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The City of Excelsior is located only 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, nestled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.  You can find a relaxed and personalized atmosphere in this one-square-mile area with a population of 2,397.  The City is a unique blend of old and new.  Besides antique shops, there is also a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, a theater, and a bed-and-breakfast inn.  

 Excelsior (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 2,563 2,523 2,367 2,393 2,437 26 1.10
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.60 0.90 0.63 0.63 -- -0.00 -0.64
Density (persons per sq. mile) 4,271.67 2,803.33 3,757.14 3,822.85 -- 65.71 1.75
Housing Units 942 1,193 1,255 1,254 -- -1 -0.08
Households -- 1,149 1,160 1,199 1,243 39 3.36
Persons Per Household -- 2.15 2.00 1.95 1.91 -0.05 -2.54


Excelsior is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highway 7 serves as a main route. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 kmē), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.6 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (7.46%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 2,393 people, 1,199 households, and 547 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,822.9 people per square mile (1,466.6/kmē). There were 1,254 housing units at an average density of 2,003.3/sq mi (768.5/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 94.07% White, 0.75% African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 1.55% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.13% of the population.

There were 1,199 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.2% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.3% were non-families. 45.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,598, and the median income for a family was $61,406. Males had a median income of $40,845 versus $28,717 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,127. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

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EXCELSIOR, organized May 11, 1858, "owes its name and settlement to a colony, under the title of the Excelsior Pioneer Association," which was formed in New York City, November 12, 1852. "They were headed by George M. Bertram and arrived in the summer of 1853." The colony adopted this name in allusion to Henry W. Longfellow's world-famous short poem, "Excelsior," which was written September 28, 1841, and was published a few days later. The city of Excelsior was incorporated as a village on June 14, 1878; the oldest of the Lake Minnetonka communities, it was settled in the early 1850s and platted in 1855; its post office began in 1854. Rev. Charles Galpin, first a minister in Chanhassen, 1853, then moved to Excelsior and was the first postmaster; his brother, Rev. George Galpin, built the town's first hotel, a log cabin, in 1854. The village was the site of many resort hotels with pavilions and yacht marinas and of two amusement parks: the Big Island Amusement Park, 1906-11, was a major attraction for those who came from the Twin Cities; the second, Excelsior Amusement Park, opened in 1925 and was closed and demolished in 1974.

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Excelsior City Hall
339 Third Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 474-5233
Fax: (952) 474-6300

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday  7:30 am - 5:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Todd R. Carlson
634 3rd Avenue
Excelsior, MN 55331
(707) 735-9903
City Manager appointed Kristi Luger
339 Third Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
Email (952) 653-3672
Council Member 12/31/2022 Dale Kurschner
221 3rd Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
Email (763) 567-9241
Council Member 12/31/2022 Jennifer Caron
182 3rd Avenue
Excelsior, MN 55331
Email (612) 812-3695
(952) 474-7824
Council Member 12/31/2024 Lou Dierking
701 Pleasant Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
(651) 283-7703
Council Member 12/31/2024 Ann Hersman
823 Hidden Lane
Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 470-9519

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545 2nd Street
Excelsior, MN
(952) 401-9093
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Fax: (952) 474-2866

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