Oakdale, Minnesota

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Oakdale is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States, on the eastern side of the Twin Cities metro area. The population was 26,653 at the 2000 census. Oakdale is the 31st largest city in Minnesota, in terms of population.

The city of Oakdale today is the result of a consolidation of Oakdale and Northdale Townships in the 1970s, and continued to annex land well into the 1990s.

Oakdale lies entirely within the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district, but the city's students are split into two high schools. Tartan High School is located within the city's boundaries, and serves the southern half of Oakdale. The city's northern residents are served by North High School in North St. Paul.

Imation World Headquarters is located in Oakdale. Nearby 3M Headquarters employs many residents of the city.

Oakdale, Minnesota is currently the most populous of all municipalities that share the name 'Oakdale' in the United States.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.2 km²), of which, 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.86%)is water. Interstates 94 and 694 and Minnesota State Highways 5, 36, and 120 are five of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,653 people, 10,243 households, and 7,129 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,408.4 people per square mile (929.6/km²). There were 10,394 housing units at an average density of 939.2/sq mi (362.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.21% White, 2.29% African American, 0.36% Native American, 2.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 10,243 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

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