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Greenfield
Motto(s): 
"Spirit of Place"
Location of Greenfieldwithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Greenfield
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Incorporated March 14, 1958
Area
 • City 21.51 sq mi (55.71 km2)
 • Land 20.37 sq mi (52.77 km2)
 • Water 1.14 sq mi (2.94 km2)
Elevation
1,001 ft (305 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City 2,777
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,038
 • Density 149.12/sq mi (57.58/km2)
 • Metro
3,279,833
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP codes
55357, 55373
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-25622
GNIS feature ID 1669530
Website www.ci.greenfield.mn.us

Greenfield is a rural city in northwestern Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States centered around farming. It has a population of 2,777 residents, according to the 2010 census, and is located 26.5 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.55 square miles (55.81 km2), of which 20.40 square miles (52.84 km2) is land and 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2) is water.

Minnesota State Highway 55 serves as the main road in the city. Greenfield is located along the Crow River, which flows through the Downtown River District and divides Hennepin County and Wright County. Nearby towns include Loretto, Rockford, Corcoran, Hanover, Buffalo, and Maple Grove.

History

Before Greenfield was a town, the area was originally known as Greenwood Township. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, Greenfield became incorporated on March 14, 1958.

Places of interest

The Lake Rebecca Park Reserve sits on the southwestern edge of Greenfield. It has a gently rolling landscape and numerous wetland areas. It also has biking trails, a playground, and a boat launch. In addition to the many outdoor opportunities found there, the park is a haven for wildlife.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 215
1870 425 97.7%
1880 604 42.1%
1890 704 16.6%
1900 780 10.8%
1910 733 −6.0%
1920 711 −3.0%
1930 688 −3.2%
1940 694 0.9%
1950 637 −8.2%
1960 639 0.3%
1970 977 52.9%
1980 1,391 42.4%
1990 1,450 4.2%
2000 2,544 75.4%
2010 2,777 9.2%
2020 2,903 4.5%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,777 people, 936 households, and 771 families residing in the city. The population density was 136.1 inhabitants per square mile (52.5/km2). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 936 households, of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.3% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.6% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.28.

The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 29.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.4% were from 25 to 44; 35.9% were from 45 to 64; and 7.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

Education

The main school district is Rockford Public Schools. The school district includes an elementary school (preschool to 4th grade), a middle school (grades 5th through 8th), and a high school (grades 9th through 12th). The elementary focuses mainly on an arts program, while the middle and high schools put more of an emphasis on technology. Originally, the Rockford School District was established by the Wright County commissioners on September 6, 1856, and the first school house was constructed by 1860. During the 1960s, the school underwent redistricting that gave its current designation as Independent School District #883.

Although the Rockford school district serves Rockford and most of Greenfield, a small portion of Greenfield is designated to the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose (BHM) School District #877. Students in the district attend elementary school in Hanover for grades K-5; however, for grades 6–8, students are bussed to Buffalo Community Middle School in Buffalo, Minnesota. The high school for the district, Buffalo High School, is also located in Buffalo. It is known for its arts magnet program. Portions of Greenfield are also located in the Delano school district.

Salem Lutheran School is a Christian Pre-K-8 school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Greenfield.

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