealth 1,700
4 Honeywell Incorporated 1,700
5 G.H. Tennant Company 729
6 M.A. Mortenson Company 600
7 Courage Center 450
8 Preferred One 368
9 Liberty Carton 360
10 Breck School 338

Demographics

A deer in a Golden Valley neighborhood
Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1860301
18701,173289.7%
18802,752134.6%
1890509−81.5%
190068033.6%
19106921.8%
192083019.9%
19301,32059.0%
19402,04855.2%
19505,551171.0%
196014,559162.3%
197024,24666.5%
198022,775−6.1%
199020,971−7.9%
200020,281−3.3%
201020,3710.4%
202022,55210.7%
2022 (est.)21,545[4]−4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[27]
2020 Census[3]

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,371 people, 8,816 households, and 5,417 families living in the city. The population density was 1,997.2 inhabitants per square mile (771.1/km2). There were 9,349 housing units at an average density of 916.6 per square mile (353.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.4% White, 7.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 8,816 households, of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 45.7 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,281 people, 8,449 households, and 5,508 families living in the city. The population density was 1,982.3 inhabitants per square mile (765.4/km2). There were 8,589 housing units at an average density of 839.5 per square mile (324.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.07% White, 3.59% African American, 0.29% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.

There were 8,449 households, out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,063, and the median income for a family was $75,899 (these figures had risen to $77,976 and $87,828 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $49,890 versus $35,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,094. About 0.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Golden Valley is a statutory city, where the mayor votes with the city council. Golden Valley operates under the council–manager form of government. The city council sets the policy and overall direction for the city, and appoints a city manager to serve as administrator. The city manager directs city staff in carrying out council decisions and providing services.[28]

The mayor serves a four-year term. There are four council members serving staggered four-year terms. Two council seats are up for election every two years, in odd-numbered years. The council members run citywide; there are no wards. The current mayor is Shep Harris. The current city council includes Maurice Harris, Denise La Mere-Anderson, Gillian Rosenquist and Kimberly Sanberg.[29]

Politics

Golden Valley is in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ilhan Omar, a Democrat. The city is split between two state legislative districts: 46A, represented by Representative Larry Kraft and Senator Ron Latz, and 45B, represented by Representative Patty Acomb and Senator Kelly Morrison. All four are Democrats.

Presidential election results
Precinct General Election Results[30]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 22.7% 3,590 75.1% 11,896 2.2% 348
2016 24.1% 3,313 68.0% 9,365 7.9% 1,093
2012 32.8% 4,595 65.3% 9,153 1.9% 262
2008 32.7% 4,564 65.9% 9,205 1.4% 208
2004 36.9% 5,138 61.9% 8,610 1.2% 163
2000 36.9% 4,792 57.0% 7,402 6.1% 793
1996 35.5% 4,347 56.6% 6,926 7.9% 973
1992 32.7% 4,486 47.9% 6,575 19.4% 2,673
1988 49.6% 6,666 50.4% 6,785 0.0% 0
1984 54.8% 7,541 45.2% 6,231 0.0% 0
1980 46.6% 6,347 40.6% 5,522 12.8% 1,745
1976 54.4% 7,266 43.8% 5,841 1.8% 239
1972 61.3% 7,491 37.3% 4,553 1.4% 168
1968 51.7% 5,680 45.6% 5,013 2.7% 302
1964 50.5% 4,749 49.2% 4,629 0.3% 25
1960 61.6% 4,422 38.3% 2,749 0.1% 10
1956 67.9% 3,368 31.7% 1,571 0.4% 21

Notable people

This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources in this section. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Golden Valley, Minnesota
  3. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2022". United States Census Bureau. January 17, 2024. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  5. ^ "About us - Golden Valley, MN". Golden Valley, Minnesota Government.
  6. ^ "Minnesota's Officially Named Highways". North Star Highways. October 15, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  7. ^ "Our Locations". www.pentair.com. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  8. ^ Golden Valley Historical Society (1986). Golden Valley: A History of a Minnesota City. pp. 3–4.
  9. ^ Upham, W. 190. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  12. ^ Golden Valley Historical Society (1986). Golden Valley: A History of a Minnesota City. p. 25.
  13. ^ "Sandburg Middle School – History". Sandburg Middle School. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "School Home — King of Grace Lutheran Church and School". Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Higher Learning Commission".
  16. ^ "City of Golden Valley - About Golden Valley". Archived from the original on August 16, 2000.
  17. ^ "Global Floor Cleaning Machines & Services | Tennant Company". www.tennantco.com.
  18. ^ "General Mills: A U.S. based food company. - General Mills". www.generalmills.com.
  19. ^ "English". www.pentair.com.
  20. ^ "Contact Us | Minnesota United FC". MLS. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  21. ^ Garten, Wolf. "Best Lawn & Garden Tools | Garden Equipment from BlueStone Garden". Wolf Garten USA.
  22. ^ "NYSE, New York Stock Exchange > Listings > Listings Directory". Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "UnitedHealth Group". www.nndb.com. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  24. ^ "USFamily.Net". usfamily.net. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  25. ^ "City of Golden Valley, MN: Business Overview". Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  26. ^ "City of Golden Valley 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). April 26, 2023. p. 183.
  27. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  28. ^ "City Manager's Department". Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  29. ^ "City of Golden Valley, MN: City Council Members". Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  30. ^ "Minnesota Secretary Of State - Election Results". www.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  31. ^ "Arlandson, John R. - Legislator Record - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present". www.lrl.mn.gov. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  32. ^ Justin, Neal (November 13, 2007). "Neal Justin: Scott Burns' ultimatum". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  33. ^ Justin, Neal (August 1, 2017). "Minnesota's Kelly Lynch tapped into high-school 'horror' stories for new Stephen King project". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  34. ^ "Aaron Sele". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved November 26, 2022.

Further reading

Media related to Golden Valley, Minnesota at Wikimedia Commons

45°00′35″N 93°20′57″W / 45.00972°N 93.34917°W / 45.00972; -93.34917