Shakopee, Minnesota

Shakopee, Minnesota

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Shakopee, Minnesota
settlement_type = City

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image_blank_emblem = ShakopeeMN.jpg

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map_caption = Location in Scott County and the state of Minnesota

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = Minnesota
subdivision_name2 = Scott
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = John Schmitt
established_title = Founded
established_title2 = Incorporated
established_date =
established_date2 = 1857
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 73.7
area_total_sq_mi = 28.5
area_land_sq_mi = 27.0
area_land_km2 = 69.9
area_water_sq_mi = 1.5
area_water_km2 = 3.8
area_water_percent = 5.10
population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes = cite web| title=Twin Cities Region Population and Household Estimates, 2006 | url= | format=PDF | date=2006-04-01 | publisher=Metropolitan Council | accessdate= 2007-07-24] cite web |title=Table 2: Population Estimates for the 100 Most Populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas Based on July 1, 2006 Population Estimates: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 |publisher=U.S. Census Bureau |url= | format = PDF | date = 2007-04-05 |accessdate=2007-04-16]
population_total = 29335
population_metro = 2968805
population_urban =
population_density_km2 = 419.7
population_density_sq_mi = 761.7
timezone = Central
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = Central
utc_offset_DST = -5
latd = 44 |latm = 47 |lats = 53 |latNS = N
longd = 93 |longm = 31 |longs = 37 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 234
elevation_ft = 770
website = []
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 55379
area_code = 952
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 27-59350GR|2
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Shakopee (pronEng|ˈʃɑːkəpi "SHOCK-a-pi") is a suburb 17 miles (26 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis in the U.S. state of Minnesota and is the county seat of Scott County. Located on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The Metropolitan Council estimate for the population of the City of Shakopee in 2006 was 29,335.

Ancient and modern, the city was once the village of Chief Shakopee of the Mdewakanton Dakota and native burial mounds along the river bank are estimated to be over 2,000 years old. Later the city boomed during the 19th century as a commerce exchange site between river and rail at Murphy's Landing. Today it is home to two of the metro's largest attractions, Valleyfair! amusement park and the Canterbury Park horse racetrack. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is associated with Shakopee though it is located in nearby Louisville Township.

A growing bedroom community, the city is connected to the metro area by U.S. Route 169 and County Highway 101.


Records indicate that a Dakota Indian village was located east of the present day city of Shakopee. The village was called Teen-tah-o-tan-wa, “village of the prairie”, and was the home of summer bark lodges, winter tipis and cornfields. The Minnesota River acted as a natural and beautiful boundary with the Ojibway to the north. The tribal leader of Teenatahotonwa was Chief Shakopee (pronounced Shah-kPa-dan or Shakpay). The City of Shakopee is named for him. The burial mounds near the Minnesota River are a reminder of the length of Indian presence and the rich heritage and tradition of the city’s original inhabitants. The mounds, estimated at over 2,000 years old, are located in Memorial Park in Shakopee.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.5 square miles (73.7 km²), of which, 27.0 square miles (69.9 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (5.10%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 20,568 people, 7,540 households, and 5,360 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.7 people per square mile (294.1/km²). There were 7,805 housing units at an average density of 289.0/sq mi (111.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.61% White, 1.33% African American, 0.94% Native American, 2.41% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.14% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.40% of the population.

There were 7,540 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 38.8% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $59,137, and the median income for a family was $66,885. Males had a median income of $41,662 versus $32,244 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,128. About 1.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


Shakopee public schools include five elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school and one senior high school. The elementary schools are:
* Pearson Elementary
* Red Oak Elementary
* Sun Path Elementary
* Sweeney Elementary
* Eagle Creek ElementaryStudents grade 6 and 7 attend Shakopee Middle School. Shakopee Junior High is home to grades 8 and 9 while Shakopee Senior High houses grades 10 through 12.

Shakopee is also the home of the [ Shakopee Area Catholic Schools] and hosts a campus of Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, a private career college offering programs in business, health sciences, legal sciences, multimedia & design and information technology.


Shakopee is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, represented by John Kline, a Republican, scoring 2.8% progressive on a range of issues [cite web| last = Grossman| first = Joshua| title = ProgressivePunch Leading with the Left| work = All Issues| publisher = ProgressivePunch|url =| accessdate = 2007-09-08] and 88% conservative based on 2006 House votes. [cite web | title = ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006| publisher = American Conservative Union | date = 2006 | url = | accessdate = 2007-09-08]
* State Representative District 35A [ Mike Beard]
* Sate Senator District 35 [ Claire Robling]

Shakopee is home to Gayle Quinnell, a 75-year-old woman who made national news by calling Barack Obama an arab at a John McCain rally. Asked to elaborate, Quinnell stated that his father was a Muslim and that Obama "had Muslim in him."

Popular Culture

Shakopee was mentioned in the 2006 film Cars (film) when a character said she once went to Shakopee for "the crazy days".


External links

* [ City of Shakopee Website]
* [ "Shakopee News "]

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