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Location of Cooper within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Location of Cooper within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
City Minneapolis
Community Longfellow
 • Total 0.67 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Total 3,503
 • Density 5,230/sq mi (2,019/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 612
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 3,938
1990 3,708 −5.8%
2000 3,448 −7.0%
2010 3,503 1.6%

The Cooper neighborhood (part of the larger Longfellow community) resides along the west shore of the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis. It is bound by 34th St. E. on the south, 38th Ave. S. on the west, 27th St. E. on the north, and the river gorge to the east. Bordering neighborhoods are Seward to the north, Longfellow to the west, and Howe to the south. St. Paul's Merriam Park neighborhood is just across the Mississippi River to the east.

Cooper was named after the 19th-century author James Fenimore Cooper, best known for writing The Last of the Mohicans (1832).


The Mississippi River Gorge is unique to this stretch of the entire Mississippi. The river cut an eighty-plus foot gorge as what is now St. Anthony Falls moved upstream over thousands of years, finally stopping at downtown Minneapolis due to engineering work during the city's flour milling boom times. Today, the Mississippi River Gorge is a protected natural landscape.

Political representation

Cooper is represented by the following people:

  • City Council (2nd Ward): Cam Gordon
  • City Council (12th Ward): Sandy Colvin Roy
  • Minneapolis Park Board (3rd Precinct): Scott Vreeland
  • Minneapolis Mayor:[ Betsy Hodges
  • Hennepin County Commissioner: Peter McLaughlin
  • Minnesota House of Representatives (District 62A): Jim Davnie
  • Minnesota Senate (District 62): Patricia Torres Ray
  • US House of Representatives Keith Ellison

Notable residents

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African-American activists
Mary McLeod Bethune
Alberta Odell Jones
Audre Lorde
John Berry Meachum
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