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  Location of Savage Minnesota

 Savage (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2008
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 3,611 3,954 9,906 21,115 26,852 11,209 113.15
Land Area (sq. mile) 17.10 16.15 15.91 15.91 -- 0.00 0.02
Density (persons per sq. mile) 211.2 244.8 622.6 1,326.9 -- 704.28 113.11
Housing Units 969 1,272 3,395 6,994 -- 3,599 106.01
Households -- 1,234 3,255 6,807 8,866 3,552 109.12
Persons Per Household -- 3.20 3.04 3.10 3.02 0.06 1.86


Savage is a suburban city 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Scott County in the state of Minnesota. The city is situated on the south bank of the Minnesota River. The city's northern boundary is the Minnesota River; its tributary the Credit River flows northwardly through the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.5 square miles (42.8 km˛), of which, 15.9 square miles (41.2 km˛) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km˛) of it (3.69%) is water. The elevation is 722 ft (220 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 21,115 people, 6,807 households, and 5,717 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,326.9 people per square mile (512.4/km˛). There were 6,994 housing units at an average density of 439.5/sq mi (169.7/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 90.65% White, 1.59% African American, 0.25% Native American, 5.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.

There were 6,807 households out of which 56.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 11.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.6% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 43.5% from 25 to 44, 13.7% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $75,097, and the median income for a family was $79,244 (these figures had risen to $92,571 and $99,814 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,884 versus $35,824 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,858. About 1.9% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

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In the 1600s, French fur traders and explorers explored the Minnesota River valley. After 1750, Mdewakanton Dakota then settled at Chief Black Dog's camp—near what is now Black Dog Lake in Burnsville. Dakota used the Minnesota River valley region including present day Savage for fish, game, boating and camping.

In 1852, traders established a small post at the confluence of the Credit River and the Minnesota River. William Byrne, who immigrated from County Kilkenny, Ireland to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1840, arrived in the area shortly after, via steamboat from Fort Snelling. Already established in business and trade, he and other Irish and Scottish settlers build Hamilton Landing, a port for boats, named after the city he immigrated to in Canada. The town incorporated in 1892 as the village of Hamilton. Byrne later settled another nearby area which became Burnsville.

The Chicago Northwestern (present day Union Pacific Railroad) railway line reached the site in 1865, and in 1866 the town gained a post office. Hamilton became the crossroads of trade and service in the region with the Credit River, Minnesota River, the valley's wagon and road trails, and the rail line.

The post office was later renamed Glendale Post Station in 1894 and formed Glendale Township to the west of Hamilton but was later consolidated with Savage in 1969. The roughly 17 blocks of the late 19th century town remain as Savage's downtown along Highway 13 (Minnesota).

In 1902, Minneapolis entrepreneur Marion Willis Savage purchased racing horse Dan Patch and trained and raced him at his farm in the limits of Hamilton. Dan Patch's notoriety grew as the horse began breaking speed records and with it the prestige of the town. In 1904 the townspeople renamed the community after Savage with the post office officially confirming. In 1906 at the Minnesota State Fair, Dan Patch broke the world pacing mile record at 1 minute and 55 seconds, a record that remained unsurpassed for 54 years.

During World War II, Savage was home to Camp Savage, a Military Intelligence School (MIS) language school, which taught Japanese to American military personnel. Established in 1942, the school trained with niseis and improved military intelligence of the time. It was later relocated to Fort Snelling and the camp is commemorated at Normandale College's Japanese garden. At about the same time, Cargill, Incorporated, began building ships for the U.S. Navy at the newly constructed Meadowland Shipyard, renamed Port Cargill (former site of Hamilton Landing). To launch the ships, 14 miles (23 km) of the Minnesota River were dredged down to 9 feet (2.7 m) from Savage to the Mississippi River confluence. About 3,500 people were employed during peak production resulting in 18 auxiliary oil and gas carriers and 4 tugboats constructed. After World War II the port began shipping agricultural commodities.

Savage remained undeveloped in the post-war housing boom, isolated by the Minnesota River and without a direct interstate connection. Lack of available construction materials in the immediate area also prevented development.  By the 1980s, with the upgrade of Highway 13 (Minnesota) and construction of the Highway 169 Bloomington Ferry Bridge across the Minnesota River, Savage's population finally boomed as one of the growing exurb cities with low cost greenfield land in the metropolitan area. The citizens of Savage reclaimed some of their history in the early 2000s, when it relocated the displaced Savage Depot built in 1880 by the then Chicago, Minneapolis and Omaha Rail Road.

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SAVAGE, a city in the northeast corner of Glendale, incorporated as a village on November 7, 1892, and separated from the township on March 5, 1920, after being called Hamilton during many years, was renamed in honor of Marion Willis Savage, who here owned a horse-training farm, with a covered track for practice in racing. He was born near Akron, Ohio, March 26, 1859; removed to Minneapolis in 1886 and engaged in manufacture of stock foods; purchased the world's champion racing horse Dan Patch for $60,000 in 1902; constructed the Dan Patch Electric Line railway from Minneapolis to Savage, Northfield, and Faribault; died in Minneapolis, July 12, 1916, on the next day after his famous horse died. The Dan Patch line soon afterward became insolvent, but in July 1918 it was purchased by a reorganized company, being renamed theMinneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railroad.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Savage City Hall
6000 McColl Drive
Savage, MN 55378-2464
Phone: (952) 882-2660
Fax: (952) 882-2656

The City Council has an official meeting at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month in the City Council chambers.

Savage City Hall, Savage Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2011 Janet Williams n/a
City Administrator appointed Barry Stock (952) 882-2660
City Clerk appointed Ellen Classen (952) 882-2642
Council Member 12/31/2011 Al McColl n/a
Council Member 12/31/2009 Gene Abbott n/a
Council Member 12/31/2009 Jane Victorey n/a
Council Member 12/31/2011 Christine Kelly n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
6100 McColl Drive
Savage, MN
(952) 707-0857
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:15 pm
Saturday                4:30 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Minnesota Valley Electric Coop (952) 492-2313
Electricity Xcel Energy   (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 269-1114
Wastewater Metropolitan Council Environmental Svc (651) 222-8423
Water Savage Municipal (952) 224-3440
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 224-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (952) 895-0218

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Super Target Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 330
Continental Machines Inc Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 250
Fabcon Inc Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing 250
Cub Foods Grocery & Related Product Wholesalers 150
Silgan Container Corp Boiler, Tank & Shipping Container Manufacturing 150
Waste Management Inc Waste Collection 150
Cargill Inc Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 140
Rainbow Foods Grocery & Related Product Wholesalers 130
BF Nelson Corp Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 100
Continental Hydraulics Div Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 100
Master Electric Co Inc Building Equipment Contractors 100
Road Machinery & Supplies Co Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 75
Chief Manufacturing Other Information Services 72
Sun Source (STS Operating) Performing Arts Companies 70
Burnsville Heating & Air Conditioning Building Equipment Contractors 50


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