Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 50,365 at the 2000 census. Maple Grove serves as the retail, cultural and medical center of the northwest region of the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area. One of the Twin Cities largest shopping centers is located in Maple Grove, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.

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History

Winnebago Indians were the only inhabitants in the area of Maple Grove until 1851 when Louis Gervais arrived and settled. Four years later, in 1855, city growth included a church, town hall and many homes. The city was known for its large stands of maple trees and was, therefore, a significant source for maple syrup.

With the completion and major upgrades to Interstates 94 / 694, 494, and U.S. Route 169, Maple Grove has grown at a rapid pace since the 1970s. Maple Grove has grown into one of the most populous cities in the Twin Cities area and identified as one of the fastest growing cities in the state.[3] The community is completely different than the quiet, overlooked suburb it was until development ramped up in the 1990s.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.0 square miles (90.5 km²), of which, 32.9 square miles (85.1 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it (5.95%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 50,365 people (10th largest city in Minnesota), 17,532 households, and 13,955 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,532.3 people per square mile (591.6/km²). There were 17,745 housing units at an average density of 539.9/sq mi (208.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.74% White, 1.05% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population. 31.9% were of German, 14.0% Norwegian, 8.5% Swedish and 7.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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