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Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles (19 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, and the 12th-largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is the 7th-largest suburb in the Twin Cities, with a population of 60,797 at the 2010 census.
Eden Prairie is an affluent suburb, yet with a mixed income city model, known for acclaimed schools, home to 7,213 firms and related jobs, and “renowned municipal and regional parks, conservation areas, trails, and recreational facilities that attract people of all ages and abilities.
Eleven Eden Prairie students scored perfect ACT scores in 2017. Walking trails include around its lakes, namely Purgatory Creek and Staring Lake, and the Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail. The city has more than 170 miles (270 km) of multi-use trails, 2,250 acres (9 km²) of parks, and 1,300 acres (5 km²) of open space. It is home to the headquarters of Digital River, SuperValu, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, MTS Systems Corporation, and the Minnesota Vikings. Regionally known for Eden Prairie Center, it is also the hub for SouthWest Transit, providing public transportation to three adjacent suburbs. KMSP and WFTC are also based in Eden Prairie.
Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents.
Eden Prairie has been named one of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America since 2006; the city earned first place in the 2010 survey and second place in 2016.
The city is on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River.
As of the census of 2010, there were 60,797 people, 23,930 households, and 16,517 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,873.6 inhabitants per square mile (723.4/km²). There were 25,075 housing units at an average density of 772.7 per square mile (298.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.7% White, 5.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 9.2% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.
There were 23,930 households of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.