EDINA, a city, originally part of Richfield Township until incorporated as a separate village on December 18, 1888. It was developed out of three different communities: the first, Richfield Mills, lying outside the boundaries of Edina, served as a trading center and the township seat; it had a gristmill and a store. The second a few miles west on Minnehaha Creek was Waterville Mills with a mill erected in 1856 and sold to Andrew Craik in 1869, a Scottish immigrant from Canada who renamed the enterprise Edina Mills, with a post office, 1881-1902. The third, Cahill Settlement, was established in the 1850s by Irish immigrants and retained a post office named Cahill for the period 1894-1902. The name was derived from the flour mill owned by Andrew and John Craik, who so named the mill in memory of their boyhood home, in or near Edinburgh, Scotland.



Edina is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, and a first-ring suburb situated immediately southwest of Minneapolis. Many major highways run through or are close to Edina, making it readily accessible to those within the metropolitan area. Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100 divide the City into four sections. U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 100 extend north and south. Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 62 extend east and west. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.5 km² (16.0 mi²). 40.8 km² (15.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (1.87%) is water. The elevation is 922 ft (281 m).



As of the census of 2000, there were 47,425 people, 20,996 households, and 12,870 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,162.6/km² (3,011.4/mi²). There were 21,669 housing units at an average density of 531.2/km² (1,376.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.28% White, 1.15% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. 21.9% were of German, 14.4% Norwegian, 10.2% Irish, 9.3% Swedish and 8.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 20,996 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,805, and the median income for a family was $114,673. Males had a median income of $67,011 versus $41,742 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,195. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.


Notable People

David W. Anderson – founder of Famous Dave’s restaurant chain
Lynsey Bartilson – actress
Dorothy Benham – Miss America, 1977[39]
Paris Bennett – American Idol contestant[40]
David Bloom – NBC television journalist
Terri Bonoff – member of the Minnesota Senate
Ward Brehm – chairman and founder, The Brehm Group, Inc.
Bud Brisbois – professional trumpet player
Corinne Buie – Clarkson Cup champion with the Boston Blades, Isobel Cup champion with the Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts
Lois McMaster Bujold – fantasy and science fiction author
Brian Burke (ice hockey) – NHL hockey executive
Austen S. Cargill II – member of the Cargill family
Curt Carlson – founder of Carlson Companies
Leeann Chin – founder of Leeann Chin Chinese Cuisine
Ike Davis – baseball player for the Oakland Athletics[41]
John Denver – singer/activist
R.A. Dickey – baseball player and Cy Young Award winner
Julia Duffy – actress known for Newhart[42]
Fredrik Eklund – real estate broker known for Million Dollar Listing New York
Joe Finley – professional ice hockey player with the Buffalo Sabres
Craig Finn – lead singer / rhythm guitarist for The Hold Steady
Mardy Fish – professional tennis player
Ric Flair – professional wrestler
Adam Goldberg – NFL tackle/guard[43]
Judith Guest – novelist and screenwriter
John Harris – amateur and professional golfer
Doron Jensen – founder of Timber Lodge Steakhouse
Richard A. Jensen – theologian and academic at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Ron Johnson – former CEO of J.C. Penney
Anders Lee – NHL center for the New York Islanders
Bobby Lee – American actor and comedian[citation needed]
Nicholas Legeros – bronze sculptor
Hilary Lunke – professional golfer
Jamie McBain – NHL defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes
Karl Mecklenburg – professional football player with the Denver Broncos
Bus Mertes – former professional football player and coach for the Minnesota Vikings
George Mikan – former professional basketball player for the Minneapolis Lakers
Lou Nanne – former NHL defenseman and general manager
Win Neuger – former CEO, chairman, and Director at AIG
Bill Nyrop – former NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens
Donald Nyrop – former president and CEO of Northwest Airlines
Greg Olson – former professional baseball player
Mary Pawlenty – attorney, First District Judge
Barbara Peterson – Miss Minnesota USA 1976, Miss USA 1976
Paul Peterson – musician and producer, The Family and The Time
Tom Petters – of Petters Group Worldwide
Carl Pohlad – former owner, Minnesota Twins
Jenny Potter – ice hockey player, Olympic gold medalist
Kirby Puckett – former center fielder for the Minnesota Twins
Paul Ranheim – former NHL forward
Kaylin Richardson – World Cup Alpine Skier, Olympian
Doug Risebrough – former General Manager, Minnesota Wild
Laura Rizzotto – singer, songwriter
Richard M. Schulze – founder and former chairman of Best Buy
Joe Senser – former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings
Jennifer Steinkamp – artist
Don Storm – Minnesota state senator
Christopher Straub – fashion designer and contestant on Project Runway 6
Michele Tafoya – sportscaster[44]
Robert Ulrich – former chairman and CEO of Target Corporation
Paul Westerberg – musician, frontman for The Replacements
Jeff Wright – safety for the Minnesota Vikings
Andrew Zimmern – chef, host of Bizarre Foods and Bizarre World
Jason Zucker – left wing for the Minnesota Wild

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