Eagan ( ) is a city south of Saint Paul in Dakota County in the U.S. state of
The city lies on the south bank of the
, upstream from the
confluence with the Mississippi
. Eagan and nearby suburbs form the southern
portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.2 million residents.
U.S. Census Bureau
estimated the city's
population at 63,751 in 2007.
a rural Irish farming community and "Onion Capital of the United
States", Eagan became the eighth largest Minnesota city in the 2000
Census following the construction of Highway 77 and Interstate
494. Currently the fourth largest suburb in the
metro area, Eagan is predominantly a commuter town of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
The city's influence in the
region grew when the companies Northwest Airlines
and Thomson West
Eagan was named for Patrick Eagan who was the first chairman of the
town board of supervisors. Patrick Eagan tamed a parcel of land
near the present-day town hall. Eagan (born 1811) and his wife Margaret Twohy
(born 1816), emigrated from Tipperary, Ireland to Troy, New
York where they married in 1843. They arrived in
Mendota around 1853-1854, before settling in the Eagan
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
33.4 square miles (86.6 km²), of which, 32.3 square
miles (83.7 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles
(2.9 km²) of it (3.38%) is water.
Highway 35E, Interstate
Highway 494, Minnesota
Highways 13, 55, 77, and 149 are six of the main routes
in the city.
The Eagan Core Greenway is an ongoing-project to preserve Eagan's
environmentally-sensitive green space, with particular emphasis on
Patrick Eagan Park and a two-mile (3 km) greenway connecting
the park with Lebanon Hills
As of the census
of 2000, there were 63,557
people, 23,773 households, and 16,427 families residing in the
city. The population density
1,967.6 people per square mile (759.3/km²). There were 24,390
housing units at an average density of 755.1/sq mi
(291.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.03% White
, 3.41% African American
, 0.10% Pacific Islander
, 0.96% from
, and 1.93%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.24% of the
There were 23,773 households out of which 41.2% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples
living together, 8.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families.
23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age
of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 38.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to
64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
According to the 2000 census, median household income was
Males had a median income of $52,029
versus $35,641 for females. The per
for the city was $30,167. About 1.9% of families
and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 3.5% of those under age
18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
Eagan's municipal government is a Type A Statutory City, which
provides for a council size of 5 members, one of whom is the mayor.
Eagan's Mayor since 2007 has been Mike Maguire (1st term, council
member since 2003, seat up again in 2010).
The Council Members are:
- Paul Bakken (3rd non-consecutive term, since 2007, seat up
again in 2010)
- Gary Hansen (1st term, since 2009 special election, seat up
again in 2010)
- Cyndee Fields (3rd term, since 2001 seat up again in 2012)
- Meg Tilley (3rd term, since 2001, seat up again in 2012)
In general, city government is non-partisan. Candidates need not be
(and usually aren't) selected or endorsed by political parties, and
no such endorsement appears on the ballot by state law. All five
council seats including the mayor are elected at-large in the
general election every four years. Terms are staggered with two
council members being elected one election cycle, while the
remaining two seats and the mayor are elected two years later. The
non-mayoral seats are elected in pairs giving voters the chance to
vote for up to two candidates on the same question. If necessary
races are narrowed down during a primary election.
As a part of Dakota County, Eagan's northern precincts (1-9, 11, 17
and 21) join with regions northward to form the Third District on
the County Commission. It has been represented by former Eagan
Mayor Thomas Egan since 2005. The southern portions of the city
(precincts 10, 12-16) are joined by regions south and west to form
the Fourth District of the County Commission which has been
represented by Nancy Schouweiler since 1999. Country commissioners
serve four year terms.
Eagan is located in Minnesota's 2nd
, and has been represented by John Kline
) since 2003.
Since redistricting last occurred in 2002 Eagan straddles two
Minnesota State Senate districts. Twenty out of twenty-one Eagan
precincts are joined with three precincts in neighboring Burnsville
to form Senate District 38. SD38 is currently represented by
Senator Jim Carlson
) who defeated
first term Republican
Mike McGinn in 2006. Eagan’s northeastern most precinct is a part
of Senate District 39, represented by Senate President James Metzen
(DFL) who was first elected to the
State House in 1974.
In the State House of Representatives, each Senate District is
divided in to an “A” and a “B” side. The western half of SD38 makes
up House District 38A which has been represented by former city
council member Rep. Sandra Masin
(DFL) since defeating four term
representative Tim Wilkin (R) in 2006. The eastern half of SD38
makes up House District 38B which has been represented by Rep. Mike Obermuller
since defeating three term representative Lynn Wardlow (R) in 2008.
Rep. Rick Hanson
represents precinct one as part of House District 39A.
All legislative seats will be up for election again in 2010.Eagan
is home to Minnesota’s 38th and current Governor Tim
(R) who previously represented Eagan in the State
House, and in the City Council. Former mayor Patricia Anderson
(R) also served as the
17th State Auditor
Recently there have been two city questions that have gone to the
ballot for city residents to vote for. In 2008 the citizens voted
53% to 47% to allow for private development of a defunct golf
course instead of having the City purchase the land for future
public development or open space. In 2004 and in 2007 voters were
presented with plans drafted by an established Charter Commission
calling for the city to scrap its current governing structure as a
statutory city and adopt a new home-rule city charter. The measure
failed 80% to 20% in 2004 and 91% to 9% in 2007. The Charter
Commission was dissolved on June 18, 2008.
Eagan lies in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
(a Delta Air Lines
subsidiary), Mesaba Airlines
, and Buffets
are headquartered in Eagan. Northwest
Airlines employs around 1,830 people. With Northwest merging into
Delta, the Northwest headquarters will be disestablished. Todd
Klingel, president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce,
said that losing Northwest, a Fortune
company, would be "certainly a blow." He added, "But it's
been expected for so long. Let's get on with it. The key is what
can we do to minimize the loss to Minnesota."
home to businesses such as Thomson West
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(7,350 employees), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (3,900
employees) and Coca-Cola's Midwest
bottling facility (900 employees). The sparsely populated northern portions of
the city, being convenient to freeways and MSP Airport, are also home to a number of warehouses and
distribution centers including Minnesota's largest UPS hub with 1400 employees.
also famously visited by the "20th hijacker" of the September 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui,
prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York
Moussaoui attempted to complete flight
training school, but was ultimately refused service by local
resident Tim Nelson.
Colleges and Universities
Primary and secondary schools
served by three school districts: Independent School District
191, Independent School District
196, & Independent School District
- Deerwood Elementary School (196)
- Glacier Hills Elementary School (196)
- Northview Elementary School (196)
- Oak Ridge Elementary School (196)
- Pilot Knob Elementary School (197)
- Pinewood Community School (196)
- Rahn Elementary School (191)
- Red Pine Elementary School (196)
- Rosemount Elemetary School (196)
- Thomas Lake Elementary School (196)
- William Byrne Elementary School† (191) (in
- Woodland Elementary School (196)
† Denotes schools located outside of Eagan with attendance
boundaries that cover part of the city.
Gallery of images
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Water Park.jpg|Cascade BayImage:Eagan Civic Arena.jpg|Civic
ArenaImage:Wescott Library.jpg|Dakota County Library - Wescott
- " NWA pilots threaten to oppose merger."
Minnesota Public Radio. April
14, 2008. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
- " creditapp.pdf." Northwest
Airlines. Retrieved on May 18, 2009.
- " General Office." Mesaba Airlines.
Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
- " Whadja Think?" Buffets. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
- " Eagan, Minnesota at a Glance." City of Eagan.
Retrieved on July 28, 2009.
- Chapman, Dan. " In Minnesota, opposition, resignation to
merger." Cox News Service at Atlanta Journal
Constitution. Wednesday April 16, 2008. Retrieved on
September 16, 2009.