Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The population was 61,567 at the 2010 census but has been growing rapidly since then, as 2018 US census estimates rank Maple Grove as Minnesota’s eighth largest city with 71,807 residents. Maple Grove serves as the retail, cultural and medical center of the northwest region of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. One of the Twin Cities’ largest shopping centers, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, is located in Maple Grove. Additionally, Maple Grove is also home to the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, which is the largest Hindu temple in the state.
Winnebago 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 Pierre Bottineau House was the first wood frame house built in Maple Grove Township in 1854. The house has been moved from its original location and is currently located in the Elm Creek Park Reserve. 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 Interstates94 / 694, 494, and U.S. Highway 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. Maple Grove was also named the second best place to live in 2014 by Money magazine.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.03 square miles, of which 32.64 square miles is land and 2.39 square miles is water. There are thirteen named lakes in the city: Arbor Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Cook Lake, Eagle Lake, Edward Lake, Fish Lake, North Arbor Lake, Mud Lake, Pike Lake, Rice Lake including its Outlet and West Bay, Teal Lake, Weaver Lake, and West Arbor Lake.
Maple Grove is home to a regional Boston Scientific research, development and manufacturing facility, employing over 3,000 people. Other major employers include the Independent School District 279 and the city of Maple Grove.
The city is home to a 2,000-acre gravel mining area owned by Tiller Corporation and C.S. McCrossan. Active since the 1920s, the GMA is slowly being developed into a residential and commercial downtown. The first phase included Main Street, a collection of one- and two-story buildings with storefronts built in new urbanist (or neotraditional) style. The second phase was generally considered to be the Shoppes of Arbor Lakes and the third phase was the Fountains at Arbor Lakes.
Minnesota’s first so-called ‘lifestyle center’, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, is designed in the spirit of a mid-century American village and includes stores such as Pottery Barn, Brooks Brothers, Williams-Sonoma, GoodThings, Hot Mama, Teavana, Anthropologie, P.F. Chang’s, World Market, and numerous other upscale stores. This lifestyle center was built in 2003 and has been replicated in Woodbury, Minnesota (Woodbury Lakes). Maple Grove’s Shoppes at Arbor Lakes is 412,000 square feet in size and is home to more than 65 stores and restaurants.
The most recent Arbor Lakes development is a hybrid power center development called The Fountains at Arbor Lakes. At 850,000 square feet, this retail complex includes stores such as Costco, Caribou Coffee, Subway, DSW, Lowe’s, REI and a Holiday Inn & Suites with a water park. The Fountains also includes Minnesota’s most energy efficient building, Great River Energy Headquarters.
Maple Grove’s most recent development, The Grove, is located at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Maple Grove Parkway. This district is home to the new North Memorial/Fairview hospital complex, SuperTarget, Home Depot, Slumberland and other stores. The central portion of the project is designed to be pedestrian-friendly and encourage a small-town atmosphere within the larger scale of the development.
Maple Grove is home to more retail than nearly any other city in the state, second only to Bloomington, the home of the Mall of America. Maple Grove itself is likely to have nearly 6 million square feet of commercial development at build-out, which may soon push the city into the number one spot for retail square-footage. One prominent retail complex is the Grove Square shopping mall, which has a JCPenney anchor store. Opus Northwest, the developer of the property, selected the location of the initial property development because “it’s the first major city in upstate Minnesota” and serves as “a major hub for that submarket” drawing consumers from the entire upstate region.
Maple Grove is served by a city counsel consisting of a mayor and four counsel members who all serve four year terms. City Council members serve at large. City elections coincide with the general elections held in the fall of all even numbered years. Mark Steffenson is the current Mayor and has served since June 2001.
The first town hall was authorized and built in 1877 and was used until 1939. In 1974, Maple Grove became a city. A new town hall was constructed on Fernbrook Lane. The first city council meeting was held in this building on August 4th, 1975. The current Government Center opened in October 2000.
On May 6th, 1974 the city council voted to establish a volunteer fire department. In 1986, the original fire station was closed and two new stations were built. Currently there are five fire stations in the city.
Maple Grove is located in the 7th District of Hennepin County. The commissioner for the 7th district is Jeff Johnson.
Representative Kristin Robbins, a Republican (District 34A) and Kristin Bahner, a Democrat (District 34B), represent the city in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Republican senator Warren Limmer also represents Maple Grove in the Minnesota Senate.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,111, and the median income for a family was $89,966. Males had a median income of $52,187 versus $37,021 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,544. About 0.8% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those aged 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 61,567 people, 22,867 households, and 17,222 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,886.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 23,626 housing units at an average density of 723.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.4% White, 4.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 6.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 22,867 households of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.7% were non-families. Of all households, 19.3% were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the city was 37.6 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.7% were from 45 to 64; 7.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
As of the census 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. There were 17,745 housing units at an average density of 539.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White 1.05% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.52% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the populations. 31.9% were of German, 14.0% Norwegian, 8.5% Swedish and 7.9% Irish ancestry.
There were 17,532 households out of which 46.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. Of all households, 15.8% were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.