Andover, Minnesota

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Andover is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 26,588 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²), of which, 34.1 square miles (88.3 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (2.49%) is water. County Roads 9, 18, 78, and 116 are the main routes in the community. U.S. Route 10 is in close proximity to the city.

Crooked Lake is the only fully recreational lake in Andover. It is on the south border of the city with the majority of the lake actually in neighboring Coon Rapids.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,588 people, 8,107 households, and 7,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 779.6 people per square mile (301.0/km²). There were 8,205 housing units at an average density of 240.6/sq mi (92.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.48% White, 0.54% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 8,107 households out of which 55.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.28 and the average family size was 3.48.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.5% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,241, and the median income for a family was $78,785. Males had a median income of $50,248 versus $33,814 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,317. About 1.2% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


Andover was the site of a large train wreck which common local myth incorrectly cites as the source of the name of the city. The popular yarn is that a typographical error in a local newspaper stated that the train rolled over Andover, thus the name.[citation needed]

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