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Location of the city of Champlinwithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Champlin
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Country United States
State  Minnesota
County Hennepin
Founded 1852
Incorporated (town) 1859
Incorporated (city) 1971
 • Total 8.71 sq mi (22.55 km2)
 • Land 8.15 sq mi (21.11 km2)
 • Water 0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)  6.41%
853 ft (260 m)
 • Total 23,089
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,099.99/sq mi (1,196.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-10846
GNIS feature ID 0641097
Website City of Champlin

Champlin ( CHAMP-lən) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 23,089 at the 2010 census. Champlin is a northern suburb of Minneapolis.

U.S. Highway 169 and Hennepin County Road 12 (CR 12) are two of the main routes in Champlin.


The city of Champlin is located along the Mississippi River, surrounded by the cities of Anoka, Dayton, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids, 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Minneapolis.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.73 square miles (22.61 km2), of which 8.17 square miles (21.16 km2) is land and 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2) is water.

The average elevation is 875 feet (267 m) above sea level, and the Mississippi River is approximately one-eighth of a mile wide throughout Champlin.


The Champlin area was first settled when Father Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan priest from whom Hennepin County gets its name, Michael Accult, and Peter Dulay were captured by the Sioux Indians. An Indian trading post was eventually established in the area. Charles Miles created the first permanent settlement in what came to be named Marshall Township. In 1859, it was split into two towns, Champlin and Dayton.

The name Champlin came from the family name of U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Champlin. He was active in the war against England and Canada in 1812, and in the establishment of the Canadian–United States boundary. He died in Buffalo, New York, February 20, 1870.

The Commodore's daughter, Eliza Ellen Champlin, was married on August 30, 1853, to John B. Cook, a partner of Minnesota's Alexander Ramsey. Although Cook was never a resident of Champlin, he was involved in real estate transactions in Champlin, and in the incorporation of Champlin. In 1947, a portion of the former Champlin Township was incorporated to form the village of Champlin, and on January 2, 1971, Champlin Township and the village of Champlin consolidated as the result of a petitioned order from the Minnesota Municipal Commission, to form the city of Champlin.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 246
1890 325 32.1%
1950 828
1960 1,271 53.5%
1970 2,275 79.0%
1980 9,006 295.9%
1990 16,849 87.1%
2000 22,193 31.7%
2010 23,089 4.0%
2020 23,919 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 198
1870 292 47.5%
1880 456 56.2%
1890 620 36.0%
1900 653 5.3%
1910 579 −11.3%
1920 583 0.7%
1930 663 13.7%
1940 816 23.1%
1950 572 −29.9%
1960 822 43.7%
1970 2,429 195.5%
U.S. Census for Champlin Township

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 24,710 people, 8,328 households, and 6,305 families living in the city. The population density was 2,826.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,091.2/km2). There were 8,598 housing units at an average density of 1,052.4 per square mile (406.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 4.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 8,328 households, of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.3% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the city was 36.8 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 30.5% were from 45 to 64; and 6.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.


Each year, generally on the second weekend in June, the city of Champlin holds its Father Hennepin Festival. The festival is an annual celebration that began in 1976 to recognize the history behind the city of Champlin.


The Champlin area is served by Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, with four primary schools, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, Oxbow Creek Elementary, Jackson Middle School and Champlin Park High School. All the schools are clustered in a neighborhood near the intersection of 109th Avenue North and Douglas Avenue North. Oxbow Creek Elementary School is in Brooklyn Park.

Champlin Elementary School was built in 1938 to serve the primary educational needs of Champlin's schoolchildren. It served approximately 350 students in the 1st through 5th grades each year — about 1/3 as many as the newer Oxbow Creek Elementary, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) away. Champlin Elementary School received students directly from the Park View Early Childhood Center (converted to the Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science in 2011). It closed in summer 2010, due to financial cuts in the district, and has been put up for sale by the city. It merged with Riverview Elementary School to make the Champlin–Brooklyn Academy of Math and Environmental Science. Students began attending the new school during the 2010–11 school year.

Champlin Park High School is one of the largest high schools in the state, with approximately 2,975 students in 9th through 12th grades. It is in the Northwest Suburban Conference with large athletic and music programs. Champlin Park High receives students directly from Jackson Middle School.

Jackson Middle School was expanded in 2001 to become one of the largest junior high schools in the state of Minnesota. This was accomplished by the building of a completely new campus for Oxbow Creek Elementary about two blocks southwest of the existing campus. Jackson Middle School then expanded into the former Oxbow Creek Elementary building. In 2006, Jackson Middle School built an observatory, which hosts public viewing nights and provides astronomy education to both its and other Anoka–Hennepin students. Jackson Middle School is home to approximately 2,356 students in 6th through 8th grades. It receives students directly from Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, Dayton Elementary School, Oxbow Creek Elementary, and Monroe Elementary.

Oxbow Creek Elementary's new facility opened in 2001. It is an exact match to Andover Elementary School, as the school district used the same blueprints to build the two at the same time. Oxbow Creek Elementary provides educational services to 1,090 students in kindergarten through 5th grades.

Champlin–Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science, formerly Park View Kindergarten, provides kindergarten through 5th grade math and environmental science education.

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