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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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Inver Grove
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Location in Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota is located in the United States
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Location in the United States
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota is located in North America
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Location in North America
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
Established 1852
Incorporated 1965
 • Type Weak Mayor–Council
 • Total 30.22 sq mi (78.27 km2)
 • Land 27.86 sq mi (72.14 km2)
 • Water 2.37 sq mi (6.13 km2)
879 ft (268 m)
 • Total 35,801
 • Density 1,285.03/sq mi (496.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
55076, 55077
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-31076
GNIS feature ID 0645437
Website City of Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 35,801 at the 2020 census. The city was formed on March 9, 1965, with the merger of the village of Inver Grove and Inver Grove Township.

It is one of 186 cities and townships in the seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Inver Grove Heights is 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Saint Paul; nearby communities are South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Eagan, Newport, and Saint Paul Park (the last two across the Mississippi River).


After the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851, settlers from Ireland and Germany quickly staked claims in the rolling countryside west of the Mississippi River. Those of Irish descent farmed the eastern part of the community, while Germans cleared the wooded land to the west for their farms. French and English settlers built their homes along the river. The township of Inver Grove Heights was named after the Irish fishing village of Inver and the German town of Grove. Records show that 240 farms, four churches, and four school districts were founded by 1880.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.12 square miles (78.01 km2), of which 27.76 square miles (71.90 km2) is land and 2.36 square miles (6.11 km2) is water.

Interstate Highway 494 (a beltway bypass of Minneapolis–Saint Paul), U.S. Highway 52, Minnesota Highway 55, and Minnesota Highway 3 are four of Inver Grove Heights's main routes. 80th Street East (numbered from downtown Saint Paul) crosses the city in an east–west direction.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1860 646 —    
1870 971 +50.3%
1880 791 −18.5%
1890 1,211 +53.1%
1900 1,402 +15.8%
1910 1,384 −1.3%
1920 1,573 +13.7%
1930 1,617 +2.8%
1940 1,887 +16.7%
1950 2,419 +28.2%
1960 6,266 +159.0%
1970 12,148 +93.9%
1980 17,171 +41.3%
1990 22,477 +30.9%
2000 29,751 +32.4%
2010 33,880 +13.9%
2020 35,801 +5.7%
Note: Inver Grove and Inver Grove Township were merged in 1965 to form Inver Grove Heights.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,880 people, 13,476 households, and 9,036 families living in the city. The population density was 1,220.5 inhabitants per square mile (471.2/km2). There were 14,062 housing units at an average density of 506.6 per square mile (195.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.7% White, 3.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.9% of the population.

There were 13,476 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Sports and recreation

Facilities include Inver Wood Golf Course and Arbor Pointe Golf Club. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course called North Valley. The city also has a public community center with a waterpark, two sheets of ice and a full gym shared with the National Guard.


In 2007, the Metropolitan Council estimated the employment in Inver Grove Heights to be 11,158. The city hosts the headquarters of CHS, Inc., an agricultural cooperative ranked 12th in the 2007 ICA Global 300 list of mutuals and cooperatives, and 145th on the Fortune 500 list of U.S. corporations. Pine Bend Refinery, the largest oil refinery in Minnesota and fourteenth largest in the U.S., straddles the border with Rosemount. It is operated by Flint Hills Resources.

Inver Grove Heights is also the home of Gertens Greenhouses, one of the largest garden centers in the Midwest.

Top employers

According to Inver Grove Heights's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Flint Hills Resources 1,200
2 CHS 880
3 Inver Grove Heights Community Schools 535
4 Evergreen Industries 500
5 Gertens 475
6 City of Inver Grove Heights 387
7 Inver Hills Community College 350
8 Travel Tags 350
9 Total Construction and Equipment 250
10 Walmart 220


The Inver Grove Heights Community Schools district or Independent School District 199 operates five schools in the city:

  • Simley High School
  • Inver Grove Heights Middle School
  • Hilltop Elementary School
  • Pine Bend Elementary School
  • Salem Hills Elementary School

There is one private school for preschool through eighth grade in Inver Grove Heights: Berea Lutheran Church.

The western part of the city is served by Independent School District 196, with students attending Dakota Hills Middle School, Rosemount Middle School, Eagan High School, and Rosemount High School.

Inver Grove Heights is also home to Inver Hills Community College.

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