Golden Valley, Minnesota
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 20,281 people, 8,449 households, and 5,508 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,982.3 people per square mile (765.4/km²). There were 8,589 housing units at an average density of 839.5 per square mile (324.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.07% White, 3.59% African American, 0.29% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.

There were 8,449 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples
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 living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,063, and the median income for a family was $75,899 (these figures had risen to $77,976 and $87,828 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $49,890 versus $35,967 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $34,094. About 0.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


Major employers in the City include:
  • Tennant Company
  • General Mills
    General Mills
    General Mills, Inc. is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The company markets many well-known brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totinos, Jeno's, Pillsbury, Green...
  • Pentair
    Pentair, Inc. is a Golden Valley, Minnesota based company focused on water technologies and enclosures for electronic products. Its Water Technologies Group provides products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water...
  • KARE
    KARE, digital channel 11, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota and portions of western Wisconsin. It also operates KARE WX NOW, formerly known as NBC Weather Plus on its second digital subchannel...

    , NBC
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     Affiliate for the Twin Cities
  • Bluestone Garden
  • Honeywell International
  • UnitedHealth Group
    UnitedHealth Group
    UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a diversified health and "well-being" company. Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group offers a spectrum of products and services through two operating businesses: United Healthcare and Optum. Through its family of subsidiaries and divisions,...

Even though the population of Golden Valley is only around 20,000, more than 30,000 people work in Golden Valley. This is because of the presence of large employers such as General Mills, Honeywell, and Pentair.


Golden Valley is located in Minnesota's 5th congressional district
Minnesota's 5th congressional district
Minnesota's 5th congressional district is a geographically small urban and suburban congressional district in Minnesota. It covers eastern Hennepin County, including the entire city of Minneapolis, along with parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties. It was created in 1883 and was named the "Bloody...

, represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Minneapolis lawyer Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison (politician)
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, a Democrat.  The city is split between two state legislative districts: 44B, represented by Representative Ryan Winkler and Senator Ron Latz, and 45B, represented by Representative Lyndon Carlson and Senator Ann Rest. All four are Democrats.


Golden Valley is a statutory city, where the Mayor votes with the City Council. Golden Valley operates under the council/manager form of government. This means the City Council sets the policy and overall direction for the City and appoints a city manager to serve as administrator. The city manager directs City staff in carrying out council decisions and providing services.

The Mayor serves a four-year term. There are four council members serving staggered four-year terms. Two council seats are up for election every two years, in odd-numbered years. The council members run citywide; there are no wards. The current Mayor is Linda Loomis. The current City Council is Mike Freiberg, Paula Pentel, DeDe Scanlon, and Bob Shaffer.


Most children who live in Golden Valley attend the Robbinsdale School District
Robbinsdale School District
Robbinsdale School District 281 is a school district centered in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The district includes all of the cities of Robbinsdale, Crystal, and New Hope, along with parts of the following cities:* The southwestern corner of...

 or the Hopkins School District, as all of the territory of the city belongs to one or the other school district. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.

Golden Valley High School was founded in 1957 and the adjacent Golden Valley Middle School was opened in 1964, and were closed in the early 1980s after the Golden Valley School District merged with Hopkins School District. Carl Sandburg Junior High School opened in 1959. In 1988 it became Sandburg Middle School. In 1981, the Breck School
Breck School
Breck School is an independent college-preparatory preK–12 school in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. It was founded in 1886 and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church...

, a private
Episcopal school, purchased the former Golden Valley High School and Middle School property and moved from Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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 to the campus of the former Golden Valley schools.

There is also a private elementary Catholic School named Good Shepherd Catholic School. (Its name was changed in 2006 from Parkvalley Catholic)

What is currently the site of the Perpich Center for Arts Education
Perpich Center for Arts Education
The Perpich Center for Arts Education is an agency of the State of Minnesota that works to improve arts education for Minnesota students and educators through programs and partnerships centered in the arts. A campus in Golden Valley houses the Center's three main components: the Professional...

 was originally the Golden Valley Lutheran College, which closed in 1985.

Notable people from Golden Valley

  • Tom Barnard
    Tom Barnard
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     - KQRS
    KQRS-FM is one of the most popular radio stations in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, and primarily broadcasts a classic rock music format...

     Morning Show Host, Voice-over artist
  • Scott Z. Burns
    Scott Z. Burns
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     - screenwriter
  • Jordan Leopold
    Jordan Leopold
    Jordan Leopold is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.-Playing career:...

    - National Hockey League
    National Hockey League
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     Member of U.S. Olympic hockey team and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Aaron Sele
    Aaron Sele
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     - Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
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  • David King (musician)
    David King (musician)
    David King is a drummer/ composer from Minneapolis. He is best known for being a founding member of the jazz groups The Bad Plus and Happy Apple although he is active in many other projects including free jazz collective Buffalo Collision with NYC "Downtown" legends Tim Berne and Hank Roberts and...

     - Drummer of The Bad Plus, Happy Apple and other groups
  • Kelly Lynch
    Kelly Lynch
    Kelly Lynch is an American actress. Once a model for the Elite modeling agency, Lynch appeared in the film Drugstore Cowboy which starred Matt Dillon, and the film Road House which starred Patrick Swayze....

    - Actress

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