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Lakeville, Minnesota
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Lakeville City Hall
Flag of Lakeville, Minnesota
Location of the city of Lakeville
within Dakota County, Minnesota

Lakeville, Minnesota is located in Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Location of Lakeville City Hall
within the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area
Coordinates: 44°38′59″N 93°14′33″W / 44.64972, -93.2425Coordinates: 44°38′59″N 93°14′33″W / 44.64972, -93.2425
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor Matt Little
 • City 37.83 sq mi (97.98 km2)
 • Land 36.06 sq mi (93.39 km2)
 • Water 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 55,954
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 58,562
 • Density 1,551.7/sq mi (599.1/km2)
 • Metro 3,502,891
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55044
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-35180
GNIS feature ID 0646445[4]
Website City of Lakeville

Lakeville /ˈlkvɪl/ is a suburb 23 miles (37 km) south of downtown Minneapolis in Dakota County in the State of Minnesota. On the Twin Cities metropolitan area's southern fringe, Lakeville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area.[5] The U.S. Census Bureau recorded its population at 55,954 in 2010.[6][7]

Lakeville lies along Interstate Highway 35. With that link to the Twin Cities and undeveloped land, it has grown rapidly. Lakeville first became notable in 1910 when Marion Savage built the Dan Patch Railroad Line to service his Antlers Amusement Park.[8] It later became a flourishing milling center; its agriculture industry is still in operation. While many of Lakeville's workers commute northward to Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and more central suburbs like Bloomington, Lakeville has had major industry since the 1960s—including the Airlake Industrial Park, which is served by Airlake Airport, a regional reliever airport.


The Sioux people ceded most of southern Minnesota in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851. A military road was constructed between Fort Snelling and the southern forts. In 1855, J.J. Brackett, a Saint Paul lumber baron and mail carrier using the road, decided to plat a site halfway between Saint Paul and Saint Peter on a lake he named Prairie Lake. The village was established as Lakeville Township in 1858. Notoriety came when Colonel Marion Savage expanded his entertainment business into constructing Antlers Amusement Park in 1910. Riding on fame from his success with the Dan Patch racing horse and the popularity of the park, the lake was renamed Lake Marion, and the rail line servicing the park named the Dan Patch Railroad Line.[9]

With the mostly rural landscape, early settlers were farmers and this owed to a high percentage of Scandinavians. The other group included Irish, Scots, and English who had spread out from Hamilton Landing and Burnsville. In Karen Miller's diary from 1840 to 1895, Danes reportedly outnumbered Norwegians and travel to Minneapolis was not uncommon for the rural township.[10] Enggren's Grocery was a downtown staple since 1900 until it closed in 2006.[11]

The later 20th century followed typically for the outer-ring suburban Twin Cities with official incorporation as the City of Lakeville in 1967. The agriculture industry continued to sustain itself as postwar development did not immediately absorb Lakeville (as well as Interstate 35's later completion date). In the early 21st century, housing and population increases were due to rising land costs in the metropolitan area, causing Lakeville to become a boomtown.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.83 square miles (97.98 km2), of which 36.06 square miles (93.39 km2) is land and 1.77 square miles (4.58 km2) is water.[1] Lakeville includes the Argonne Farms post-World War I settlement project which failed in the early 20th century and was redeveloped in the 21st century into typical suburban retail. Since it was a semi-autonomous village within Lakeville Township before the city's incorporation, it continues to appear today on maps as Argonne.[12]

As its name implies, Lakeville contains several lakes as well as smaller ponds and wetlands within its borders. The two largest lakes include Lake Marion and Orchard Lake, which are used heavily for recreation such as fishing, boating, and swimming. Smaller named natural lakes include Kingsley Lake and Lee Lake. Valley Lake is a small man-made lake in the northern part of the city.

A branch of the Vermillion River flows through Lakeville. Its headwaters are just west of the city limits in Credit River Township, and it flows eastward across Dakota County until it empties into the Mississippi River at the Wisconsin border. Much of Lakeville drains into the Vermillion River watershed. North Creek, a major tributary of the Vermillion, begins its flow in northern Lakeville and flows eastward to meet the Vermillion near downtown Farmington just east of Lakeville. The Vermillion River has been designated as a trout stream by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 108
1890 258 138.9%
1900 373 44.6%
1910 385 3.2%
1920 474 23.1%
1930 522 10.1%
1940 543 4.0%
1950 628 15.7%
1960 924 47.1%
1970 7,556 717.7%
1980 14,790 95.7%
1990 24,854 68.0%
2000 43,128 73.5%
2010 55,954 29.7%
Est. 2013 58,562 35.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2013 Estimate[3]

2010 census[]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 55,954 people, 18,683 households, and 15,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,551.7 inhabitants per square mile (599.1 /km2). There were 19,456 housing units at an average density of 539.5 per square mile (208.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.3% White, 2.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 18,683 households of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 18.9% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.32.

The median age in the city was 34.8 years. 31.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 5.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.

2000 census[]

As of the census of 2000, there were 43,128 people, 13,609 households, and 11,526 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,192.4 people per square mile (460.4/km²). There were 13,799 housing units at an average density of 381.5 per square mile (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.26% White, 1.28% African American, 0.38% Native American, 2.01% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 13,609 households out of which 56.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 37.8% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $72,404, and the median income for a family was $76,542 (these figures had risen to $90,014 and $96,662 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $51,405 versus $33,071 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,492. About 1.5% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Shops on Lakeville's "Main Street"

Lakeville is served by the Airlake Airport, which has a single runway with an ILS approach. The airport is managed by the Metropolitan Airports Commission as a reliever facility to draw general aviation traffic. The FAA operates the Minneapolis ARTCC (air route traffic control center) in Farmington, several miles away from the airport. This center provides traffic control services for Minnesota and surrounding states.

Large farms are still in operation, producing most of their revenue in corn, soybeans, and dairy cattle.

Government and politics[]

The Lakeville city hall in summer

The City of Lakeville is governed by a five member City Council, including a Mayor, although a City Administrator runs day to day municipal operations. A professional police force and volunteer fire department protect the city's residents. The city operates a large parks department which includes a senior center, an entertainment center, dozens of various neighborhood and community parks, and many miles of multipurpose trails.

Lakeville is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, represented since 2003 by John Kline, a Republican. Lakeville is represented in the Minnesota Senate by District 36 Senator Dave Thompson, and in the Minnesota House primarily by District 36A Representative Mary Liz Holberg and, in the eastern part, by District 36B Representative Pat Garofalo.


The city is served by three different school districts, whose boundaries were determined while the community was largely agricultural. Today Independent School District 196 ("Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan") and Farmington School District 192 serve parts of northern and eastern Lakeville. Most Lakeville households are served by Lakeville Area School District 194. In the fall of 2005, the Lakeville School District opened its second high school, Lakeville South. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.[14] Lakeville North was a Blue Ribbon school of excellence in 2009.[15][16] Each high school has nearly 2,000 students.[17] There are eight public elementary schools[18] and three public middle schools. Century Middle School students go on to Lakeville North,[19] McGuire Middle School students to Lakeville South,[20] and Kenwood Middle School students to either, depending on their neighborhood of residence.[21][22]


Lakeville has many recreational opportunities. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains a total of 62 public properties, including neighborhood and community parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, greenways, trails, tennis courts, skating rinks, picnic areas, conservation areas, nature areas, several public fishing areas, swimming beaches, the City's Central Maintenance Facility, Senior Center, and the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Notable parks include Ritter Farm Park, North Park, Antlers Park, King Park, Valley Lake Park, and Aronson Park, which features a Veterans Memorial.

Antlers Beach features a large swimming beach with volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, a playground area, water equipment, a picnic area, a fishing pier, and horseshoe pits. Orchard Lake Beach has a picnic area, shore fishing, playground equipment, and volleyball courts. Valley Lake Beach includes playground equipment, a picnic area, a walking trail around the lake, a fishing pier and seasonal restrooms.

An inside joke and meme of Lakeville is the notorious 'Walking Stick Man' who can often be seen casually walking down 205th Street, shirtless and holding his stick, waving at all passing cars.


Notable people[]

  • Elisabeth Bachman, Olympic volleyball player
  • Todd Bachman, CEO of Bachman's, killed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008
  • Andy Belmont and Joey Miller, NASCAR drivers
  • Kevin Kaesviharn, pro football player
  • John Kline, U.S. Representative
  • Paul Krause, Pro Football Hall of Famer
  • Bradley Ellingboe
  • Janelle Pierzina, Big Brother contestant
  • Brady Skjei, University of Minnesota hockey player drafted by the New York Rangers
  • Steve Strachan, former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and former chief of the Lakeville Police Department
  • Jordan Schroeder, professional hockey player for the Minnesota Wild.


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  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Metropolitan Council (2002-06-18). "Council to work with communities on household, job forecasts". Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Aaron Vehling (2011-03-24). "Lakeville grew larger, more diverse over the past decade". Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  8. ^ Robert O Greenawalt (March 1999). "The Dan Patch line". International Bond & Share Society. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  9. ^ A Glimpse of Lakeville's' Past Lakeville Area Historical Society
  10. ^ Karen Miller, translated by Ninna Engskow, edited by John W. Nielsen (1997). Many Danes, some Norwegians : Karen Miller’s diary, 1894. Blair, Neb. Lur Publications, Danish Immigrant Archive, Dana College. 
  11. ^ John Sucansky (2006-04-07). "Enggren's closing after 100 years of business". Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Argonne Village to occupy former WWI soldier resettlement area". 2005-01-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  13. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Minnesota Schools Receive NCLB Blue Ribbon Award" (Press release). Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  16. ^ Von Sternberg, Bob (2009-09-15). "7 schools in state to receive federal Blue Ribbon awards". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  17. ^ Lakeville North High School
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