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Eden Prairie MN - Best City in America

Updated on December 27, 2017
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Located at the confluence of the Minnesota River and Mississippi River near Eden Prairie and the Mississippi National Recreation Center.
Located at the confluence of the Minnesota River and Mississippi River near Eden Prairie and the Mississippi National Recreation Center. | Source

Number One Best City In America - Best Economy

CNNMoney magazinne recognized Eden Prairie, Minnesota as the Best City for Living in America in 2010, a list of which the city has been a member since 2006. In the next decade, Eden Prairie jockeyed between first and third best city each year at the top of the list.

One reason for the Number One distinction is that its residents are considered among a group of the healthiest people in the country, according to city, county, and state media releases. They live in the area responsible for outstanding postsecondary education, particularly in medicine and in psychological assessment.

Best City

In 2011, Eden Prairie was also voted the Best City for Senior Citizens in America and Number Two for a healthy retirement.

Purgatory Creek Park in winter, Eden Priaire.
Purgatory Creek Park in winter, Eden Priaire. | Source
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8080 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, USA
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Sustainable, Safe Eden Prairie

Another reason for the honor is the city's dedication to sustainability and environment, maintaining its portion of the Minnesota River on which it lies, at least 17 local lakes, a number of parks, and over 100 miles of trails for bike and foot activities. That dedication contributes to greater overall health among the population as well. Cold in winter, the general atmosphere of the Eden Prairie area is clean and open, with big cities and green spaces to enjoy within them.

A dozen miles to the southwest of Minneapolis, Eden Prairie features its own airport, Flying Cloud Airport, with a history to WWII; and a regional mall at Eden Prairie Center. The mall opened in the 1970s and was renovated in both the 1990s and 2000s. Southwest Transit is the city's mass transit company, providing bus service on weekdays around several communities near and in Minneapolis, including the University of Minnesota.

Eden Prairie is advertised as a safe community for families and seniors and fun for young adults, with many businesses and higher educational facilities of its own in addition to those in Minneapolis. Attractions, hotels, clubs, and restaurants draw visitors and new residents as well.

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B markerUniversity of Minnesota - Minneapolis -
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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C markerSt, Paul MN -
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D markerWoodbury MN -
Woodbury, MN, USA
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Fastest growing suburb of Minneapolis - St. Paul

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F markerMayo Clinic Rochester MN -
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  • Midwest Region Refuge System

    The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 to provide habitat for a large number of wildlife species.

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - University of Minnesota

    Over 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and Three-Mile Drive.

  • The Museum of Russian Art - Minneapolis - The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) is presently the only non-profit museum in North America dedicated solely to the preservation and presentation of educational exhibitions and related events pertaining to Russian art and artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • MetroTransit
  • SouthWest Transit -- Home
  • Three Rivers Park District

    A park and trail system that serves the west suburban Minneapolis and St. Paul Twin Cities area of Minnesota with events and activities for all seasons.

Publishing and Writing Center of Minnesota

Eden Prairie is included in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area, which is well known for producing successful authors and publishing houses that serve clients globally. A selected partial list of published, may advertising job openings, is presented below.

One of the great writers from this area is Andrea J. Sisco, co-author of a Young Adult series and a the first n her mystery series A Deadly Habit: A Penelope Santucci Mystery.

Increases in Publishing Jobs To 2014


At least 14 different Native American Nations lived in Minnesota, many around the Minneapolis region.

Native North Americans in Minnesota

For thousands of years, at least 10,000 - 12,000, our North American First Nations and Native Americans inhabited what is now Eden Prairie and the regions surrounding it.

At least 14 different Native American Nations lived in Minnesota, many around the Minneapolis region and many passed through to other territories. Some of these nations are the Arapaho, Chippewa, Delaware, Fox. Illinois, and Iowa.

As in other northern states, the Indigenous hunter began trade with European trappers and by 1851, a treaty between Native Americans and the US Federal Government targeted lands west of the Mississippi River in Minnesota for settlers to build homes and farms. Although several native groups moved westward, many remained in the area and native culture is preserved. A Native American Cultural Corridor is an ongoing project in Minneapolis.

Ojibwe (Chippewa) Delegation to Washington DC, 1852

"Reminices of Life Among Indians" by Benjamin Armstrong and Thomas Wentworth in 1891.
"Reminices of Life Among Indians" by Benjamin Armstrong and Thomas Wentworth in 1891. | Source
200% Job Increase in 2012 and 2015
200% Job Increase in 2012 and 2015 | Source

Top 10 Hot Jobs Out of Ninety Thousand Job listings

  • During the latter half of August 2010, only 52,000 job vacancies were listed across the Internet for a region spanning a radius of 25 miles from the city center of Eden Prairie. Job listings increased throughout August.
  • By May 2013, the number of available job listings had climbed to 94,000 and remained at 90 - 95K to early 2014.
  • Jobs increased again in 2015, but as much as 200% (see above graphic).

This market area encompasses the localities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Eagan, Young America, and several others in a large megaplex. The most frequently listed job openings in this area have been, according to the comprehensive job search engines and, which gather all Internet listings:

  1. Truck Drivers for Federal Companies Trucking
  2. Holiday Stationstores Jobs - Convenience store chain in the US upper midwest.
  3. Software Engineers - Especially at Thomson Reuters.
  4. Retail Sales Managers, Salespeople and Cashiers
  5. Assistant Managers - Retail, boutiques, book stores, coffee shops, small dining outlets, etc.
  6. Wireless Sales Manager and Sales People
  7. Business Analysts -- Average market wage = $74,000
  8. Registered Nurses (RNs) -- Average market wage = $56,000
  9. Retail Sales Representatives
  10. Physical Therapists

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Automotive Technicians
  2. Manufacturing Technicians
  3. Accountants
  4. Store Managers
  5. Administrative Assistants
  6. Wholesales Sales Representatives
  7. Teacher for daycare facilities and early learning centers
  8. Assemblers
  9. Engineers
  10. Personal Bankers

Holiday Stationstores is the 25th largest convenience store chain in the United States.

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Federal Companies Trucking
  2. Holiday Stationstores
  3. UnitedHealth Group
  4. HealthEast
  5. University of Minnesota
  6. Fairview Health
  7. Medtronic
  8. Robert Half Management Resources
  9. University of Minnesota Physicians
  10. Knight Transportation
  11. Deloitte
  12. Allina Health System
  13. Robert Half Finance & Accounting
  14. Aerotek Scientific
  15. Boston Scientific
  16. Ameriprise Financial
  17. Park Nicollet Health Services
  18. Thomas Reuters
  19. AT&T
  20. Supervalu - Grocery and Drug stores
  21. Eden Prairie Schools
  22. Walt Disney Parks

Highlights of Large Employers

  • Anagram is headquartered in Eden Prairie and is the largest manufacturer globally of metallic balloons. As an employer, the company offers an attractive benefit package that encompasses a 401k, profit-sharing, and bonuses.
  • C.H. Robinson Worldwide - A Fortune 500 company, it is a shipping trucking, and logistics giant.
  • Minnesota Vikings - Practice facility and home front office are located in Eden Prairie. Visit
  • is also located right in Eden Prairie and is America's fastest growing, multi-media shopping network. A broadcasting center is also located in Eden Prairie, about 15 miles from Minneapolis.
  • SuperValu is an owner of multiple chains of grocery, pharmacy and home store department stores, headquartered in Eden Prairie and founded in 1870 as a dry goods store. A feature of their training programs includes SuperValu University.
  • Starkey Labs is the global leader in the output of personal hearing aids.

Largest Health and Medical Products Companies

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Local Colleges, Universities and Technical Schools

  • Augsburg College
  • Brown Institute
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • Thunderbird Aviation
  • University of Minnesota - Includes U of M Medical Center and U of M Medical School (founded 1888)
  • University of St. Catherine @ St. Paul
  • University of St. Thomas - St. Paul

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    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I had no idea. I live south an hour south of Eden Prairie and it is great place to live in that it is very metropolitan yet has a home town feel and looks more natural and less congested then most metro areas.

      very interesting that it was voted best city for living.

      Great informative hub. Lots of information I had no clue about such as the Native American background and did not know it was renowned of publishing and successful authors.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Your hub is so well laid out. Although the Hot Jobs have no interest but I always enjoy your informative history and pictures of the place. It is always so comprehensive.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Very informative and a service to job seekers everywhere!

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I bet it gets cold in the winter there. And it takes a long time to get to the ocean. How can it be the best city in America? Well I guess I might have to visit the place now and see for myself.

      Thanks for the informative well written hub.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Great images, tons of information and a really good hub. I can always count on getting clear and to the point knowledge from your work. Top 10 Hot Jobs in Eden Prairie - Best City in America 2010, I can see why it would get this nichname. SOunds like a place where some of the larger and well known town could learn from. I really respect the safety rating for seniors. Nice job once again!