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Chanhassen, Minnesota
Location of Chanhassen in Carver County, Minnesota
Location of Chanhassen in Carver County, Minnesota
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Coordinates: 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056Coordinates: 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Carver, Hennepin
Area
 • Total 22.82 sq mi (59.10 km2)
 • Land 20.37 sq mi (52.77 km2)
 • Water 2.44 sq mi (6.33 km2)
Elevation
974 ft (295 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 22,952
 • Estimate 
(2019)
26,389
 • Density 1,295.23/sq mi (500.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55317
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-10918
GNIS feature ID 0641106
Website City of Chanhassen

Chanhassen is a city about 16 miles (26 kilometres) southwest of Minneapolis in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 22,952 at the 2010 census.

History

The origin of the name comes from the Dakota word chanhasen meaning "sugar-maple tree" (chan, tree; haza, a tree with sap). The northern metro area Hassan Township carries the latter syllable of the word to avoid confusion. Chanhassen was ranked as the #2 best place to live in America in 2009 by Money Magazine, and fourth among small towns rated as best places to live in 2013.

Geography

Chanhassen is located at 44°51′44″N 93°31′50″W / 44.86222°N 93.53056°W / 44.86222; -93.53056.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.88 square miles (59.26 km2), of which 20.44 square miles (52.94 km2) is land and 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2) is water. Although the bulk of Chanhassen is in Carver County, a small portion also extends into Hennepin County.

U.S. Highway 212 and Minnesota State Highways 5 and 41 are three of the main routes in Chanhassen.

Township 116 North, Range 23 West, Fifth Principal Meridian of the Public Land Survey System.

Climate

Climate data for Chanhassen, MN
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 24
(-4.4)
31
(-0.6)
43
(6.1)
60
(15.6)
74
(23.3)
83
(28.3)
86
(30)
83
(28.3)
75
(23.9)
62
(16.7)
42
(5.6)
28
(-2.2)
57.6
(14.21)
Average low °F (°C) 3
(-16.1)
10
(-12.2)
23
(-5)
36
(2.2)
48
(8.9)
57
(13.9)
62
(16.7)
60
(15.6)
51
(10.6)
39
(3.9)
25
(-3.9)
11
(-11.7)
35.4
(1.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.93
(23.6)
0.62
(15.7)
1.77
(45)
2.40
(61)
3.65
(92.7)
4.21
(106.9)
4.43
(112.5)
4.48
(113.8)
2.97
(75.4)
2.14
(54.4)
2.00
(50.8)
0.84
(21.3)
30.44
(773.2)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 175
1910 164 −6.3%
1920 129 −21.3%
1930 128 −0.8%
1940 132 3.1%
1950 182 37.9%
1960 244 34.1%
1970 4,879 1,899.6%
1980 6,359 30.3%
1990 11,732 84.5%
2000 20,321 73.2%
2010 22,952 12.9%
2020 25,947 13.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

According to data from the US Census Bureau the median household income (using data from 2008 to 2012) for Chanhassen was $103,462. For the same time period the per capita income was $46,305. Three percent of the population was living below the poverty line.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 22,952 people, 8,352 households, and 6,257 families living in the city. The population density was 1,122.9 inhabitants per square mile (433.6/km2). There were 8,679 housing units at an average density of 424.6 per square mile (163.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 1.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 8,352 households, of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 39.3 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 32.3% were from 45 to 64; and 7.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Points of interest

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The Temple of ECK on the Eckankar Spiritual Campus
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Prince's Paisley Park Studios complex

Chanhassen is home to several attractions that are well-recognized throughout the state and even nationally.

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Paisley Park Studios
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Eckankar Spiritual Campus

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation's largest professional dinner theatre, and the largest privately owned restaurant in the state of Minnesota. Since 1968, more than 200 plays have been produced and played to more than ten million guests.

Recreation

The city of Chanhassen places a strong emphasis on parks, open space, trails and recreation.

Beaches

Chanhassen has five public beaches.

  • Lake Ann Beach (Lake Ann)
  • Greenwood Shores Beach (Lake Ann)
  • Minnewashta Regional Park (Lake Minnewashta)
  • Roundhouse Park Beach (Lake Minnewashta)
  • Carver Beach (Lotus Lake)

Trails

Chanhassen prides itself on providing a comprehensive, multipurpose trail system. The city has built and maintains 70 miles of trails. Many of the city’s trails are located in natural resource corridors.

Skate Park

The Chanhassen Skate Park was installed in September 1999. The park is located between City Hall and the downtown fire station. It features a wedge, quarter pipe, half pipe, hotbox, doobie roller, spine and grind rails.

Sports

Many youth sports programs are offered through the Chanhassen Athletic Association, including baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer.

Chanhassen is also home to the Chanhassen Red Birds amateur baseball team.

Fishing

Several well-producing lakes in Chanhassen keep the sportsmen busy year-round with fishing during the warm months and ice fishing when the lakes freeze-over. Both Lake Minnewashta and Lake Ann contain large and aggressive northern pike for the adept anglers.

Economy

Companies with headquarters in Chanhassen include:

  • AmericInn
  • Bongards Creameries
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Snap Fitness
  • Supervalu has its western satellite of the corporate headquarters in Chanhassen.

Top employers

According to the city's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Life Time Fitness 1,911
2 Instant Web Companies 1,123
3 Rosemount Inc. 863
4 The Bernard Group 665
5 Eastern Carver County Schools 470
6 General Mills 334
7 RR Donnelley 321
8 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 290
9 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 266
10 Target 210

Education

Chanhassen is split between two school districts. Most of the city is in District 112 (Chaska School District), with most Chanhassen students attending Chanhassen High School, Chaska Middle School West, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chanhassen Elementary, and Bluff Creek Elementary. Northern sections of Chanhassen are a part of District 276 (Minnetonka School District), with most students attending Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka Middle School East, Minnetonka Middle School West, Clear Springs Elementary, and Scenic Heights Elementary. Also, some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute. Chapel Hill Academy and St. Hubert Catholic School are private primary education institutions located in downtown Chanhassen.

Sports

Many youth sports programs are offered through the Chanhassen Athletic Association, including baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer.

Chanhassen is also home to the Chanhassen Red Birds amateur baseball team (2018 Class B State Champions).

Notable people

  • Jared Allen, former Minnesota Vikings defensive end, resided in Chanhassen during the season
  • Stu Bickel, NHL defenseman for the New York Rangers
  • Julia Coleman, politician and member of the Minnesota Senate
  • Tony Denman, actor, grew up in Chanhassen
  • James Denton, actor
  • Dave Huffman, former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings and former Park & Recreation commissioner, lived in Chanhassen
  • Kris Humphries, NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks
  • Jim Lord, Minnesota State Treasurer
  • Miles Lord, attorney and United States District Court judge
  • Tim Mattran, NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, grew up in Chanhassen
  • John L. Nelson, jazz musician and father of rock musician Prince
  • Erik Paulsen, former representative Minnesota's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives
  • Prince, singer and musician, owned Paisley Park Studios
  • Frank Ragnow, professional football player with the Detroit Lions, played high school football in Chanhassen
  • Debbie Turner, actress
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