Golden Valley, Minnesota

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Golden Valley is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. It is a western suburb of Minneapolis and is the main corporate headquarters of General Mills and Pentair. Golden Valley is also the home of NBC affiliate KARE, the Perpich Center for Arts Education and Breck School. The population was 20,281 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.2 km²), of which, 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (2.76%) is water. The 45th parallel north runs through Golden Valley, coinciding approximately with Duluth Street.

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


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,281 people, 8,449 households, and 5,508 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,982.3 people per square mile (765.4/km²). There were 8,589 housing units at an average density of 839.5/sq mi (324.2/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.

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